Sixty Six (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Likable but overly sentimental, Sixty Six has snatches of sharp dialogue but is ultimately too predicable.

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It is the summer of '66, and England is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie though, the biggest day of his life is looming: his Bar Mitzvah, and the day he becomes a man. However, Bernie's family is increasingly distracted by the threat of losing their business and their wayward older son, and the scale of Bernie's Bar Mitzvah diminishes daily. Worst of all the Cup Final is scheduled to take place on the same day and when England makes it through the qualifying rounds, Bernie's longed-for Bar Mitzvah looks set to be a complete disaster.
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PG-13 (for language, some sexual content and brief nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Stephen Rea
as Dr. Barrie
Catherine Tate
as Aunt Lila
Peter Serafinowicz
as Uncle Jimmy
Geraldine Somerville
as Alice Barrie
Martin Savage
as Doctor
Stephen Greif
as Uncle Harry
Alex Black
as Linton
Matt Bardock
as Mr. Grieg
Gregg Sulkin
as Bernie
Richard Katz
as Rabbi Linov
Ben Newton
as Alvie Rubens
Thomas Drewson
as Terry Shivers
Michael Hempel
as Nick Shrim
Ony Uhiara
as Nurse
Charles Ferber
as Student Doctor
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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (24)

Cleaves too closely to the pattern set out by more original films with similar subject matter. Its obvious distinctions of time and place come through in clever details, but these don't seem to serve Weiland's autobiography so much as situate it into a fa

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
indieWIRE
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Since Mr. Weiland himself had grown up in a Jewish section of North London, he was able to include many details of his own childhood.

Full Review… | October 22, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's labeled a 'true-ish story', and the results are cheeky fun.

October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sixty Six is also about accepting parents with all their frailties, coming to terms with the unfairness of life, and finding a way to switch the focus to the wonders we do have to celebrate.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Dallas Morning News
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The story line sounds plain and simple, but the movie is enlightened by Bernie's impassioned narration and by a gallery of small comic details.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[Director] Weiland pours so much heart into his autobiographically 'true-ish' story that accessibility is a nonissue.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Sixty Six

½

A quirky, yet poignant, British comedy drama that shows sensitivity towards both Jewish and English cultures alike. "Sixty Six", named for the year the story was set, has a lot of moral values to teach us.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus
½

Absolutely charming, funny, heartwarming, and delightful film!! Truly splendid. By the last scene, I was teary eyed and grinning from ear to ear. Kudos!!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Sweet if minor coming of age comedy drama with a winning performance from Gregg Sulkin as Bernie the young boy who has almost everything that can go wrong leading up to his Bar Mitzvah go wrong. Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Marsan are effective as his parents. Drags a little but the ending makes up it.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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