Keeping The Faith
Best friends since they were kids, Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) and Brian Kilkenny Finn (Edward Norton), are single, successful, handsome, and confident young men living on New York’s West side. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), once their childhood friend and now grown into a beautiful corporate executive, returns to the city, she reenters Jake’s and Brian’s lives and hearts with a vengeance. Sparks fly and an unusual and complicated love triangle is created because Brian happens to be a Roman Catholic priest and Jake is a rabbi.
A very amusing love triangle, with several positive messages. The film contains an affirmative statement about faith and the priest gives an intelligent and moving explanation concerning celibacy. Although the priest falls in love, the film presents a realistic struggle that a man of God will at some point go through as he comes face to face with his commitment to Christ and the desires of the human heart. The film does not ridicule religion nor men of faith. Unfortunately, there are several scenes with the rabbi and the woman in bed on top of one another. There is no nudity and no graphic sex, but it does imply that they are having an ongoing sexual relationship outside marriage. This, coupled with the rabbi misusing Jesus’ name on three occasions and the occasional use of objectionable language, makes “Keeping the Faith” unsuitable for family viewing.