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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Jami Gertz, Daryl Hannah, Garry Marshall, Jeremy Piven, Doris Roberts, Daryl Sabara
Director: Scott Marshall
Rating: NC-16 (Some Sexual References)
Year Made: 2007




- Deleted Scenes
- Keeping Up With The Steins: Behind The Scenes




Languages: English/Spanish/Portuguese
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Bahasa/Malay/
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Presentation Size: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




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).


If you don’t remember this movie making its way to the big screens here, you’re right. While there are some critically-acclaimed films which didn’t make it because of distributor’s unwise decisions, there are also flicks which didn’t make it because, well, to put it nicely, there are movies which are meant to be watched at home on smaller screens. And this 2006 movie is definitely one of them.

The 90-minute movie has a tried-and-tested formula of family comedy: A young Hebrew boy who is clueless about the religion is preparing for his coming-of-age ceremony, known as the “bar mitzvah”. Not wanting to be outdone by another family, his parents plan for a lavish party. Chaos ensues when his grandfather, who has long left the family for a hippie chick, is invited.

To the uninitiated, the whole Hebrew culture may seem interesting at first, especially seeing the traditional ceremonies carried out in the ceremonial halls. That is before you realize that this family comedy is using the convenient sitcom formula to milk laughs from you. A trouble-making old man causing disorder and unhappiness in the family? Check. A dorky kid trying to invite his crush to his party with disastrous results? Check. A happy ending you saw 10 minutes into the show? Check.

While there are some decent jokes (we didn’t see that NC-16 rating for sexual references coming), they are not enough to sustain. However, credit goes to the decent casting. Jeremy Piven (Smokin’ Aces) is a charming Dad, Jami Gertz (Ally McBeal) is a pleasant Mum and Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids) is a likeable geek. Also, watch out for Daryl Hannah’s (Kill Bill) hippie chick, who has a scene where she goes skinny-dipping with the old man (Nope, the last time we checked, we saw nothing you’d like to see).

You have to admit there are just some shows you won’t pay money to watch in a theatre, and unless it’s peer pressure, this movie is likely to be one of them. But the comedy is still a decent one to be kept at home; you never know when you’d encounter one of those boring nights when you need to kill time by watching something on your small screen at home.


This Code 3 DVD contains eight minutes of six “Deleted Scenes”, with optional director/screenwriter commentary. In here, you’d find an alternate ending where the hippie chick runs off with another man at the end of the movie – you go, girl. Then there is an eight-minute “Keeping Up With The Steins: Behind the Steins” feature where you’d learn that director Scott Marshall is not a Jew himself, and the geeky boy played by Sabara used this shoot as an opportunity to learn more about his “bar mitzvah”. Included in the disc are also “Sneak Peeks” of Blu-Ray discs and the Wild Hogs DVD.


The visual transfer is decent enough (there aren’t computer generated effects and landscape sceneries for you to ogle at after all), while there are 5.1 Dolby English and Spanish, together with 2.0 Sound Portuguese audio tracks for you to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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