Family Prayers, directed by Scott M. Rosenfelt, is a 1993 drama about a 13-year-old boy coming to age in the 1960s. Andrew Jacobs (Tzvi Ratner-Stauber) is growing up in Los Angeles during the 1960s. His bar mitzvah is quickly approaching, and Andrew is glad to have the party to distract him from his life. He worries about the ongoing Vietnam War and his parents constant bickering. His father, Martin Jacobs (Joe Mantegna), is a gambling addict who cannot seem to get his problem under control despite warnings from Andrew's mother, Rita Jacobs (Anne Archer), that his problem can destroy their family. Andrew is secretly hoping his coming of age celebration will draw his Jewish family back together again. With his parents being consumed by their own problems, Andrew's only source of adult guidance is his tutor, Dan Linder (Paul Reiser). Linder feels for the young man and offers him advice and guidance about all the topics that bother Andrew.