Keeping the Faith


Keeping the Faith

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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, Rovi

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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 Roman
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 Confessional
Wai Ching Ho
as Woman No. 2 at Confessional
Marilyn Cooper
as `Don't Walk' Lady
Howard W. Koch Jr.
as Rabbinical Professor
Keith Perry
as Old Man Hit with Censor
Derrick Eason
as Co-Worker
Barbara Haas
as Mother in Synagogue Reception Room
Dana Lubotsky
as Daughter
Tony Rossi
as Hot Dog Vendor
John P. Duffell
as Father Duffell
Keith Williams
as AIDS Patient
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  • Jul 23, 2011
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    Elfman is winsome, Stiller gets the laughs, and Norton seems miscast. Not bad for its type.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2010
    <i>"If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love."</i> A story about two friends, a priest and a rabbi, who fall in love with the same beauty (Jenna Elfman) <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> 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 v Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2010
    When I saw Keeping the Faith a few months ago it left a serious imprint on my mind. Sadly this was before I began my Norton mania. I've always had a fondness for Ben Stiller, and Edward Norton. ZBut now that I can truly appriciate Edward's directorial debut and superb acting job, I can review the movie. The script was interesting, unique, creative, original, and funny. I loved the characters and the diversity. I would've cast Anna Reilly differently, but Jenna Elfman acted as best she could. It was a great comedy, and a great Norton-film. I can't wait to see many more romantic comedies of this caliber.
    Liz < Super Reviewer

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