Pros: The movie flows naturally towards religious comedy yet never loses respect for religion.
Cons: not a one in my book
The title of this review are the words at the ending of this cute entertaining movie. The late Robin Norton was Edward Norton's mother. Keeping The Faith is the first movie Ed ever directed and produced. He did a fine job. His mother would be proud.
It's about three childhood friends who were growing up in New York City. Two remained friends while the tomboy moved to the west coast during the summer after their 8th grade in school and one day reappears all grown up.
Edward Norton has become Father Brian Finn, A devout Catholic priest (Made his debut in "Primal Fear" ~ an odd contrast as an altar boy accused of murdering a priest) and Ben Stiller ("There's Something About Mary") plays Rabbi Jake Schram, an Orthodox Rabbi.
Anne Bancroft is Jake's very Jewish mom who wants nothing for her son except to find a nice Jewish girl. Jenna Elfman (ABC's Dharma...need I say more?) does her part well playing Anne Reilly, the third friend.
Keeping The Faith is a witty lighthearted movie filmed in New York City with style and sensibility. Ed Norton displays that adorable grin through most of his lines. His brief impression of Rainman was very funny. Another part I especially liked was when the Harlem Gospel Choir made their appearance and spiced up that part of the movie.
Brian George plays the Irish bartender and Ken Leung plays the very talented and very funny Chinese guy. The stellar cast in this movie made for a very entertaining comedy/drama with warmhearted funny (but sensible) and serious episodes.
The proceeds from the trailer premiere of this movie went to Living Classrooms Foundation and St. Francis Academy Robin Norton Scholarship Fund in New York where Ed's late mother was a devout participant. Over $71,000 was raised for education for the poor children of New York.
Keeping The Faith is a gentle lighthearted movie that I enjoyed immensely. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants a "feel good" type of entertainment after a long hard day's work. This one is a keeper and part of my movie collection.