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  • Summary: Best friends since they were kids, Jake (Stiller), a rabbi, and Brian (Norton), a Catholic priest, are single, successful, handsome, and confident young men living on New York's Upper West Side. When Anna (Elfman), their childhood friend, returns to New York, she reenters their lives and hearts with a vengeance and a complicated love triangle is created. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. 88
    The ideal date movie for the Passover-Easter season and beyond, guaranteed to keep audiences rolling in the pews.
  2. May be the most ruggedly decent film to come along in a couple of decades.
  3. 80
    A funny and touching date movie that dares to celebrate decency.
  4. 63
    Depends on breezy attitude and effortless delivery for its success.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Despite scattered bits of nice writing, the movie never quite comes together.
  6. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Norton directs with assurance.
  7. Chock-full of the sort of levity that leaves you feeling you've been beaten about the head with a lead pipe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 1, 2011
    This is an underrated romantic comedy with a warm and complex theme of friendship, love, betrayal & redemption. What a great debut as director by Edward Norton. I'd love to see him direct more films as charming & warm-hearted, & funny as this one. This was such a delightful film. Stiller is at his most charming & sexy as a rabbi who falls in love a non-Jew yet doesn't want to hurt his mother(a poignant & funny turn by Anne Bancroft) nor endanger his job as a young rabbi. Stiller & Norton as his lifelong friend, a priest, both fall for their childhood friend, played by a charming, & complex Jenna Elfman. This was her role of a lifetime & it deserved much more positive recognition.
    Norton gave Stiller a great role. His rabbi has many social & family obligations, but he & Norton's priest have a lifetime of friendship, & competition, & their relationship is completely believable. Elfman's blond, high-powered businesswomen returns to their life from their long-ago childhood friendship & turns both of their worlds upside-down. Anne Bancroft's Jewish mother, who has damaged her relationship with her eldest son because of her refusal to accept his Christian wife, now realizes her mistake. Bancroft gives her last, great performance which is funny & nuanced. When she & Elfman weep about the love & pain that Elfman & Stiller's relationship has caused & the difficulties they may encounter, you believe these strong women love & respect each other & will help themselves & the man they both love to move through their problems toward a new family. I must also point out the great soundtrack, with Tom Waits, & other wonderful singers, and note that Elmer Bernstein composed the lyrical & haunting movie's theme.
  2. Jan 8, 2011
    A nice comedy. Nothing much to expect. A simple story. Good actors. Funny and original comic situations where Ben plays very well.
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    God damn this movie sucks. Holy **** **** Ben Still's acting in usual is pretty damn terrible. But now he's a rabbi, A **** RABBI. **** I AM PISSED OFF

    Plot, is **** terrible, oh look at us two religions crashing harder than my **** balls on asian school girls tuesday.

    My **** mom made me see this movie because she's a muslim and my step dad is a jew from a christian family. That is already the most convoluted bull****

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