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Keeping the Faith (2000)

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.

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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 Forman appears in the supporting cast, alongside Anne Bancroft, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach; the screenplay marks the debut of writer Stuart Blumberg, whom Norton met when they were both undergraduates at Yale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
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


Ben Stiller
as Rabbi Jake Schram
Edward Norton
as Father Brian Finn
Jenna Elfman
as Anna Riley
Anne Bancroft
as Ruth Schram
Eli Wallach
as Rabbi Lewis
Ron Rifkin
as Larry Friedman
Milos Forman
as Father Havel
Holland Taylor
as Bonnie Rose
Lisa Edelstein
as Ali Decker
Rena Sofer
as Rachel Rose
Brian George
as Bartender
Susie Essman
as Ellen Friedman
Sam Goldberg
as Jake (as a teen)
Blythe Auffarth
as Anna (as a teen)
Michael Charles Roma...
as Brian (as a teen)
Jonathan Silver
as Alan Klein
Kelly Deadmon
as Woman in Bar
Bodhi Elfman
as Casanova
Chris Gardner
as Basketball Kid No. 1
Santi Formosa
as Basketball Kid No. 2
Francine Beers
as Greta Mussbaum
Ellen Hauptman
as Roz Lentz
Liz Larsen
as Leslie
David Wain
as Steve Posner
Donna Hanover
as Woman No. 1 at Confe...
Wai Ching Ho
as Woman No. 2 at Confe...
Marilyn Cooper
as `Don't Walk' Lady
Howard W. Koch Jr.
as Rabbinical Professor
Keith Perry
as Old Man Hit with Cen...
Derrick Eason
as Co-Worker
Barbara Haas
as Mother in Synagogue ...
Dana Lubotsky
as Daughter
Tony Rossi
as Hot Dog Vendor
John P. Duffell
as Father Duffell
Keith Williams
as AIDS Patient
Hawk Koch
as Rabbinical Professor
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Critic Reviews for Keeping the Faith

All Critics (121) | 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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