6.6/10
224
36 user 3 critic

Putzel (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 April 2014 (USA)
For Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn't go beyond his family's fish store on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming romantic ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Big Ask (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Three couples head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him - except for the one thing he wants.

Directors: Thomas Beatty, Rebecca Fishman
Stars: Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Newlyweds Alex and Alice host a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. However, when an unexpected guest shows up, the group's facades begin to crumble.

Director: Joseph Infantolino
Stars: Dagmara Dominczyk, Paul Fitzgerald, Dominic Fumusa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Twenty-six year old Scott is living on the streets and trying to find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes. He attempts to navigate his relationship with his two ... See full summary »

Director: Dusty Bias
Stars: Nick Fink, Ritchie Coster, Melanie Lynskey
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Joon Chu, a Korean exchange student, suffering from the loss of his brother, finds himself marooned in small-town USA, where he is irrevocably swept up into the brave new world and bizarre ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Chu, Gavin Kelly
Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Richard Kind, Alan Cumming
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An Everglades community struggles to put their lives back together in the wake of a hurricane.

Director: Jesse Wolfe
Stars: Nicola Peltz, Melanie Lynskey, Campbell Scott
Park (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Park takes place all in one day in a public park in Los Angeles, as 11 disaffected Angelenos find both love and loss in unexpected ways.

Director: Kurt Voelker
Stars: Dagney Kerr, Tank, Vincent Riverside
Rainbow Time (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A developmentally delayed 40 year old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi develops a crush on Todd's new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past ... See full summary »

Director: Linas Phillips
Stars: Linas Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life

Director: Todd Louiso
Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott, Blythe Danner
Show of Hands (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jess is a solo mother and reluctant parking warden. Tom is a self-obsessed Greetings Cards salesman with an addiction to competitions who will do anything to win. Together they are just two... See full summary »

Director: Anthony McCarten
Stars: Craig Hall, Melanie Lynskey, Stephen Lovatt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood, where he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands.

Director: Angus MacLachlan
Stars: Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Camp
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A man screws up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back "the one."

Directors: Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne
Stars: Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Quinto
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two stories of complicated long-distance relationships between people from different countries.

Director: Mark Tapio Kines
Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Wil Wheaton, Corin Nemec
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Walter (as Jack T. Carpenter)
...
...
Sid
...
Gilda
Jarlath Conroy ...
McGinty
...
Jake
...
Willa
...
Song
...
Hector
...
Tunch
...
Salmon Guy
...
Naomi
...
Mrs. Hertzel
...
Jake's Receptionist
...
Cranky Blind Man
Edit

Storyline

For Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn't go beyond his family's fish store on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming romantic comedy about sex, love and smoked fish, Walter's aspirations of taking over his uncle's fish emporium are disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle. While Walter tries to thwart their romance in order to ensure his taking over the business, he finds his circumscribed life thrown off kilter, and, after years of being undermined by his family and friends, finally starts to realize that he's more than a Putzel. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 April 2014 (USA)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One Happy Jew
13 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Putzel." What exactly is a "putzel?" A Putz is a yiddish word for "penis," often used the same way "schmuck" is. It is mostly used at someone, not in an anatomical way. e.g. "Hey, don't be such a putz."

In the film, "Putzel" is the nickname of our protagonist, Walter, who, after thirty years of living on the Upper West Side, longs to be the owner of "Himmelstein's," the family business. We follow Walter through a series of events, pushing him to take control over his life and break down the walls that he and his family have built up around him (literally and figuratively: watch, and you'll understand).

The film is a Jewish dream come true. What could be better than a handful of characters throwing around yiddish terms; lox, bagels, and shmeer; and a witty, yet moving, plot that makes you want to celebrate life with a bottle of Manny? (That's Maneshevitz for all you goyim out there...)

But "Putzel" doesn't only appeal to the Jews; it appeals to everyone. It is incredibly funny. Throughout the film, everybody is in cahoots with everybody, and a tangled web of mess among all the characters is strewn together.

Watching this film felt like home. There is a familiarity to it that I think a lot of people will find; the universal desire to want something great and to feel accomplished. I highly recommend it. It is the epitome of "a feel good" movie. L'Chaim!


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?