Keeping Up With The Steins

Keeping Up With The Steins

Director: Scott Marshall

Cast: Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz, Garry Marshall

     
 

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The competition heats up as a young man on the cusp of adulthood in Brentwood, CA, prepares for his upcoming bar mitzvah, and his father strives to outdo the gargantuan coming-of-age bash recently thrown by his number-one nemesis, in a madcap tale of Hebrew rivalry from actor-turned-director Scott Marshall. Benjamin Fiedler (See more details below

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The competition heats up as a young man on the cusp of adulthood in Brentwood, CA, prepares for his upcoming bar mitzvah, and his father strives to outdo the gargantuan coming-of-age bash recently thrown by his number-one nemesis, in a madcap tale of Hebrew rivalry from actor-turned-director Scott Marshall. Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is about to become a man, though the prospect of reciting a language he doesn't even really know in front of a temple full of strangers is so daunting that it makes him wish he could just stay a boy and write the whole thing off. As if his personal peccadilloes weren't enough to rack Benjamin's nerves, his father, Adam (Jeremy Piven), and mother, Joanne (Jami Gertz), are determined to send Benjamin into the adult world in true style. Recently, Adam's rival agent, Arnie Stein (Larry Miller), threw down the gauntlet for his own son's bar mitzvah by hosting a no-holds-barred bash that made New Year's Eve in Times Square look like cake-and-coffee day at the retirement community, and ultra-competitive Adam is determined to prove that he can top that now-legendary party. When Adam's aging, hippy-dippy father, Irwin (Garry Marshall), rolls into town in a broken-down RV with his dizzy young girlfriend, Sandy (Daryl Hannah), however, it appears as if all of his plans to out-class Arnie Stein may have been for naught.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Mate a slew of veteran TV comedy actors with a now-archetypal big-screen plot device -- the travails of an inflated family celebration -- and you have the makings of an amiable comedy. Jeremy Piven (the crafty über-agent Ari Gold from Entourage) and Jami Gertz play Adam and Joanne Fiedler, loving parents determined to make the upcoming bar mitzvah of their son Ben (Spy Kids’ Daryl Sabara) every bit as lavish as a similar event staged by their extravagant friends. Ben isn’t looking forward to the big day, partly because he’s having trouble learning his prayers, but he plans on using the occasion to reconcile his tightly wrapped dad and his irrepressible grandfather Irwin (Garry Marshall). Marshall pretty much runs away with the film whenever he’s on screen, but Piven also has some sharp moments, as do small-screen favorites Doris Roberts (as Ben’s grandmother) and Cheryl Hines (as an excitable event planner). Keeping Up may resonate best with those familiar with Jewish traditions and family structures, but there’s enough entertainment value here to satisfy audiences of all religious persuasions. The film is, after all, about the importance of family, and that’s a universal theme.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2012
UPC:
0096009775797
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Piven Adam
Jami Gertz Joanne
Garry Marshall Irwin
Daryl Hannah Actor
Daryl Sabara Ben
Doris Roberts Actor
Larry Miller Arnie Stein
Cheryl Hines Actor
Richard Benjamin Actor

Technical Credits
Scott Marshall Director
John Debney Score Composer
John DeMeo Production Designer
Mary Jo Devenney Sound/Sound Designer
Sigfredo G. Ferregur Associate Producer
Amy Lippens Casting
Charles Minsky Cinematographer
A.D. Oppenheim Producer
Daniel L. Oppenheim Executive Producer
Jessica Peel Costumes/Costume Designer
David Scharf Producer
Rochelle Shapell Executive Producer
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Tara Timpone Editor
Todd Toon Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Zakarin Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Keeping Up With the Steins
1. King of the Torah [6:05]
2. The Theme & the Guest List [6:28]
3. Hebrew School [3:53]
4. Irwin & Sacred Feather [9:54]
5. Booze, Bonding & Bad Tuna [7:50]
6. Rose & Irwin Connect [6:04]
7. "Digging for Gold" [9:33]
8. Schmucks [2:56]
9. Help From the Rabbi & Irwin [3:12]
10. A Change of Plans [5:14]
11. "Today You Are a Man" [5:52]
12. Benjamin's Bar Mitzvah [4:37]
13. A Meaningful Party [6:23]
14. Hava Nagila [4:37]
15. End Credits [7:06]

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