Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.


Edward Norton


Stuart Blumberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Rabbi Jake Schram
Edward Norton ... Father Brian Finn
Jenna Elfman ... Anna Riley
Anne Bancroft ... Ruth Schram
Eli Wallach ... Rabbi Ben Lewis
Ron Rifkin ... Larry Friedman
Milos Forman ... Father Havel
Holland Taylor ... Bonnie Rose
Lisa Edelstein ... Ali Decker
Rena Sofer ... Rachel Rose
Ken Leung ... Don
Brian George ... Paulie Chopra
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Debbie
Susie Essman ... Ellen Friedman
Stuart Blumberg ... Len


Jake and Brian are friends. They are Jewish and Catholic respectively. They would grow up and become a rabbi and priest. Anna, whom they knew when they were younger, comes back to town a stunning woman. Jake is up to be the head of his synagogue but he is not married which doesn't make his appointment any easier. Jake finds himself attracted to Anna but because she's not Jewish, he can't marry her as it would make his appointment less likely. Brian also finds himself attracted to Anna, but the priesthood doesn't allow that. Their friendship is strained when each learns of the other's feelings for her. Written by

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If you have to believe in something, you might as well believe in love.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Composer Elmer Bernstein was hired due to an enthusiastic recommendation by the film's editor Malcolm Campbell to Edward Norton, with whom Campbell had worked with when he was the primary editor for John Landis' films and Bernstein had scored for a period of ten or more years. Those films include An American Werewolf In London, Trading Places, Michael Jackson's Thriller, Spies Like Us, and Three Amigos! Campbell was an assistant editor when Bernstein first collaborated with Landis on National Lampoon's Animal House and also on Blues Brothers, where Bernstein provided the very brief "God Music" for the film. Bernstein was not involved with Twilight Zone The Movie which Campbell edited Landis' segment since the entire film was scored by the late Jerry Goldsmith. See more »


When Brian grabs the first bottle of liquor he takes one swig before continuing the conversation with Anna. When the next shot of him is shown less than 5 seconds later the bottle is less than half full. See more »


Anna Riley: Can I ask you a question?
Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: Yeah, of course, anything.
Anna Riley: It's personal, so...
Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: Oh, are we gonna have the sex talk here?
Anna Riley: Yes, you're my friend and I wanna know how this works for you.
Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: Fire away, you must have a list of questions.
Anna Riley: Really?
Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: Really?
Anna Riley: So you... don't. Right?
Father Brian Kilkenney Finn: Right.
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Crazy Credits

Thank-yous include one to "Salmita Bonita", a reference to actor-director Edward Norton's girlfriend, actress Salma Hayek. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release features quite a few edited scenes, including:
  • Brian takes Anna to the club while it's still under construction
  • Brian tries to come into the bar with a bottle of liquor in his hand. The bartender tells him 'No Bottles', so he promptly drinks the remainder
  • Brian and Jakob walk through an art museum with Anna (featuring the scene from the Gag Reel where Anna can't say the name of the picture she's standing in front of); eventually, her cel phone rings, she has a yelling match with a co-worker, and falls in the fountain (also seen in the Gag Reel)
  • A bit with young Jakob and Brian making a kung-fu movie with a home video camera
  • Anna talking to Ruth about Jakob and Jake's brother (establishing exactly why Ruth never forgave him)
  • A piece from Jakob's date, where the woman talks about running and breast implants before having a sneezing fit and smashing her face on the table
  • Jakob tells Anna to put her pager under her skirt while she's at work, and he'll call her; two co-workers come in just as Jake starts calling, trying to get her to help them work out the numbers as she 'gets buzzed'
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References Se7en (1995) See more »


Written and Performed by Elliott Smith
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Romantic comedy with excellent trio protagonist
11 January 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture is a romance story between three friends, a Catholic priest Brian(Edward Norton), a rabbi Jake(Ben Stiller) and a gorgeous girl(Jenna Elfman),she is an old childhood friend and now she returns to New York city and the friendship is re-established. The two male friends fall in love with the enticing executive, creating themselves a loving triangle. Jake is in a traditional congregation that want him married with a good Jewish woman but is the fact which his mother(Anne Bancroft) disapproved to his brother for marrying with a non Jewish .Jake is a little worried about his future and he's out step,out of place and desperately looking for a fiancée with numerous suitors(Rena Sofer) The problems are when Brian cannot break his vow of celibacy and Jake cannot marry but isn't Jewish . We never met a pair as liking as Stiller and Norton.They along with Jenna Elfman are agreeable,enticing and enjoyable.The film has great load of amusement,fun,giggles,chuckles and is very entertained.Besides there are a brief exploration about Jewish way of life, making a slight exposition of the rites ,ceremonies ,habits, religion and the Tora .Although the screenplay sounds some ridiculous and absurd ,the plot is well developed and has surprises and its good moments here and there. Nice and cheerful music score by the classic Elmer Berstein(Seven magnificent,Age of innocence).Direction by Edward Norton captures the special excitement or mood protagonists and scenarios. The flick will like to romantic comedy enthusiastic. Rating: Nice and Well worth watching.

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Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keeping the Faith See more »


Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,078,671, 16 April 2000

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