Keeping Up With the Steins

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Released 2006

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Director:
Scott Marshall
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Keeping Up With the Steins displays the classic conundrum of the suburban lifestyle, but what ultimately reveals itself is something more down home and folksy. Arnie Stein (Larry Miller) throws his son, Zachary (Carter Jenkins) a lavish, well-received bar mitzvah. His chief rival in the business world, Adam Fiedler (Jeremy Piven), has a son, Benjamin (Daryl Sabara), who is quickly approaching his bar mitzvah too. Adam hopes to throw Benjamin a party that will put the Steins to shame, but Benjamin is shy and doesn't want a big fuss. When his Dad won't relent on the huge party idea, Benjamin hatches a plan. He invites his grandfather, Irwin (Garry Marshall), to come and stay with the family for two weeks leading up to the party. The rub is that Irwin abandoned his son, Adam and their mother years ago, and the two are not on speaking terms. Will the two put aside their differences for Benjamin's sake? Will their ego prevent the bar mitzvah from being a special day?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A fresh and lovable comedy about a dysfunctional Jewish family planning their son's bar mitzvah.

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    A sure-fire audience-pleaser, Scott (son of Garry) Marshall's winning comedy bow could have been titled "My Big Fat Jewish Bar Mitzvah."

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Keeping Up With the Steins would have been a much better film if it had waited twice as long before retracting its fangs.

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    Family Comedies, Coming of Age