May 12, 2006 (limited)
Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Scott Marshall
Screenwriter: Mark Zakarin
Starring: Daryl Sabara, Jami Gertz, Jeremy Piven, Doris Roberts, Garry Marshall, Cheryl Hines, Darryl Hannah, Richard Benjamin
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some crude language, nudity and brief drug references)
Official Website: KeepingUpwiththeSteins.com
Review: 5/10 rating
DVD Review: 7/10 rating
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Plot Summary: Like the young Indian braves of long ago, Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is about to undergo aninitiation rite that will take him from boy to man. But rather than face the perils of the hunt, he must endure something far worse--a Bar Mitzvah in Brentwood, California.
It's not enough that Benjamin must stand in front of a Temple full of strangers chanting Hebrew, alanguage he doesn’t understand. He must also cope with the efforts of his parents, Adam (Jeremy Piven) and Joanne (Jami Gertz), to splurge on a party-to-end-all-parties, a mega bash where the Bar is more important than the Mitzvah and a Jewish Star means Neil Diamond.
Above all, the Fiedlers must surpass the "Titanic"-themed Bar Mitzvah given by Adam's rival agent, Arnie Stein (Larry Miller). With his circus-sized celebration, Arnie has thrown down the gauntlet. For the highly competitive Adam, the war is on!
But when Adam's father Irwin (Garry Marshall), now a gray-haired hippie, and his spacey youngergirlfriend (Daryl Hannah) arrive in their broken down camper, the Fiedler's plans are thrown intodisarray.
Every family has their own dysfunction and neuroses and the Fiedlers are certainly no exception. Despite this, they ultimately realize that family is the most precious bond that can't be broken (but it can be bent out of shape at times).
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