Keeping the Faith

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Keeping the Faith (Touchstone Movie)

“Keeping the Faith” is a 2000 romantic comedy film directed by and starring Edward Norton, with Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman in the lead roles. The movie follows the story of three childhood friends who reconnect after many years and find themselves caught in a complicated love triangle.

The film centers around two best friends, Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) and Brian Finn (Edward Norton), who grew up together in New York City. They are now adults, and Jake has become a rabbi, while Brian is a Catholic priest. Despite their different career paths, they maintain a close bond and support each other through life’s challenges.

Everything changes when Anna Riley (Jenna Elfman), a successful businesswoman, returns to their lives. Anna was their childhood friend and has been living in California. Upon her return to New York, she reignites a connection with both Jake and Brian, creating romantic tension between them.

As the story unfolds, the two religious leaders grapple with their feelings for Anna while navigating the complexities of their respective religious commitments. Their friendship is put to the test as they try to balance their personal desires and obligations to their faith.

“Keeping the Faith” explores themes of love, friendship, and faith, tackling the challenges that arise when traditional values and beliefs clash with modern relationships. The film offers a fresh and humorous perspective on the dilemmas faced by people with strong religious convictions when dealing with matters of the heart.

Edward Norton’s directorial debut brings a thoughtful and witty approach to the romantic comedy genre, making the film more than just a typical love story. The performances of the lead actors, especially the chemistry between Norton and Elfman, contribute to the movie’s charm and emotional depth.

With its heartwarming moments, humor, and exploration of faith and love, “Keeping the Faith” is a delightful and engaging film that resonates with audiences seeking a mix of romance, friendship, and philosophical questions about life’s choices and beliefs.

Keeping the Faith

Additional Details


  • Ben Stiller: Rabbi Jacob “Jake” Schram
  • Samuel R. Goldberg: Teenage Jake Schram
  • Edward Norton: Father Brian Kilkenney Finn
  • Michael Charles Roman: Teenage Brian Finn
  • Jenna Elfman: Anna Reilly
  • Blythe Auffarth: Teenage Anna Reilly
  • Anne Bancroft: Ruth Schram
  • Miloš Forman: Father Havel
  • Eli Wallach: Rabbi Ben Lewis
  • Holland Taylor: Bonnie Rose
  • Lisa Edelstein: Ali Decker
  • Rena Sofer: Rachel Rose
  • Bodhi Elfman: Howard the Casanova
  • Brian George: Paulie Chopra
  • Ron Rifkin: Larry Friedman
  • David Wain: Steve Posner
  • Eugene Katz: Mohel
  • Ken Leung: Don
  • Susie Essman: Ellen Friedman
  • Catherine Lloyd Burns: Debbie
  • Craig Castaldo: himself
  • Brian Anthony Wilson: T-Bone


  • Director: Edward Norton
  • Producers: Hawk Koch, Edward Norton and Stuart Blumberg
  • Writer: Stuart Blumberg

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