Parents' Guide to

Keeping the Faith

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romantic triangle with interfaith angle; language, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2000 128 minutes
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Great movie. An old favorite.

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This romantic comedy is witty, funny, and sweet, but it does show its age where the female lead is concerned. At its best, Keeping the Faith sheds light on Catholic and Jewish customs, poking fun while staying respectful: The faith of its two lead characters are never in doubt while viewers get to laugh with Jake and Brian as they struggle to live up to their ideals. Amid a classic romantic triangle, the movie has some good things to say about the importance of maintaining tradition ("it's comforting to people") while trying to connect to people in changing times.

The cast is great. If Norton and Stiller really were a priest and a rabbi, there's no doubt they'd invoke the excitement shown by mass and synagogue attendees in the film. Anne Bancroft is terrific as Jake's mother. But dated aspects of the movie bring down the enjoyment level, especially the sexist story arc for Anna who needs to overcome her "flaw" of being too ambitious (and too single). Families who do watch together should take this as an opportunity to discuss their own views of religion and interfaith relationships.

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