With his parents caught up in preparations for his lavish bar mitzvah, a boy tries to heal the rift between his father (Jeremy Piven) and grandfather (Garry Marshall).
" The specificity of the indulged lives in this film is delivered so ineptly that it seems as if rich kids have been shooting home movies in their own back yards. Which may be the case. "
" Despite problems of tone and tempo, Steins is appealingly cast. "
" Comes off like a collection of TV actors doing somebody a favor. "
" It's not the kind of comedy that makes you laugh till your face hurts, but it'll give your smile muscles a good workout. "
" By the time the Fiedlers are getting serious about their arguments and their hugs, we've grown to like them. "
" Blends humor with heart for a satisfying, if predictable, experience. "
" It's not meant to be uproarious. But even as comfort food, Steins can't keep up. "
" There's not much new here, but the engaging cast ... keeps the formula reasonably fresh. "
" Had Scott Marshall and screenwriter Mark Zakarin honed their knives sharper, they could have made genuine mirth out of this. "
" [Zakarin] keeps things clearly flat and primary, and the characters never become more than stereotype. "
" We get the distinct feeling this film has been made by people who don't really want to offend their friends, who would rather spend a million dollars impressing others as opposed to throwing it away on hunger relief or American education. "
" A winningly sincere and warmly humorous film about an ancient Jewish milestone in the time of Martha Stewart. "
" The tribute to an aging parent is moving and gives this routine comedy an extra something. "
" Excellent casting lifts this sitcomlike script. "
" Shooting a comedy, like telling a joke, demands a sense of rhythm, and Scott is no dancer -- he keeps tripping against the grain of the humour. "
" A barrage of bad jokes, offensive stereotypes and dated reference points, the movie is like Meet the Fockers on overdrive. "
" An adept cast that resists stereotyping keeps the plot humming. "
" ... we have a lot of stereotypes, but they're not done in a mean-spirited way. "
" Warm, witty, and sitcom-obvious -- a genuine audience pleaser that's built to wring laughs of pained recognition from anyone who has survived a bar mitzvah as either a participant or an observer. "
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