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Keep the Change (2018)



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When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn't belong there. But when he's assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah's romantic past, David's judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.


Brandon Polansky
as David Cohen
Samantha Elisofon
as Sarah Silverstein
Jessica Walter
as Carrie Cohen
Tibor Feldman
as Lenny Cohen
Heidi Landis
as Delilah
Gabe Rhodes
as Jared Klimber
Sondra James
as Sarah's Grandma
Tommy Beardmore
as Italian Restaurant Waiter
Charlton Lamar
as Luxury Car Driver
Peter Mele
as Uncle Jimmy
Norman Polansky
as David's Uncle
Elaine Kussack
as David's Grandma
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

[It] accomplishes a much more difficult task: When the movie starts, its main characters seem outside the norm, unusual, "wierdos," in the description of David himself. By its end, you see nothing at all of that; they're just people.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Keep the Change" is not a seamlessly crafted movie, but it's awfully tenderhearted and thoroughly disarming. It deserves to be widely seen.

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Romantic comedies are always looking to reinvent themselves, and Rachel Israel's debut feature, Keep the Change, arrives as a fresh iteration that still calls back to the genre's Nora Ephron-wave classics.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

A modest but refreshing love story that takes its autistic protagonists on their own terms.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…

An ode to self-discovery and acceptance that's as funny as it is sweet.

May 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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[Rachel Israel] made the very wise decision to cast amateur actors on the spectrum in all the roles of characters with autism as well. The result is a journey that feels lived-in, nuanced, and real.

March 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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