Keeping the Faith

"Weak"

Keeping the Faith Review


It truly is the oldest joke in the book: "A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar..." Okay, so you've heard this one. Well now you can watch the movie of the joke!

Keeping the Faith may not be quite that bad, but it's nothing to, ahem, preach about. Setting the film up with all the trappings of your classic, neurotic, New York relationship comedy, Faith wants to be a wry When Harry Met Sally... tale of opposites attracting and love conquering all. Oh, the opposites aren't the rabbi Jake (Ben Stiller) and the priest Brian (Ed Norton) -- that might actually be a movie worth watching. The kink in this picture is Jenna Elfman's Anna, the old childhood friend of Jake and Brian, who swishes into town and promptly falls in love with our rabbi.

While Keeping the Faith has some genuinely funny moments, you've probably seen them all in the trailer. The rest of the jokes often involve someone falling down or otherwise injuring themselves. The exception to this rule is Ken Leung's bit part as a crooning karaoke machine salesman (don't ask), who steals the show from the rest of the players.

Not that it's tough: what a dismal job these guys do with their parts! After proving herself to be genuinely dippy in bombs like Krippendorf's Tribe and EdTV, Jenna "Dharma" Elfman as a high-test corporate consultant stretches the boundaries of reality to the breaking point. Stiller is all right but uninspired, and Ed Norton seems like he has cotton in his mouth for half the film, he mumbles his lines so badly.

Normally I'd blame the director for something like this, only... Ed Norton is the director. And judging by this, his debut performance behind the camera, I think it's safe to say the phrase, "And the Oscar for Best Director goes to Edward Norton!" is something we shall never, ever hear.

Thanks to a sappy script that runs more than two hours (and this is a comedy!) and features a stroke, an ostracized son, and a near-excommunication, Keeping the Faith is a clear example of a huge collection of bad choices being paraded on the screen, one after another. But the worst sin of the film is its interminable blathering, with characters droning on and on with no point, so much so that I just stopped paying attention altogether.

Sounds like a sermon to me.

Stiller and Norton strut their stuff.



Keeping the Faith

Facts and Figures

Run time: 128 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th April 2000

Box Office Worldwide: $37M

Budget: $29M

Distributed by: Touchstone Pictures

Production compaines: Spyglass Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Fresh: 79 Rotten: 36

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Rabbi Jake Schram, as Father Brian Finn, as Anna Riley, as Ruth Schram, as Rabbi Ben Lewis, as Larry Friedman, as Father Havel, as Bonnie Rose, as Ali Decker, as Don

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Advertisement
Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.