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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim (as Marc John Jeffries)
Tom Hines ...
Karen Sussman
Ashley Grunwald (as Brittany Robertson)
DJ Quik ...
Sky Bear Aguilar ...
Native American Boy


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucky 13  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$653,723 (USA) (12 May 2006)


$4,328,294 (USA) (28 July 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neil Diamond: As himself. Diamond had previously starred in the Jewish musical movie remake The Jazz Singer (1980). See more »


In the scene where Benjamin is talking to his grandfather while fishing on the pier; at one point the background behind Ben is filled with sailboats while the camera is on him. The shot switches to his grandfather for a few lines and when it switches back to Ben, just a few seconds later, the sailboats are all gone. There was not enough time for the boats to have sailed out of the scene. See more »


Joanne Fiedler: Adam, get in the friggin' chair.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits is a scene where a miniature horse or pony is delivered to Ashley Grunwald's house. See more »


Spoofs Titanic (1997) See more »


Climb These Walls
Written by Todd Bozung (as T. Bozung) and Peter Plath (as P. Plath)
Produced by Todd Bozung
Performed by Erin Anne Williams featuring Scott Marshall
Courtesy of With The Quickness
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User Reviews

WHY was a film like this ever made?
22 May 2006 | by (Mercer County, NJ) – See all my reviews

I am Jewish, and saw this with a Non-Jewish friend. Neither of us thought this was any good. I wasn't offended by any of the humor...there just wasn't any. It wasn't funny. Garry Marshall clearly must have called in a lot of favors to get this film made for his son, as we see Darryl Hannah, Richard Benjamin, and Neil Diamond being dragged into this eminently forgettable film.

The plot was alternately clichéd and incredibly unrealistic. The only positives I'll give to this movie are:

1. Jami Gertz - Absolutely perfect as the Jewish mother. My friend's wife is exactly the same.

2. Former Penthouse/Playboy model Sandra Taylor is actually quite good in a supporting role as the "trophy" Mrs. Stein. She hasn't acted in awhile, and certainly not in a film like this. And she actually gets on the cover of the movie poster too! I doubt she's going to be the next Diane Lane, but I do think this role will deservedly give her career a shot in the arm.

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