Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)



Critic Consensus: Keeping Up With the Steins is one of those comedies that play more like a corny sitcom than a theatrical movie.

Movie Info

The competition heats up as a young man on the cusp of adulthood in Brentwood, CA, prepares for his upcoming bar mitzvah, and his father strives to outdo the gargantuan coming-of-age bash recently thrown by his number-one nemesis, in a madcap tale of Hebrew rivalry from actor-turned-director Scott Marshall. Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is about to become a man, though the prospect of reciting a language he doesn't even really know in front of a temple full of strangers is so daunting that it … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some crude language, nudity and brief drug references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark Zakarin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 31, 2006
Box Office: $4.3M
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as Adam Fiedler

as Joanne Fiedler

as Sacred Feather/Sandy

as Irwin Fiedler

as Rose Fiedler

as Benjamin Fiedler

as Casey Nudelman

as Arnie Stein

as Rabbi Schulberg

as Zachary Stein

as Raylene Stein

as Karen Sussman

as Master of Ceremonies

as Himself

as Native American Boy

as Cantor Nathan

as Terrence's Camera Ma...

as Terrence Smythe

as Terrence's Sound Man

as Still Photographer

as Aunt Gladys

as Aunt Rita

as Man at Party

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Keeping Up With The Steins

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (32)

Excellent casting lifts this sitcomlike script.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's not meant to be uproarious. But even as comfort food, Steins can't keep up.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

By the time the Fiedlers are getting serious about their arguments and their hugs, we've grown to like them.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Pleasant little comedy with some good performances.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
Laramie Movie Scope

Will it all turn out? What do you think? Part of the fun is in watching how, although one's enjoyment of the movie will depend on many factors. Comedy, of course, is a very subjective medium; what some find hilarious, others won't. At the screening I atte

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

... the comedy is too timid to really make much of a satirical statement.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Keeping Up With The Steins

Keeping Up with the Steins is about trip to his bar mitzvah party with his dysfunctional family in one house.
Good plot and good acting most of the time
Its kind of a cult, spoof and comedy mix into to one. This film is making fun of how too many Jewish families see a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah not as a coming of age for their son or daughter, but rather as an excuse to throw outrageously lavish parties. It had one good song at the very end.
Lacking acting sometimes
Lacking good music some times.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer


much better then expected

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Being Jewish, I have a bias towards liking a film like this. The usage of Yiddish, along with the many exaggerations of the Jewish family are something most people won't understand, unless they grew up around it. Parts of this film I found to be hysterical, while my non-Jewish friend, sitting next to me, didn't get it at all. As for the film, it's a lie before the credits even stop rolling. Keeping Up With The Steins, really has very little to due with the Stein family, as they are part of the background story at best. The film is actually about a broken family, forced together on the eve of a child's Bar Mitzvah. Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is turning 13, which in the Jewish religion means that he is about to become a man. His parents are well off and are making huge plans for the event, but Ben wants no part of it. In an attempt to take the attention off himself, he sends an invitation to his estranged Grandfather that he's never met, a Grandfather, who shows up to the families wealthy neighborhood in an old RV, with a woman half his age. This is where the heart of the story comes from, as father and son are forced together after fifteen years. Jeremy Piven stars as the son and believe it or not he's a big time Hollywood agent, living in a life of luxury. This toned down version of Ari is forced to see his father, played by the legendary Garry Marshall. For the past 15 years, he's been living as a hippie, teaching on an Indian reservation. As soon as they see each other the two are at odds and it really is very funny. The star of the film is Spy Kids, Daryl Sabara, who I have never liked. He's just always so shy and painfully awkward, I really just don't understand his appeal. While he is a major part of the story, the parts of the film that feature him without Marshall or Piven are just painful. Keeping Up With The Steins isn't raunchy and much of the humor is intertwined in the Jewish religion. If you're not Jewish, you'll probably have the same reaction my friend did. Personally I loved it, but I can understand how this film won't appeal to everybody.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

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