Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.


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11 January 2006 | ma-cortes
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| Romantic comedy with excellent trio protagonist
The picture is a romance story between three friends, a Catholic priest Brian(Edward Norton), a rabbi Jake(Ben Stiller) and a gorgeous girl(Jenna Elfman),she is an old childhood friend and now she returns to New York city and the friendship is re-established. The two male friends fall in love with the enticing executive, creating themselves a loving triangle. Jake is in a traditional congregation that want him married with a good Jewish woman but is the fact which his mother(Anne Bancroft) disapproved to his brother for marrying with a non Jewish .Jake is a little worried about his future and he's out step,out of place and desperately looking for a fiancée with numerous suitors(Rena Sofer) The problems are when Brian cannot break his vow of celibacy and Jake cannot marry but isn't Jewish . We never met a pair as liking as Stiller and Norton.They along with Jenna Elfman are agreeable,enticing and enjoyable.The film has great load of amusement,fun,giggles,chuckles and is very entertained.Besides there are a brief exploration about Jewish way of life, making a slight exposition of the rites ,ceremonies ,habits, religion and the Tora .Although the screenplay sounds some ridiculous and absurd ,the plot is well developed and has surprises and its good moments here and there. Nice and cheerful music score by the classic Elmer Berstein(Seven magnificent,Age of innocence).Direction by Edward Norton captures the special excitement or mood protagonists and scenarios. The flick will like to romantic comedy enthusiastic. Rating: Nice and Well worth watching.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

When young Brian is teaching young Jake the correct way to do the sign of the cross we see Brian consistent making the correct cross but Jake make several incorrect shapes with that last being a famous self-portrait of John Lennon.


Quotes

Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram: Greta Nussbaum, before she pulls her rotator cuff.


Goofs

In the cafe scene when they are discussing the upcoming "double-date," Anna's hairstyle changes from a ponytail to braids in one shot, then goes back to a ponytail for the rest of the scene.


Crazy Credits

Thank-yous include one to "Salmita Bonita", a reference to actor-director 'Edward Norton''s girlfriend, actress Salma Hayek.


Alternate Versions

The DVD release features quite a few edited scenes, including:

  • Brian takes Anna to the club while it's still under construction
  • Brian tries to come into the bar with a bottle of liquor in his hand. The bartender tells him 'No Bottles', so he promptly drinks the remainder
  • Brian and Jakob walk through an art museum with Anna (featuring the scene from the Gag Reel where Anna can't say the name of the picture she's standing in front of); eventually, her cel phone rings, she has a yelling match with a co-worker, and falls in the fountain (also seen in the Gag Reel)
  • A bit with young Jakob and Brian making a kung-fu movie with a home video camera
  • Anna talking to Ruth about Jakob and Jake's brother (establishing exactly why Ruth never forgave him)
  • A piece from Jakob's date, where the woman talks about running and breast implants before having a sneezing fit and smashing her face on the table
  • Jakob tells Anna to put her pager under her skirt while she's at work, and he'll call her; two co-workers come in just as Jake starts calling, trying to get her to help them work out the numbers as she 'gets buzzed'


Soundtracks

Ready to Take a Chance Again
Written by
Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Performed by Edward Norton (uncredited) and Ken Leung (uncredited)

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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