Keeping the Faith (2000)

Keeping the Faith



Critic Consensus: A dramedy featuring an unusual love triangle, Keeping the Faith is a perceptive look at how religion affects us in everyday life.

Movie Info

Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexuality and language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Stuart Blumberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


as Father Brian Finn

as Rabbi Lewis

as Anna Riley

as Larry Friedman

as Rabbi Jake Schram

as Ruth Schram

as Father Havel

as Bonnie Rose

as Ali Decker

as Rachel Rose

as Bartender

as Ellen Friedman

as Jake (as a teen)

as Anna (as a teen)

as Brian (as a teen)

as Alan Klein

as Woman in Bar

as Casanova

as Basketball Kid No. 1

as Basketball Kid No. 2

as Greta Mussbaum

as Roz Lentz

as Leslie

as Steve Posner

as Woman No. 1 at Confe...

as Woman No. 2 at Confe...

as `Don't Walk' Lady

as Rabbinical Professor

as Old Man Hit with Cen...

as Co-Worker

as Mother in Synagogue ...

as Daughter

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Father Duffell

as AIDS Patient

as Rabbinical Professor
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Critic Reviews for Keeping the Faith

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (27)

A romantic triangle dating movie as confected, and nearly as wholesome, as a '50s Universal bedroom farce, but lacking the confidence and zest.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The ending gets a little too cute, and isn't true to Anna's independent nature. Oh well, to forgive is divine.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

An astute directorial debut for actor Edward Norton.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's as soft and squishy as anything by Nora Ephron or pre-caustic Woody Allen.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Classic romantic triangle for teens and up.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Norton quickly finds the right note of relaxed sweetness, gentle humor, and swooningly earnest romance.

Full Review… | January 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for Keeping the Faith


Ed Norton directs (say what!!!) this comedy built around, of all things, the opening of a joke ("Priest and a rabbi walk into a bar ..."). This effort is spiked with loads of cultural references and pithy one-liners, has enough charisma to win a war, so it is in its unbelievable premise finally that it falters.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

"If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love."

A story about two friends, a priest and a rabbi, who fall in love with the same beauty (Jenna Elfman)

Norton and Stiller are clergy (a priest and a rabbi, sounds like the start of a joke), Elfman is their friend who is secretly dating Stiller and who is secretly loved by Norton. What I think is most exceptional about this movie is the way it portrays these clergy as cool guys - I mean, there's really cool clergy just like there's really cool fireman and loggers and truck drivers. And it does so in a way that doesn't entirely compromise their faith, although some of the stuff Norton says or does is not quite right (and for the moment I'm not talking about his attraction to Elfman). I am also a huge Elfman fan, I think she's beautiful as well as extremely effective in her roles. Seeing this film made me wonder if Ben would be better served by serious roles more often, he's very effective and avoids the silliness and gross humor that can sometimes sabotage his comic performances. Nice supporting work by Bancroft and the always appreciated Wallach. Recommended for light entertainment.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


I swear I have reviewed this before, Flixter must be deleting my old ones. This movie is a little too long but I enjoy it thoroughly, good messages.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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