Keeping Up With the Steins
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After his best friend's bar mitzvah complete with ice sculptures and a rap version of "Hava Nagila," Zachary discovers his father (Jeremy Piven) is planning to out-bar mitzvah his friend's father by throwing Zachary's rite of passage at Dodger Stadium. But all of this just spells stress for Benjamin, who secretly laments over his pending adulthood and Torah memorizations, all while nursing a preteen crush on the pretty blonde in his Hebrew school. So he hatches a plan to sabotage his own bar mitzvah by inviting his estranged, skinny-dipping hippie grandfather (Garry Marshall) to the event. What begins as chaotic staging for a hostile family reunion quickly turns into a touching family comedy that anyone can relate to. (Ages 12+)
Director's Statement Collapse
I grew up in a school full of Jewish kids in Los Angeles. I went to a lot of fancy, over-the-top bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and I walways felt a little left out since I never got to have one myself because...I'm not Jewish. This issue came up again when I was sent the script for Keeping Up With the Steins, a comedy about three generations of a Jewish family. I loved the script and wanted to direct it. I explained to producer A.D. Oppenheim and writer-producer Mark Zakarin that I married a Jewish woman, and therefore, in a way, I have a Jewish mother. Luckily, that was close enough. We shot the film in 25 days, all in L.A., with a cast of extremely talented actors who worked well together. And I achieved exactly what I sent out to make: a funny, warm family comedy about three generations of a Jewish family and the bar mitzvah that drove them all crazy. In the end, I had not one but three bar mitzvahs, all of which were just how I envisioned them. Through this experience, I have finally become a man.
Film Information Collapse
[KEEPI] | 2006 | 85 | Narrative Feature
Foreign Title: (Keeping Up With the Steins)
Premiere: New York
About the Director(s)Collapse
Scott Marshall began making films in his backyard at the age of eight. These highly realistic Super-8 war movies included firecrackers for explosions and tomato juice for blood. He then studied film at Northwestern University and received an M.A. in Directing from the American Film Institute. As a music video director, he created videos for Smash Mouth and Guided by Voices. He went on be a second unit director for Raising Helen and The Princess Diaries II. Marshall makes his feature directorial debut with Keeping Up With the Steins.