In Judaism, a Bar or Batmitzvah is a coming of age ceremony welcoming the young person to their future adult self.
In Keeping Up With The Steins (2006), Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is about to become a Bar Mitzvah. As with any religious ceremony, his family is coming together to celebrate this young man making his entrance to the adult community. And anyone who has brought their family together for a event of this type knows that drama will always ensue.
Benjamin’s father, Adam (Jeremy Piven) and his grandfather Irwin (Garry Marshall) have not spoken in many years. Benjamin is feeling the pressure to succeed while his family is feuding and trying to keep up with the neighbors. Will Ben’s Bar Mitzvah be a memorable one for the right reasons or the wrong reasons?
What is interesting to me about this movie is that you can change the location and religious faith of the characters and the same issues will come up. There is, even with the specifics of the story, a universality to this story of family and growing up.
I recommend it.