35 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 »


Jason Chaet


Rick A. Moore (screenplay), Rick A. Moore (story) | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Little Boxes (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An interracial family struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small, predominately white town in Washington State.

Director: Rob Meyer
Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson
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
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 | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A successful singer-songwriter hatches a plan to help his friend's struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour.

Director: Jeff Grace
Stars: Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner
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


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Carpenter ... Walter (as Jack T. Carpenter)
Melanie Lynskey ... Sally
John Pankow ... Sid
Susie Essman ... Gilda
Jarlath Conroy Jarlath Conroy ... McGinty
Armando Riesco ... Jake
Allegra Cohen ... Willa
Steve Park ... Song
Adrian Martinez ... Hector
Fred Berman ... Tunch
Fran Kranz ... Salmon Guy
Ashley Austin Morris ... Naomi
Sondra James ... Mrs. Hertzel
Elizabeth Masucci ... Jake's Receptionist
Michael Perilstein ... Cranky Blind Man


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated


Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »





Release Date:

8 April 2014 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Stouthearted Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One Happy Jew
13 March 2014 | by mattweinstein10See 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? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed