It feels like a joke that is old about a rabbi and a priest walking in to a club.
But “Keeping the Faith, ” a romantic comedy released 20 years back this month, stretched the premise into one of the most clever films of the genre, while the unusual Hollywood film which takes concerns of spiritual faith and obligation really.
“Keeping the Faith” ended up being the directorial first of star Edward Norton, from a screenplay because of the Jewish author Stuart Blumberg, who was simply Norton’s roomie at Yale. Set on ny City’s greatly Jewish Upper West Side, the movie stars Ben Stiller as Jake Schram, a new bachelor Conservative rabbi, and Norton as Father Brian Finn, a Catholic priest and Jake’s lifelong friend that is best.
When their youth buddy Anna Riley (Jenna Elfman) comes home to city for work, both clergymen develop emotions him dating a non-Jew for her, which in both of their cases is forbidden — for Brian because of his priestly vow of celibacy, and for Jake because his synagogue would not approve of. Continue reading