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Keeping Up with the Steins

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

So-so comedy about over-the-top bar mitzvah.

Movie PG-13 2006 99 minutes
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KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS is both broad and affectionate, wielding stereotypes like blunt force instruments. Yes, all the Fiedler boys have lessons to learn, including forgiveness, flexibility, and the meaning of the Haftarah. The women who tend to them play equally conventional parts, though they are considerably less annoying. Sacred Feather, Rose, and Benji's mom Joanne (Jamie Gertz) affect predictable, sweet, long-suffering poses. You only wish they were allowed more movement -- at least as much as those antic boys.

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