Keeping Up With the Steins
Movie Stats & Links
||Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz, Garry
Marshall, Doris Roberts, Daryl Sabara, Larry Miller
||I'd say keep it
||It's fun dudes and
||Lots of chuckles
and a good laugh.
David Scharf, Mark Zakarin
When I woke up this Sunday I was figuring on catching
"Poseidon," but then I said to myself, "Self, youíre kind of
in the mood for a comedy today, arenít you? So, do you want
to go and see a movie that is supposed to be a comedy and
laugh, or go and see a movie that is supposed to be serious
but still laugh because itís so stupid?" And so I switched
my choice from "Poseidon" in favor of "Keeping Up With the
Steins," a movie that is supposed to be a comedy, rather
than a movie that would end up a comedy. I was very happy
with my decision.
Keeping Up With the Steins
A Movie Review
"Keeping Up With the Steins" gives us Benjamin Fiedler
(Daryl Sabara from "Spy Kids" fame). His buddy, Zachary
Stein (Carter Jenkins), was recently Bar Mitzvahed, and his
dad, Arnie (Larry Miller), held a most extravagant party, a
Titanic theme complete with icebergs and mermaids. Well, as
dads are want to do, especially in the competitive world
that is Hollywood, Benjaminís dad, Adam (Jeremy Piven), has
to do everything in his power to have Benjaminís Bar Mitzvah
out-bar-mitzvah that of Zacharyís. As easy enough that story
was set to be, letís add that Adam and his dad, Irwin (Garry
Marshall), are on the skids since Irwin ran out on the
family years ago, and Adam never forgave him.
Now, as things are exploding out of control in terms of
Bar Mitzvah planning for Benjamin (his has turned into a
baseball theme, to be held at Dodger stadium), Benjamin
wants to figure out a way for dad to get distracted as the
big day comes near. So our boy Ben decides to send Irwin an
invite to the party, but changes the date so grandpa shows
up a couple weeks early. So weíve got Adam trying to outdo Arnie, Adam and Irwin fighting each other, and Benjamin just
trying to figure out, really, what this Bar Mitzvah thing is
Well you can guess most of the endings of this film,
namely that Benjamin figures out what growing up is about,
that Benjamin will actually bond with grandpa, and that yes,
dad and grandpa will patch things up. But there are some
great surprises at the end of this movie, summarized simply
by my favorite line from the film, "Holy shit!"
Weird, but before writing this review I wanted to get a
general feel of what other reviewers thought of the movie.
So I headed to some other movie review sites, read the
review of the dude in the "Chicago Tribune," and decided
that these people are nuts because the general consensus is
really mixed, and a lot of them outright not liking this
film. Look, "Keeping Up With the Steins" is not a
gut-busting, tear-jerking, family story, but a fun,
entertaining look at how trying to outdo can spin things out
of control. In this case itís outdoing a Bar Mitzvah party,
but it happens everyday, everywhere, from everything from
christenings to "Sweet Sixteen" parties, from Bar
parties to graduation parties. For this movie, happily,
Benjamin has the best idea for his Bar Mitzvah, much to the
chagrin of Arnie, Zacharyís dad, who really canít believe
I donít care what anyone says, I really enjoyed this
film. There are tons of jokes, Garry Marshall is probably in
one of his best roles lately, and Iíve always been a fan of
Jeremy Piven, and for this movie, he does not disappoint me.
Doris Roberts is also great as Rose, Irwinís wife who still
hasnít divorced him after all of these years, and I found
Jami Gertz as Benjaminís mom, Joanne, in full MILF mode.
Screw the other reviewers, I loved this movie and am
giving it 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. Hopefully word of mouth with
get this film to open wider, but if it doesnít end up at a
gigaplex near you, be sure to get the DVD when it comes out.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!