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Feelgood Barmitzvah Boy Story
on 18 April 2011
Bernie is a bit of a nebbish, and he knows it. But all that is going to change when he has his big day on the occasion of his Barmitzvah -- at least that's what he hopes. But as the day approaches, the big celebration shrinks, and when the final blow strikes the Barmitzvah plans (it's 1966 - what happened that year?) Bernie needs to learn that the "big day" is not really all that important.
Supporting this rather standard and warm-hearted Barmitzvah Boy story we get Helena Bonham Carter in the Jewish mother role, which she does very nicely, without pretending to be eccentric for once. Catherine Tate is the Jewish auntie, and Eddie Marsand is completely believable as Bernie's rather dour Dad.
This is pleasant family viewing for an evening in or a rainy Sunday afternoon.