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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

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

Director:

Scott Marshall

Writer:

Mark Zakarin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryl Sabara ... Benjamin Fiedler
Jami Gertz ... Joanne Fiedler
Jeremy Piven ... Adam Fiedler
Cheryl Hines ... Casey Nudelman
Marc John Jefferies ... Tim (as Marc John Jeffries)
Tom Hines Tom Hines ... Master of Ceremonies
Carter Jenkins ... Zachary Stein
Sandra Taylor ... Raylene Stein
Larry Miller ... Arnie Stein
Miranda Cosgrove ... Karen Sussman
Britt Robertson ... Ashley Grunwald (as Brittany Robertson)
DJ Quik DJ Quik ... Self
Doris Roberts ... Rose Fiedler
Garry Marshall ... Irwin Fiedler
Sky Bear Aguilar Sky Bear Aguilar ... Native American Boy
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

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Freilach
Traditional
Performed and Arranged by Gregori Schecter's Klezmer Festival Band
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music Library
Under license from ARC Music
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Thaddaus Hill: Hey, I'm running too!
3 September 2008 | by freakfire-1See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky 13 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,000, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$4,339,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,409,374
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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