Shalom Life | August 28, 2015

Movie Review: 'Reuniting the Rubins'

The British film tells the story of a grandmother who wants to reunite her family for a Passover seder

By: Ilan Mester

Published: December 12th, 2011 in Culture » Film » Reviews

Movie Review: 'Reuniting the Rubins'

Reuniting the Rubins is one of those movies that aims to be touching and funny all at once. The British film tells the story of a grandmother who tries to bring together her dysfunctional family for a Passover seder.

The movie stars Timothy Spall (who played Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter franchise) as Lenny Rubin, a retired lawyer who’s ready to embark on a fancy cruise. But his vacation is cut short -- in fact, the cruise hadn’t even set sail -- when he learns that his mother (Honor Blackman) is in the hospital.

“I don’t want my family reunited over my dead body,” she tells him, using good old fashioned Jewish guilt.

As a Holocaust survivor, Gran Rubin lost most of her family during the war. “I’ve watched all my family die, Lenny,” she tells her son. “Before I die I want to watch your family live.”

She wants the entire family to come together for a Passover seder. But for that, Lenny has to reunite his four children who are living their lives in very different ways -- in equally different places.

Danny Rubin (Battlestar Galactica’s James Callis) is a successful businessman who seems to be glued to his Bluetooth. His sister, Andie (Rhona Mitra), is an eco-activist who lives in Africa. Their brother Yona (Hugh O’Conor) is a Rabbi who resides in Jerusalem with his family and their other sibling (Asier Newman) is a Buddhist monk.

A good chunk of the film is spent on Lenny tying to convince all of his children to come together for the seder, which needless to say turns into a difficult task.

Both Spall and Blackman deliver solid performances. And the rest of the cast -- which also features Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) and Theo Stevenson (Horrid Henry: The Movie) -- are talented as well.

Reuniting the Rubins isn’t the most innovative movie and its storyline is predictable. But it’s a nice first feature film effort from director Yoav Factor.

This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram TrendingShalom Life is Saying Goodbye Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye TrendingShaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Trending
 

This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

August 27, 2015 | By Sy Berg
This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

2HipJews are putting the 'modern' back into modern Orthodox

Read More

Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

August 27, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

After nearly 7 years, we are sadly ending Shalom Life's run.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

August 26, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

Tony Kushner's family drama challenges it's audiences on so many levels, it leaves you breathless and beaten. It is awesome; astounding, humbling, overwhelming and remarkable.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

August 23, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

This powerful play based on a true story is an absolute must-see this summer.

Read More

Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

August 14, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

These 10 LGBT celebrities are an inspiration to us all.

Read More

Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

August 14, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

Dave Driskell apologized Monday evening for his actions

Read More

There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

Lil Dicky's 'Professional Rapper' sells 22,000 copies in its first week

Read More

Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

Reports indicate that some 78,000 travelers passed through the Israeli airport in a single day

Read More

More Headlines