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Loving Leah (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 25 January 2009
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A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.

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Jeff Bleckner
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Ambrose ... Leah Lever
Adam Kaufman ... Jake Lever
Susie Essman ... Malka
Harris Yulin ... Rabbi Belsky
Natasha Lyonne ... Esther
Christy Pusz Christy Pusz ... Carol
Ricki Lake ... Rabbi Gerry
Mercedes Ruehl ... Janice Lever
Tonye Patano ... Emily
Donnie Keshawarz ... Raj
Sylvia Kauders ... Widow Goldfarb
Jayne Houdyshell ... Mrs. Finkelman
David Rossmer ... Rabbi Benjamin Lever
Tibor Feldman ... Dr. Saloway
Jolly Abraham ... Priya
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Storyline

When his estranged brother dies suddenly, Jake Lever is confronted with an old Jewish custom. In days past, a man was expected to marry his deceased brother's childless widow, but it is now customary to perform a ceremony releasing the pair from the obligation. During the Halizah ceremony, Jake feels uncomfortable renouncing his brother's memory. Additionally, Leah wishes to escape the confines of her orthodox community and avoid her mother's matchmaking. On the spur of the moment, Leah and Jake decide to enter into a platonic marriage of convenience. Written by L. Hamre

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Loving Leah episode #58.2 See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The same year she filmed "Loving Leah", Lauren Ambrose also rehearsed for the Broadway drama "Exit the King". See more »

Goofs

There is no Cambridge Street in Georgetown. And there is no Reform temple in Georgetown. In fact, there is no Reform congregation called "Temple Torah" anywhere in the Greater Washington area. Ironically, the only synagogue in Georgetown is Orthodox. Leah would have loved it. In addition, there is no Metro (subway) stop in Georgetown so Leah could not have taken the Metro to the Dupont Circle station. She would have walked it. See more »

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A Butterfly Emerges from the Death of her Husband, True and Faithful
2 December 2015 | by lwmtemSee all my reviews

I saw Loving Leah recently for the first time and a few times since. Lauren was faithful to the character throughout and nudged her "replacement husband" from his almost terrified responsibility to his deceased brother for the good of his brother's name and Leah. Jake seemed barely into the idea of marriage as it turned another relationship upside down in a way that was slightly comical as Jake squirmed as he dealt with the two women in his life and not being sure which way to turn. (Having know a woman co-worker years ago who lived a closely guarded with chaperons on dates and strict public and private moral behavior, I think I can in a small way understand what Leah was going through.) Leah was like a butterfly emerging from the restrictions that bound her to her faith and duty for her deceased husband and this new husband and ever so subtly made the new life inescapable for Jake who tried to carry on his own life as a doctor while being drawn into Leah's innocent charm. Leah's quiet charm had me falling in love with her too!


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