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Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 April 2000 (USA)
Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Jake and Brian are friends. They are Jewish and Catholic respectively. They would grow up and become a rabbi and priest. Anna, whom they knew when they were younger, comes back to town a stunning woman. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. Jake finds himself attracted to Anna but because she's not Jewish, he can't marry her as it would make his appointment less likely. Brian also finds himself attracted to Anna, but the priesthood doesn't allow that. Their friendship is strained when each learns of the other's feelings for her. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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14 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Divinas tentaciones  »

Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,078,671 (USA) (14 April 2000)

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$37,036,404 (USA) (4 August 2000)
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Trivia

During a sermon scene in the beginning, Edward Norton's character references the film Se7en (1995) as, "A popular movie with Brad Pitt". Se7en was directed by David Fincher, who also directed Norton and Pitt in Fight Club (1999). See more »

Goofs

Brian describes 13-year-old Anna as "a cross between Jonny Quest and Tatum O'Neal in Foxes". Tatum O'Neal wasn't in Foxes. He's either referring to Jodie Foster in Foxes, or Tatum O'Neal in Little Darlings. Then again, he was drunk. See more »

Quotes

Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: I keep thinking about what you said in seminary, that the life of a priest is hard and if you can see yourself being happy doing anything else you should do that.
Father Havel: That was my recruitment pitch, which is not bad when you're starting out because it makes you feel like a marine. The truth is you can never tell yourself there is only one thing you could be. If you are a priest or if you marry a woman it's the same challenge. You cannot make a real commitment unless you accept that it's a choice ...
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Crazy Credits

Thank-yous include one to "Salmita Bonita", a reference to actor-director 'Edward Norton''s girlfriend, actress Salma Hayek. See more »

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References The Philadelphia Story (1940) See more »

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Please Call Me Baby
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
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Edward Norton continues to impress
9 April 2000 | by (Rocky River, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Only this time Norton is not only in front of, but also behind, the camera.

Keeping the Faith is a funny, romantic and very smart romantic comedy. The three leads are charming and believable, the supporting cast is outstanding, the script is insightful and fresh, the technical credits are polished, the musical selections are energetic, and the tone is so consistently enjoyable that I have to say it's my favorite romantic comedy since Jerry Maguire.

Stiller proves again what a surprisingly strong romantic lead he is and carries the whole film, Norton is consistently one of the best actors working and here takes a role like no other he's played before, and Elfman is a real revelation: she's never been this beautiful, confident and intelligent before. She makes it very easy to see why both a priest and a rabbi would fall head over heels in love with her.

Keeping the Faith works in every way a romantic comedy should but works on an even higher level thanks to a refreshing incorporation of religion and spirituality. It is in no way heavy handed or dogmatic (or judgemental) in its approach to the subject matter, simply believable and interesting, it's a part of who these characters are.

If you like romantic comedies this is a must see, but anyone who can appreciate a solid story, strong characters and two hours of movie bliss will enjoy this film.


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