This film covers a lot of topics, sometimes in a humorous manner, but also with a lot of strong language. It is 1967 and a Jewish boy named Danny (Aaron Wolf) is about to have his barmitzvah. He is a typical boy who enjoys watching “F-Troop” on TV and who occasionally gets into trouble in school. His father, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), is a professor of physics at a university and he has just been hit with the news that his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) is leaving him, having fallen for his fellow professor Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed). Sy hugs Larry and comforts him, while at the same time planning to take his wife and live in Larry’s home! He is a snake to be sure.
As the pressures mount, Larry finds himself desperately needing more cash flow and at the same time he is bribed rather handsomely by one of his failing students who wants a good grade. Larry resists the temptation but then begins to consider it as bills flood his mailbox. The various rabbis he visits either give him little or ill-conceived advice, or ignore him entirely. There are some humorous moments in these scenes, but the language in the film is very strong, along with female frontal nudity as a woman sunbathes and we cannot award our Dove Seal to this film.