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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006) (region 2) (Import)


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  • Actors: Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz, Daryl Sabara, Cheryl Hines, Daryl Hannah
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UPHAXG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, French. All hilarity breaks loose in this heartwarming coming-of-age comedy when three generations collide in a crazy family reunion... and then begin to see that they are much more alike than they'd originally thought! Providing nonstop laughs in the tradition of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Keeping Up With The Steins stars Jeremy Piven (TV's Entourage), Jami Gertz (Ally McBeal), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) and Garry Marshall (A League Of Their Own). Also starring Doris Roberts (TV's Everybody Loves Raymond), Cheryl Hines (TV's Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Larry Miller (The Princess Diaries).

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By Paul Stephenson 092 on 13 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
it ok to watch it had good story passibule
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gershon Lehrer on 28 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
I liked the comedy, it is not the best comedy ever seen, but when you keep in mind that this movie is the first one made by a newcomer, it is very very good.

I would recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachelmoore79 on 20 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am very pleased with this item, arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. The film itself is worth every penny, if only to see Neil Diamond in it!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Peek at the Land of Bar Mitzvah 2 Jun. 2006
By Melanie N. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
"Keeping Up with the Steins": As a Gentile, I'm not privy to things such as Passover celebrations at home or Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. One of the beauties of the movies is giving viewers a peek at worlds and times they may not otherwise see. Keeping Up with the Steins is a funny, touching, sweet movie about a preteen boy, his competitive father, and estranged grandfather.

Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) and his parents Adam and Joanne (Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz), who live in Brentwood, CA, attend an over-the-top Titanic-themed Bar Mitzvah given by Arnie Stein (Larry Miller) for his son. Adam, a Hollywood agent, determined to "blow away the Steins", hires an event planner to plan a blockbuster event held at Dodger Stadium. Benjamin, overwhelmed and confused over what a Bar Mitzvah means anyway, decides to deflate his father's bluster by secretly inviting Adam's father Irwin (Garry Marshall), who left Adam's mother Rose (Doris Roberts) decades ago. Irwin arrives in his RV with his free-spirited girlfriend Sacred Feather (Darryl Hannah), two weeks early according to Benjamin's doctored invitation. Adam complains, "My driveway has become a trailer park!"

This film boasts of a good roster of supporting character actors, including Marshall, Roberts, Miller, and Richard Benjamin as the rabbi. The man portraying the Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher was as cute as all out. Although this movie surely wasn't intended as a primer for Bar Mitvahs, the film shows scenes of the class, as well as Irwin's attempts to deepen Benjamin's understanding of the ceremony. I wish the film had explored the religious and spiritual questions even further, but this isn't The Chosen.

I don't think this film overindulges in Jewish stereotypes, though that's not for me to say. You do get more than one glimpse of Marshall's bare toukus while he's swimming, and you also get some thoughts about materialism, family responsibility, and spirituality, as Benjamin starts to discover and assert his budding adulthood. I recommend this film as PG-13-level family entertainment.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Cute and fun ;-) 3 Dec. 2006
By Little Miss Cutey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Today I watched this on dvd for the first time. I thought I knew what to expect (I thought it would be like a My Big Fat Greek Wedding type movie with all the cultural trimmings), but it was different to that. It's a nice family movie with a fantastic cast (I especially love Jeremy Piven).

The first scene involves a wealthy family celebrating their sons Bar Mitzvah with a Titanic theme and a titanic expenditure to match. Now the Fiedler family feels they have to live up to the same hype. It's a cute story line about family coming together and not always getting along but it obviously works out well in the end as you'd expect.

I really liked this - I think it's a movie that people of all faiths can enjoy. It's got some great moments in it and some good laughs too. Look out at the end for a surprise performance from an amazing famous Jewish male singer staring as himself. I love it and hope you do too.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Easygoing Jewish comedy anybody can relate to. 4 July 2006
By Rottenberg's rotten book review - Published on Amazon.com
Are there people who actually spend hundreds of thousands on Bar Mitzvahs? In the Brentwood community of "Keeping Up with The Steins", the answer is "ofcourse", and the movie kicks off with with a Bar Mitzvah set on a cruise ship and based on "Titanic" (the event and the movie - "I'm the King of the Torah!!" exults the Bar Mitzvah boy). The Stein's aren't the heroes of this story - rather they are never-present foils of the Fiedlers. Denizens of Brentwood, where everybody seems to work for celebrities and earns more money than anybody knows what to do with, the Fiedlers face their son's approaching Bar Mitzvah with a mixture of anticipation and dread - how are they going to outdo the Steins? Adam, Benji Fiedler's father (Jeremy Piven, playing a patriarchal version of the character he plays on "Entourage") needs little prodding before Dodger Stadium becomes the Bar Mitzvah's chosen venue. Once a partner with Stein and now a bitter competitor, Adam is determined to leave nothing to chance. The "nothing", we later learn, is his own horrid past - his father (Garry Marshall) was a jovial guy too full of life to stick around and actually be a family man. Years after abandoning his family, Adam's father lives out in the desert with his younger and hyper-new-agey wife "Sacred Feather" (Darryl Hannah). Frantic preparations for his Bar Mitzvah inform Benjamin Fiedler's dread -he can't "chant" his Haftorah to save his life (and if you don't know what a Haftorah is, don't worry - the point of the story is that Benjamin knows about as much), he moons over the beautiful Ashley, hopes his father will patch things up with his grandfather, and hopes that maybe he can become a man without the need to outdo the fearsome Stein's.

"Steins" is a small if innocuous gem - a small movie with a lot of familiar faces. It looks like that kind of movie that people make to unwind while making bigger and more trying movies, and the cast looks like they had about as much fun making the movie as I did watching it. There are small but nuanced performances, and the cast gets through the plots small but myriad challenges. The story never congeals - the hated Steins are almost non-entities in a movie that bares their name. But the script won't require much effort to keep up with its in-Jewish jokes (like the difference between "Nachos" & "Nachas"). The basic point of the story (that some of these celebrations are so overdone that those involved lose sight of what they're celebrating) isn't too heavily delivered, and if there aren't any real jokes, the understated performances are guaranteed to keep a smile on your face - like Benji's grandmother, the story gets its point across without having to openly speak its mind. If you need a rest from exploding cars and devilish fashion editors, drop by The Steins.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Heartwarming Film of Forgiveness and Maturity 2 Feb. 2007
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
At first, this appears to be a movie about a family who wants to outdo another Jewish family by having an even more extravagant bar mitzvah party for their son Benjamin.

But when Benjamin secretly invites his estranged hippie grandfather to the bar mitzvah two weeks early, things take an interesting turn. Over the course of the film, Benjamin develops a bond with his grandfather and begins to understand the true meanings of bar mitzvah and manhood and maturity.

So does Benjamin's father. He learns that becoming a Bar Mitzvah (son of the commandment) is not about having a huge party and outdoing the Steins, it's about becoming emotionally and spiritually mature, something that finally begins to happen to him at his own son's bar mitzvah. In a way, the father also becomes a son of the commandment at the same time his son does.

This is one of the better movies I've seen in a while, much more good natured and heartwarming than most Hollywood offerings.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Humor With a Good Message 5 April 2007
By Royce Callaway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I stumbled on to this movie and it is a very good one. In many ways it is like an inside joke as it protrays the Jewish Culture but the story and messages are really broader than that. It borders on satire as it shows Beverly Hills/Brentwood in Calif with all of the joggers, pretension, and trivial value system that is so prevalent there, but beneath this veneer is a heart warming and rather realistic story of a family. It vividly demonstrates that money can buy anything but something of value and the most valuable thing is family. He shows that marriages are complex things and only those two in the marriage really understand it and those on the outside shouldn't make judgements regarding someone else's marriage. This was a story of regrets, mistakes, and foregiveness and shows it is never too late to say "I'm sorry". The interplay between the grandparents was marvelous and could have added a great deal more to the movie had it been expanded. The son's inability to forgive was very believable and even his grudging acceptance at the end was believable. This was a marvelous movie that delivered several very good messages with a light and humorous touch. Very well done and if you are looking for a good family movie this is one. It has a couple of brief tushy shots but nothing to keep it from family viewing.
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