Sixty Six (2006)



Critic Consensus: Likable but overly sentimental, Sixty Six has snatches of sharp dialogue but is ultimately too predicable.

Movie Info

It is the summer of '66, and England is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie though, the biggest day of his life is looming: his Bar Mitzvah, and the day he becomes a man. However, Bernie's family is increasingly distracted by the threat of losing their business and their wayward older son, and the scale of Bernie's Bar Mitzvah diminishes daily. Worst of all the Cup Final is scheduled to take place on the same day and when England makes it through the qualifying … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, some sexual content and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Staughan, Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
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On DVD: Jan 1, 2009
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as Terry Shivers

as Mr. Grieg

as Alvie Rubens

as Linton

as Aunt Lila

as Dr. Barrie

as Alice Barrie

as Uncle Jimmy

as Rabbi Linov

as Nick Shrim

as Student Doctor

as Uncle Harry
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Critic Reviews for Sixty Six

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

Since Mr. Weiland himself had grown up in a Jewish section of North London, he was able to include many details of his own childhood.

Full Review… | October 23, 2008
New York Observer
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It's labeled a 'true-ish story', and the results are cheeky fun.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sixty Six is also about accepting parents with all their frailties, coming to terms with the unfairness of life, and finding a way to switch the focus to the wonders we do have to celebrate.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Dallas Morning News
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The story line sounds plain and simple, but the movie is enlightened by Bernie's impassioned narration and by a gallery of small comic details.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Weiland pours so much heart into his autobiographically 'true-ish' story that accessibility is a nonissue.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Boston Globe
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Weiland's occasional heavy-handedness is more than redeemed by the lightness of his cast.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Sixty Six


Absolutely charming, funny, heartwarming, and delightful film!! Truly splendid. By the last scene, I was teary eyed and grinning from ear to ear. Kudos!!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Sweet if minor coming of age comedy drama with a winning performance from Gregg Sulkin as Bernie the young boy who has almost everything that can go wrong leading up to his Bar Mitzvah go wrong. Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Marsan are effective as his parents. Drags a little but the ending makes up it.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Very charming comedy with heartwarming based on the real-life experience about a 12-year-old's Bar Mitzvah becomes a complete disaster because of the World Cup Final.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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