Box art for Keeping Up With the Steins

Keeping Up With the Steins

  • Rated PG13


Three generations collide during a wild and crazy family reunion.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

So-so comedy about over-the-top bar mitzvah.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know the film includes jokes concerning a 13-year-old boy's burgeoning sexual interests, as well as his anxiety about "becoming a man" via his bar mitzvah. Using broad Jewish, uptight-suburban, and "hippie" stereotypes, the film establishes a series of conflicts to be resolved by the end. The film includes mild language, several sexual allusions (as 13-year-olds begin to notice the opposite sex), and some underage drinking (three boys steal liquor from parents' cabinet, get tipsy, and then one throws up, whereupon his grandfather covers for him, understanding that "boys will be boys"). A grandfather and his younger girlfriend appear naked in a pool (the grandson sees their naked behinds). The grandfather pulls out a sword to fight off an angry driver.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the tension between Irwin and Adam, as this is premised on Irwin's abandonment of his family 20 years before: How can Adam forgive his father? (And how is it hard for him to accept that his mother forgives his father?) How can traditional rituals (like bar mitzvahs or birthday parties) simultaneously be exciting and stressful?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A winningly sincere and warmly humorous film about an ancient Jewish milestone in the time of Martha Stewart.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 2, 2006

Rotten: Comes off like a collection of TV actors doing somebody a favor.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rotten: ... the comedy is too timid to really make much of a satirical statement.

- Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News, Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

much better then expected

- jjnxn, Tuesday, April 3, 2007

2 stars

Resoundingly artificial and rarely amusing.

- wbgoose13, Tuesday, November 7, 2006

3 stars

Maybe a bit repetitive but it's funny and pretty interesting.

- SunilJawahir, Wednesday, March 18, 2009