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Keep the Change (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Keep the Change puts a refreshingly inclusive perspective on the rom-com formula, further elevated by a talented cast and compassionate work from writer-director Rachel Israel.

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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.

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Cast

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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"Keep the Change" isn't a film for cynics, but romantics will find plenty to warm their hearts here.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This gently humorous, fiercely honest indie film is a step forward in the quest for a move inclusive Hollywood, which seems to one of the themes of the cultural moment.

April 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Keep the Change may be a breakthrough in its focus on real people with intellectual disabilities, but it's especially commendable for providing positive examples of how the nondisabled can create inclusive environments for all.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

What distinguishes it are Israel's empathetic characterizations - she's known Polansky for 15 years - and the winning performances, not only by the leads but also by the supporting players.

March 21, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[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…

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