One man's mission to follow his dream is comically halted in its tracks at the request of his dear, but difficult, aged Jewish mother who is hell-bent on seeing her warring dysfunctional grown up grandchildren together one last time before she dies.
An up-tight lawyer, Lenny Rubin, (Timothy Spall), has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother (Honor Blackman) emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes, his grown-up children are certainly not even from the same planet: a ruthless control-freak and hard-nosed capitalist, an outspoken, argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause, an outer-worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all, a bible bashing born-again Rabbi. While they might quarrel, fight, and perhaps even be starting a war in Africa, they are still family. It is going to take a whole lot of soul-searching and sacrifice for everyone to come together in this comic drama.Written by
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I absolutely loved this feel good, touching and heartwarming family comedy. I can't wait to see it again and own it on DVD! It is great to see a drama about Jewish family dynamics and culture, with many of the themes universal to all families. Timothy Spall, an outstanding British actor, gives a convincing performance, and he is well supported by the rest of the cast, who all portray diverse characters within the Rubins family. Perfect for a relaxed Sunday afternoon movie trip, this film will make you laugh and smile, and you may even shed a tear by the end. If you haven't seen it yet I would recommend it wholeheartedly. If you are not afraid of a bit of quality shmaltz and can embrace it then you will enjoy it.
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