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.




  • Jenna Elfman and Edward Norton in Keeping the Faith (2000)
  • Jenna Elfman and Edward Norton in Keeping the Faith (2000)
  • Edward Norton and Ben Stiller in Keeping the Faith (2000)
  • Jenna Elfman and Ben Stiller in Keeping the Faith (2000)
  • Jenna Elfman, Edward Norton, and Ben Stiller in Keeping the Faith (2000)
  • Jenna Elfman, Edward Norton, and Ben Stiller in Keeping the Faith (2000)

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14 April 2000 | fish-46
| An hour of comedy falls apart in the second half
"Keeping the Faith" as an adult romantic comedy works well. Norton's timing, both as a director and as an actor are magnificent, and Stiller and Elfman add to this shining cast. The approach to religion in a mainstream film is a new one for me at least with deference being paid to each of the respective character's, and the jokes are basically laughing with the religion, rather than at it. The inner struggles that each man faces with his own religion and the woman that threatens to tear apart their religious selves are the most interesting aspects of the film.

The first half is a comedic gem, a laugh-barrage, that completely changes once sex is introduced. It loses focus, changing its story into that of a failing friendship and blossoming love interspersed with awkward and frankly embarrassing moments of comedy. For those who have seen it I refer to the "touchy-feely confession" joke.

At over two hours, it's way too long for a comedy, and it definitely feels it. It's a good film, but by no means can it be considered great. See it to laugh for an hour if you don't mind chuckling and fidgeting in your seat for the second hour.

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Did You Know?


While Father Brian (Edward Norton) is commiserating with Paulie the bartender (Brian George), Brian clarifies: "You're a Sikh, Catholic Muslim with Jewish in-laws?" And Paulie responds, "Yes. Yes. It gets very complicated. I'm reading Dianetics." In fact, Brian George has a different but equally varied background: he was born in Jerusalem to Jewish parents of Indian, Lebanese, and Iraqi descent who had emigrated to Israel from India. While George was still a baby, his family moved to London, and then, when George was a teenager, they moved again, this time to Toronto, Canada.


Anna Riley: Jake Schram.
Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram: Yes.
Anna Riley: How are you? Who are you? Tell me everything, give me the 4-1-1, I wanna know. Girls, job, news.


After Brian kisses Anna he goes to the liquor cabinet, swigs the first bottle and puts the second in his jacket. A few moments later, he takes another swig of the first and puts the second in his pocket again.

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The UK distributor (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) chose to remove 19 seconds of footage to classify the DVD for a "12" rating instead of a "15" rating. Cut weren't scenes from the film but from the outtakes due to inappropriate language for a "12" rating.


La Engañadorna
Written by
Enrique Jorrin
Performed by Rubén González
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records/World Circuit
By arrangement with Warner Special Products


Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Release Date:

14 April 2000


English, Hebrew, Spanish

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,078,671 16 April 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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