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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

aka Keeping Up with the Steins

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Details: 90 mins · English, Hebrew · PG-13 (USA)

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Cast:

Small Benjamin Fiedler
Small Joanne Fiedler
Small Adam Fiedler
Small Casey Nudelman
Small Zachary Stein
No_movie_poster Raylene Stein
Small Arnie Stein
Small Rose Fiedler
Small Irwin Fiedler
Small Sandy / Sacred
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Small Road Rage Driver
Small Karen Sussman
Small Ashley Grunwald
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Crew:

No_movie_poster Scott Marshall Director
No_movie_poster Mark Zakarin Writer

Plot:

Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is the 13-year-old son of Jewish couple Adam and Joanne Fiedler (Jeremy Piven and Jami Gertz). After attending the elaborate bar mitzvah party for the son of Arnie Stein (Larry Miller) - which was done on a cruise ship, with a Titanic theme - Benjamin's parents decide to go all out for his bar mitzvah. The plan is to rent Dodger Stadium for the bar mitzvah party, complete with movie stars and everything. Adam even books Neil Diamond to sing the National Anthem. However, Benjamin does not want to go through with it, as he does not even understand the words of the haftorah he has to read as part of his bar mitzvah rite. To try to stall the planning, he secretly invites his grandfather Irwin (Garry Marshall), who is now living on an Indian reservation with a New Age woman named Sacred Feather (Daryl Hannah). When Benjamin's grandfather arrives, it puts a kink in the planning - as Irwin had a falling out with his son Adam, both for having left Adam when he was a teenager, and for Adam's own humiliating bar mitzvah. Irwin must then pull off somehow reconciling with his son while helping his grandson deal with the question of what it means to be a "man."

Now appreciating his bar mitzvah not as an excuse to throw a party but rather as a rite of passage in his Jewish life, Benjamin gets up the courage to tell his parents to call off the over-the-top bash they had planned. After he does very well at the service the party is just a casual backyard affair with lunch, a klezmer band (with a guest-star singer and guitarist, as Adam "couldn't cancel Neil Diamond") and lots of family and friends.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2006-10-31