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Keeping Up with the Steins
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One boy's bar mitzvah turns into a nightmare of one-upmanship in this good-natured comedy. Daryl Sabara (
) is Benjamin Fielder, whose coming of age is being ruined by his parents' need to keep up with the Joneses - or rather, the Steins, who threw their son a hugely expensive
-themed party. While shy little Benjamin can think of nothing worse, his Hollywood agent dad (Jeremy Piven, playing a less spiky version of his
character Ari Gold) wants to beat the Steins whatever the cost. Breezing along with an easy charm, this frothy farce springs few surprises, but provides likeable laughs. Director Scott Marshall (son of Garry Marshall, director of
) keeps it brisk and even ropes in his real-life dad as Benjamin's superannuated, but young-at-heart, grandfather, who arrives with a hippy girlfriend half his age (Daryl Hannah) and dispenses some much-needed pearls of wisdom.
The Fiedler and Stein families embark on a game of one-upmanship as they try to outdo each other in their lavish preparations for their 13-year-old sons' forthcoming bar mitzvah parties. Meanwhile, one of the boys uses the occasion to plan a surprise reunion between his dad and estranged grandfather. Comedy drama, starring Daryl Sabara, Jami Gertz, Jeremy Piven and Cheryl Hines.
Cast & Crew
Marc John Jefferies
Contains some swearing.
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