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The Tollbooth (2006)



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A young woman struggles to find herself despite the often oppressive influence of her family in this independent comedy drama. Sarabeth Cohen (Marla Sokoloff) has recently graduated from art school, and is determined to strike out on her own and establish herself as a painter. Her first bold step toward independence is moving away from home and getting a job in Manhattan, which doesn't do much to please her mother, Ruthie (Tovah Feldshuh), or her father, Isaac (Ronald Guttman), who don't make a secret of the fact they don't care for her artwork or her ambitions. Sarabeth's first steps toward her own life aren't very impressive -- short on money, she ends up moving in with her sister Raquel (Idina Menzel) and her sister's well-meaning but clueless husband, Howie (Jayce Bartok), and discovers her bedroom is a walk-in closet. Sarabeth also finds she isn't cut out to be a waitress, which makes the constant comparisons to her other sister, Becky (Liz Stauber), a hard-working medical student who is hiding her lesbianism from the family, all the more painful. And as Sarabeth struggles to find her place in the Big Apple, her boyfriend, Simon (Rob McEhenney), begins moving away from his own creative ambitions toward an easier life as a businessmen. The Tollbooth was the first feature film from writer and director Debra Kirschner.


Marla Sokoloff
as Sarabeth Cohen
Tovah Feldshuh
as Ruthie Cohen
Ronald Guttman
as Isaac Cohen
Idina Menzel
as Raquel Cohen-Flaxman
Liz Stauber
as Becky Cohen
Rob McElhenney
as Simon Stanton
Jayce Bartok
as Howie Flaxman
Claire Beckman
as Rabbi Glickstein
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Critic Reviews for The Tollbooth

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Watching its roster of decent actors struggling to overcome the banalities of their roles makes the price of getting through The Tollbooth very high indeed.

February 24, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Plays like the unholy spawn of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Fiddler on the Roof.

February 3, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
New York Post
Top Critic

Sokoloff works hard to make her aspiring artist likable, and buried deep under the mountain of clichés is a decent story of a young Brooklyn woman trying to find her own way. But to have to swallow such ham-fisted writing and direction?

February 3, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

In The Tollbooth, 22-year-old Sarabeth Cohen (Marla Sokoloff), a self-described 'feminist artist,' talks us through the travails of her Jewish-American family and her own coming of age.

February 2, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

The question of whether Sarabeth will make it as a big-city artist is less fascinating than wondering when she'll discover that her art is terrible.

January 31, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Women may recognize with shivers the struggles of twentysomething Sarabeth in The Tollbooth. And that's a bad thing.

May 11, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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