Like the tacky and extravagant themed bar mitzvahs it spoofs, Keeping Up With the Steins isn't very subtle. It isn't particularly funny, either.
| Original Score: 2/4
By the time the Fiedlers are getting serious about their arguments and their hugs, we've grown to like them.
| Original Score: 3/4
Oy vey! How many Jewish sitcom clichés can you fit into one movie?
| Original Score: 1/4
'Why don't you just flush the money down the toilet?' asks one character. The same might be asked of the people who produced this bomb.
| Original Score: F
Exactly like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," only without the Greeks or the sense of humor.
A cute and worthy idea that could've used better execution.
Scott Marshall has managed to make a film as bad as one of his dad's.
| Original Score: D
A winningly sincere and warmly humorous film about an ancient Jewish milestone in the time of Martha Stewart.
...the director treats this movie much in the same way he treats the religion--an endless series of blindly-adhered liturgies, the deeper history and meaning of which is never fully contemplated.
There are no laughs in Keeping Up with The Steins, which is problematic, since it appears to think it's a comedy.
Marshall's directorial debut neatly balances reverence, farce, and family values.
| Original Score: B
It's not the kind of comedy that makes you laugh till your face hurts, but it'll give your smile muscles a good workout.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Not as funny as it could have been, but close enough.
Occasionally cute, the film is far better when satirizing competitive parents than it is during the dysfunctional family moments.
| Original Score: 4/10
Peopled as it is with stereotypes, it's easy to see the script the way Rose sees Irwin: 'Is that you, under all that oldness?'
Had Scott Marshall and screenwriter Mark Zakarin honed their knives sharper, they could have made genuine mirth out of this.
The tribute to an aging parent is moving and gives this routine comedy an extra something.
There are minutes -- long, stretched minutes -- when you might easily think: Enough already.
Not a total loss, but it's disappointing, given what the movie might have been. It might have been more than a lengthy sitcom.
| Original Score: 2/5
Shooting a comedy, like telling a joke, demands a sense of rhythm, and Scott is no dancer -- he keeps tripping against the grain of the humour.