She met Jake and Brian in middle school, after beating up a bully who was picking on them. Norton is a Catholic priest named Brian, a good friend of Jake's that, despite belonging to the Catholic congregation, still enjoys talking to his good friend about women and sex. Jake Schram Stiller and Brian Finn Norton are single, successful, extremely popular guys who have been best friends since, well, forever. Jake finds himself attracted to Anna but because she's not Jewish, he can't marry her as it would make his appointment less likely. This film was released by and , in association with Triple Threat Talent, on April 14, 2000. However, from a Biblical perspective, there are some very disconcerting messages.
Anna, whom they knew when they were younger, comes back to town a stunning woman. And of course these young men are young men, testosterone intact, and they both fall for her. The pair reminisce occasionally about Anna Reilly , their childhood friend. Norton sees something brighter than that: a story that shows men using their faith as tools to help guide them through the intricate rivers of life. A discussion between the two men prompts Jake to go to Anna's office building, with Brian shouting encouragement at him as he runs down the street. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. The one nagging problem I have with the picture is its length; why is it necessary to keep a romance comedy going 129 minutes when the plot's substance begins to wear off after only 90? Synopsis Jake and Brian are friends.
But overlooking this detail, it is highly recommended! This might dishearten certain individuals, but no one ever said the truth doesn't hurt. Anna has grown into a high-powered workaholic beauty whose reentry into their lives turns this old circle of friends into a love triangle -- a very complicated one at that, because Jake's a rabbi and Brian is a priest. It is the hope of these two friends, at least at the start, to form a nightclub that embraces both Jewish and Catholic religions they also want it to feature karaoke , and both Norton and Stiller are effective in making their personas as charismatic and normal as any person walking down the street in a big city. Later that evening, they surprise Brian in the middle of his karaoke number at the interfaith center, which looks to be off to a successful start. This movie is especially worth seeing for all those who have a faith and belief in Jesus, as it relates to many common concepts Christians are familiar with. The three became great friends, and enjoyed their childhood together.
The next day, still drunk, Brian stumbles into Jake's temple and interrupts a post- gathering, resulting in a confrontation with Jake that ends with the priest punching the rabbi. However, she is interested only in Rabbi Jacob. This isn't the kind of movie in which men sheltered by their contribution to God question the depth of their faith after falling in love; that would be an approach too obvious and foreseen to succeed. Hollywood has spent too much time in the past provoking laughter using bigotry, cruelty, profanity and Adam Sandler's attitude as a plot's backbone as if those elements were ever funny to begin with. The film is dedicated to Norton's late mother, Robin. Brian also finds himself attracted to Anna, but the priesthood doesn't allow that.
When he kisses her and admits his love, she interrupts him, and tells him she is in love with Jake and finally admits that she and Jake have been seeing each other secretly for months. Finding a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or view the Ed Norton-directed movie via subscription can be difficult, so we here at Moviefone want to do the heavy lifting. Embarrassed and rejected, Brian leaves and spends the night drinking on the streets. Stiller shows that any Rabbi can have desires for a different woman even though it might tarnish his reputation with the Jewish congregation, and Norton shows us how even Priests, who take vows of celibacy, can seem like ordinary guys who enjoy looking at women and talking about their secret fantasies. It reflects the difference between religion and relationship with God.
Schram Eli Wallach: Rabbi Lewis Ron Rifkin: Larry Friedman Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Stuart Blumberg, Jonathan Glickman, Howard W. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. When Anna Reilly, once their childhood friend and now grown into a beautiful corporate executive, suddenly returns to the city, she reenters Jake and Brian's lives and hearts with a vengeance. Their friendship is strained when each learns of the other's feelings for her. Artistically, this is a very disappointing movie that underutilizes the considerable talents of Stiller and Norton. It justifies sex before marriage, and never says it is wrong. Hopefully, many pre-christians will see it too, and catch a glimpse of some of the truth messages brought across.
Anna and Jake begin sleeping together, but he is reluctant to be involved in a serious relationship with her because she is not Jewish, a fact which could compromise his relationship with his congregation and also with his mother who disowned her eldest son for marrying outside the faith. As a fan, I went to this movie expecting a comedy. It worries me that the movie projects a sexual weakness for those single in ministry. As for spiritual considerations, there is not a speck of concern over the immorality depicted. But Anna does come back as she visits them while on a business trip. This movie simply makes something so pure so cheap, and makes the church far less than what is and can be.
Meanwhile, Brian has also developed feelings for Anna, in conflict with his vows, leaving him in private turmoil. They are about to be reunited with their other best childhood buddy -- the feisty, lanky tomboy, Anna Elfman. The situation of the Rabii is a little unrealistic, in regard to his apparent total lack of conscience concerning his relations with Anna. I highly recommend this one. Particularly good are the brief snippets of sermons given by the two lead characters… Notice especially apology to his congregation—he asks forgiveness not for what he has done, but for not sharing it with his congregation… It is rare to find a film or a church, for that matter that captures so well a grace that is not moralistic or behavioristic. They do more than admire her; they fantasize about being with her not an easy task considering their professions, though.
Keeping the Faith 2000 Jake and Brian are friends. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. Anna greets Rabbi Lewis as he passes by and asks about their meetings together, referencing the class that Anna had told Jake briefly she had been taking, at which point it becomes clear that she had been taking classes to to Judaism. The faith is there, and they use it; only problem is, do they use it to pursue the search for love? Norton may feel like he has a legitimate excuse first-time directors usually want to keep things running longer so they can have time to show off their talents a bit more , but he would have better succeeded had his script been written with the makings of a 2+-hour movie. They are childhood friends who have committed their lives to their respective faiths. Anna, whom they knew when they were younger, comes back to town a stunning woman. Interested in knowing what the movie's about? The film ends happily with the three childhood friends posing for a photo together.
The rabbi finds his true love primarily through and keeps his congregation. Writing Stuart Blumberg Screenplay Production Stuart Blumberg Producer Production Hawk Koch Producer Production Edward Norton Producer Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer Editing Malcolm Campbell Editor Production Avy Kaufman Casting Camera Anastas N. All in all, I felt that the movie was mis-represented by the advertisements, and if I had known the true nature of the film I would have saved my money! But in this, the directorial debut from Edward Norton, we see two guys who belong to religious orders descend into a frenzy of romance towards a longtime friend, and yet are not at liberty to push aside their religious faith in exchange for passion. Jake finds himself attracted to Anna but because she's not Jewish, he can't marry her as it would make his appointment less likely. They are Jewish and Catholic respectively. Best friends since they were kids, Rabbi Jacob Schram Ben Stiller and Father Brian Finn Edward Norton are dynamic and popular young men living and working on New York's Upper West Side. Oleh siocong Synopsis Jake and Brian are friends.