Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos Forman appears in the supporting cast, alongside Anne Bancroft, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach; the screenplay marks the debut of writer Stuart Blumberg, whom Norton met when they were both undergraduates at Yale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I enjoyed this movie entirely from start to ...well. almost to the finish. The dvd was damaged and when it got to the best part, the entire movie just froze up.
hope I can get a second chance to watch this film from start to finish.
The scene in this movie I keep coming back to is what the older priest in the story (Father Havel) has to say about commitment (whether it be to the priesthood or your marriage or any other major decision in your life).
I absolutely loved this movie! It was not only a good story, but the actors shined in their roles. I was impressed with Edward Norton in his directorial debut. I loved the humorous moments that brought out Norton's and Ben Stiller's natural funny side. Jenna Elfman was amazingly versatile in her role. Her character popped off the screen. She was strong, vulnerable, funny and serious. Edward Norton and Ben Stiller were very believable in their individual roles and as life-long buddies. There were heart-breaking moments and then there were uplifting moments. For those who love romantic comedies with a bit of a twist, this one is for you.
I have to disagree with the expert but Nortons debut as a director and writer was in FREDA. That not withstanding, this was a very funny movie for the most part, Norton plays a Priest, and Stiller is Rabbi Schram. Both have been boyhood friends for and both have shown an interest in Anna portrayed by Jenna Elfman. Now if you forgot her name, which is understandable, because she is totally forgettable in this film. What holds your attention is Edward Norton and his ability to get some sort of reasonable performance from Ben Stiller. Unlike Zoolander a movie that should be destroyed in the name of Good Mental Health, Norton manages to rain in Stiller and get one of his few good performances. This one is worth the price of a rental