Keeping the Faith (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Keeping the Faith2000

Keeping the Faith (2000)



Critic Consensus: A dramedy featuring an unusual love triangle, Keeping the Faith is a perceptive look at how religion affects us in everyday life.

Keeping the Faith Photos

Movie Info

Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos Forman appears in the supporting cast, alongside Anne Bancroft, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach; the screenplay marks the debut of writer Stuart Blumberg, whom Norton met when they were both undergraduates at Yale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Watch it now


Ben Stiller
as Rabbi Jake Schram
Edward Norton
as Father Brian Finn
Jenna Elfman
as Anna Riley
Anne Bancroft
as Ruth Schram
Eli Wallach
as Rabbi Lewis
Ron Rifkin
as Larry Friedman
Milos Forman
as Father Havel
Holland Taylor
as Bonnie Rose
Lisa Edelstein
as Ali Decker
Rena Sofer
as Rachel Rose
Brian George
as Bartender
Susie Essman
as Ellen Friedman
Sam Goldberg
as Jake (as a teen)
Blythe Auffarth
as Anna (as a teen)
Michael Charles Roman
as Brian (as a teen)
Jonathan Silver
as Alan Klein
Kelly Deadmon
as Woman in Bar
Bodhi Elfman
as Casanova
Chris Gardner
as Basketball Kid No. 1
Santi Formosa
as Basketball Kid No. 2
Francine Beers
as Greta Mussbaum
Ellen Hauptman
as Roz Lentz
Liz Larsen
as Leslie
David Wain
as Steve Posner
Donna Hanover
as Woman No. 1 at Confessional
Wai Ching Ho
as Woman No. 2 at Confessional
Marilyn Cooper
as `Don't Walk' Lady
Howard W. Koch Jr.
as Rabbinical Professor
Keith Perry
as Old Man Hit with Censor
Derrick Eason
as Co-Worker
Barbara Haas
as Mother in Synagogue Reception Room
Dana Lubotsky
as Daughter
Tony Rossi
as Hot Dog Vendor
John P. Duffell
as Father Duffell
Keith Williams
as AIDS Patient
View All

News & Interviews for Keeping the Faith

Critic Reviews for Keeping the Faith

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (33)

The film's distinction: it is neither dumb or vulgar, and its comedy comes from basic human emotions.

August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Classic romantic triangle for teens and up.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A romantic triangle dating movie as confected, and nearly as wholesome, as a '50s Universal bedroom farce, but lacking the confidence and zest.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

The ending gets a little too cute, and isn't true to Anna's independent nature. Oh well, to forgive is divine.

July 21, 2005

An astute directorial debut for actor Edward Norton.

August 15, 2002 | Full Review…

It's as soft and squishy as anything by Nora Ephron or pre-caustic Woody Allen.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Keeping the Faith


Ed Norton directs (say what!!!) this comedy built around, of all things, the opening of a joke ("Priest and a rabbi walk into a bar ..."). This effort is spiked with loads of cultural references and pithy one-liners, has enough charisma to win a war, so it is in its unbelievable premise finally that it falters.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

"If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love." A story about two friends, a priest and a rabbi, who fall in love with the same beauty (Jenna Elfman)

Norton and Stiller are clergy (a priest and a rabbi, sounds like the start of a joke), Elfman is their friend who is secretly dating Stiller and who is secretly loved by Norton. What I think is most exceptional about this movie is the way it portrays these clergy as cool guys - I mean, there's really cool clergy just like there's really cool fireman and loggers and truck drivers. And it does so in a way that doesn't entirely compromise their faith, although some of the stuff Norton says or does is not quite right (and for the moment I'm not talking about his attraction to Elfman). I am also a huge Elfman fan, I think she's beautiful as well as extremely effective in her roles. Seeing this film made me wonder if Ben would be better served by serious roles more often, he's very effective and avoids the silliness and gross humor that can sometimes sabotage his comic performances. Nice supporting work by Bancroft and the always appreciated Wallach. Recommended for light entertainment.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


I swear I have reviewed this before, Flixter must be deleting my old ones. This movie is a little too long but I enjoy it thoroughly, good messages.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Keeping the Faith Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features