Keeping the Faith: The Elusive Grownup Comedy

 In Comedy, Drama, Everything, Good
Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman, Ben Stiller in Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

🟊Directed by Edward Norton🟊
🟊Written by Stuart Blumberg🟊

The review:

I watched this in the theater on its release and remembered it being a little slow.* Still, I find it to be eminently likable just from the young-religious-men shaking up the structures aspect** plus I find Jenna Elfman delightful. There were bits of not-great acting*** scattered about, but it’s a pretty even-kneeled Ben Stiller,**** Edward Norton playing the opposite of his Fight Club character and makes for a great Sunday Afternoon Movie.*****

The verdict: Good

Cost: Monthly HBOMax subscription ($12.99)
Where watched: at home

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Further sentences:

*Still true!
**Advantage casting your movie with a rabbi and priest: it’s a pretty clean movie, language-wise.
***By all three leads.
****He can sometimes get to manic in portraying neurosis. He did have a bit of physical comedy that had me wishing we got more physical comedy out of him. But divorced from the whole Meet the Parents thing.
*****Sunday Afternoon Movie—one that provides you with one last gasp of trouble-free weekend before the windup to the work week begins. Plus, Milos Forman has a bit part and a good speech. Also, it’s set in New York City and was released a year before 9/11.

Hasn’t aged well:

Ken Leung has a small part in this film, appearing as a salesman at the store where Norton and Stiller go to buy a Karaoke System. He does a high-energy version of “Jessie’s Girl” sung in broken English. It all rang very Long Duck Dong, and doesn’t really work.

Questions:

  • Who is your favorite (now dead) actor in this film?
  • Why didn’t we get more of Jenna Elfman?

Favorite IMDB trivia item:

The first movie starring Edward Norton to not be rated R.

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