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Movie Review: Sixty-Six

Alternate Title: Yiddisha Cup

Story: Oy! Can you imagine if your Bar Mitzvah were to fall on the day that your country ends up in the World Cup final? Based on the true-ish story of director Paul Weiland's own Bar Mitzvah and written by Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor that's what happens to poor 12 year old Bernie Rubens.

This often dark coming of age tale takes place in 1965 England. Little Bernie is not the most popular kid. His older brother picks on him, his parents ignore him and the kid who has polio gets picked for the school team ahead of him. Bernie believes his Bar Mitzvah will change his life. On that perfect day, he will be the star, the center of attention and his life will really begin. Do things go wrong? Absolutely. We watch as Bernie's perfectly planned day turns to crap as England gets closer and closer to the finals of the competition and his family's financial hardship minimizes the size and scope of Bernie's party every day.

Is it all believable? Absolutely not. Did I care? Absolutely not. This is a charming, slice of life, while predictable, remains very entertaining.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CARmJdFz-8

And here is the first charming five minute of the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzQHy4GdD7o

Acting: Helena Bonham Carter as the Mother was right on the money. Eddie Marsan (you might remember him from Vera Drake) was terrific as the woe-be-gone Dad. Gregg Sulkin as little Bernie Rubens was adorable. Peter Serafinowicz as Uncle Jimmy, Catherine Tate as Aunt Lila and Ben Newton as annoying brother Alvie were all great..

Trivia: England has not won the World Cup since 1966. Helena Bonham Carter is the great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith a British Prime Minister (1908-1916). She speaks French fluently and has two children by director Tim Burton.

Predilection: None - except Bar Mitzvahs make me laugh when they are depicted on film.

Critters: A barking dog, a beautiful black lab and a gorgeous working yellow lab.

Food: Meat and potatoes, baked beans, gray peas, fish sticks, cake and other not so yummy food items.

Sex Spectrum: It is a family film but there are hints of sex.

Soundtrack: funny

Opening Titles: The first five minutes of the film (see clip above) introduce you to the family. The titles follow. The credits at he end are worth staying for too.

Visual Art: Nice recreation of the 60's in England.

Theater Audience: Five other people. I laughed the loudest.

Weather: The weather was fine for the World Cup and the Bar Mitzvah.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I didn't drift at all.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: 100 minutes