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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 June 2006 (USA)
A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather.

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In toney Brentwood, Benjamin Fiedler prepares for his bar mitzvah; trouble is, he understands neither its meaning nor the Hebrew, and his parents (particularly his successful-agent father) are planning the most lavish party possible. Benjamin wants his dad to give him some space, so he gets an idea: to invite his grandfather, who left the family years ago and for whom Benjamin's dad has an intense dislike, to come two weeks early. Thanks in part to grandpa - and to the immediate family's love - Benjamin may have a shot at figuring out what it means to be a man. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Something's not quite kosher.

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for some crude language, nudity and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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2 June 2006 (USA)  »

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Lucky 13  »

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$653,723 (USA) (14 May 2006)

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$4,328,294 (USA) (30 July 2006)
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Garry Marshall was not originally going to appear in the movie and was only doing readings for the film with other actors when in the end he was cast as the father Irwin Fiedler. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Zachary is talking to Benjamin at Hebrew school about his fear of reading the Haftorah in front of a crowd, Zachary can be seen mouthing the words Benjamin is saying, "...cool up there at your Bar Mitzvah". See more »

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Rose Fiedler: Shamu is Jewish?
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In the first set of end credits, Mark John Jefferies is listed as a cast member, but in the final comprehensive set, he is listed as Marc John Jeffries. See more »

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References Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) See more »

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Any Place I've Lived
Written by Kurt Heasley (as K. Heasley)
Performed by The Lilys
Courtesy of spinART Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Thaddaus Hill: Hey, I'm running too!
3 September 2008 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

Ah, how is it like to "keep up with the Steins"? The answer is that it is much like keeping up with the Joneses, except this competition is more Jewish. Well, if you call attempts at reading Hebrew "Jewish".

The Fiedlers are trying to one-up the Steins post-Bar Mitzvah party. Their son doesn't much want it, but instead wants to see the grandfather he didn't know. Combine that with the fact that his dad doesn't like grandpa for an obvious reason leads to an interesting confrontation.

There are a few funny things. Yes there is nudity, but not many people go for old man nudity in a pool. Also his cane is a nice addition because of its usefulness with annoying drivers.

The downside is that is comes off like a quasi-false documentary. While that is nice, knowing the soon-to-be man's thoughts, it doesn't play out too much further.

Overall, it had some entertainment value. "C+"


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