October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Keeping the Faith

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
128 minutes
performer
Edward Norton, Ben Stiller, Ron Rifkin
director
Edward Norton
Producer
Edward Norton
distributor
Spyglass Entertainment
genre
Comedy
We gave it a B-

In his feature directorial debut, Edward Norton plays a priest whose best friend (Stiller) is a rabbi — and a competitor for the affections of their childhood friend (Jenna Elfman), all grown up and gorgeous. As likable as its three leads are, Keeping the Faith seems to suffer from its own crisis of faith: Earnest or slapstick? Romantic comedy or buddy picture? It’s like a two-hour-long priest-rabbi joke that — while amusing in the telling — is missing its punchline. B-

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