Keeping Up With the Steins (PG-13)

Comedy 99 May 12th, 2006
By Luke Y. Thompson
When his obnoxious ex-boss throws the world's most lavish bar mitzvah for Junior, successful Hollywood agent Adam Fiedler (Jeremy Piven, doing a family-friendly version of his Entourage character) decides he has to go one better for his own son Benjamin (Daryl Sabara, who has gotten progressively worse since his breakthrough in the first Spy Kids). Benjamin's not a fan of this plan, and decides to annoy his father by inviting his estranged grandfather Irwin (Garry Marshall, father of first-time director Scott) to town two weeks early. What ensues -- Reading Hebrew is hard! Vegans are flakey! Jews sure do like to complain! -- might have made a pretty good half-hour sitcom episode, but it's a reach for a feature. Jewish boys who've undergone the ritual may find more to identify with here than most.
Scott Marshall Jami Gertz, Daryl Hannah, Garry Marshall, Jeremy Piven, Doris Roberts, Daryl Sabara, Cheryl Hines, Carter Jenkins, Marc John Jefferies, Miranda Cosgrove Mark Zakarin A.D. Oppenheim, David Scharf, Mark Zakarin Miramax Films