Tell us if this sounds familiar: You’ve awoken with a jerk at 2AM, alone in your fully-lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some random movie are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. But, we promise, it’s not! And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
We stay up way past our bedtime (especially on school nights), being kept company by movies we’ve seen a billion times…. until we literally can’t keep our eyes open. We know we’re not alone: maybe you need a movie to sleep to, too! So join us tonight when we pass out to Keeping the Faith (starting @ 11:35 on Starz! Kids & Family).
Why we’ll try to stay up and watch it: We’re all tired of Ben Stiller. This is especially true when he’s in schlocky romantic comedies playing some high-strung nebbish (The Heartbreak Kid, Along Came Polly.) So logically, seeing him as a Rabbi in a forbidden love triangle with a Shiksa Goddess and a Catholic Priest would be simply unwatchable, even if that Goddess is Jenna Elfman and that Priest is Edward Norton. But in Keeping the Faith, Stiller is toned down to an almost charming degree. We’re guessing that has a lot to do with Norton, making his official directorial debut (because we all know he, and not Tony Kaye, actually directed American History X.) Norton brings his meticulousness to a genre that often just drifts along on chemistry. And as an added bonus, he gets to play a really nice and normal guy. Norton isn’t a gifted comedian, but he manages to be a decent straight man.
Keeping the Faith feels like one of those cute Woody Allen movies that Allen stopped making a decade ago. You want Stiller and Elfman to get together, and you know that Norton and Stiller will become best friends again despite their differences, all before credits roll. Plus, Anne Bancroft shows up as Stiller’s mom. That alone should keep us up until 1:45.
When we’ll probably fall asleep: At some point after Ken Leung (Miles from LOST!) shows up as a "Jesse’s Girl" singing, karaoke machine selling, Asian stereotype.