Sixty Six
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It is the summer of '66, and England is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie though, the biggest day of his life is looming: his Bar Mitzvah, and the day he becomes a man. However, Bernie's family is increasingly distracted by the threat of losing their business and their wayward older son, and the scale of Bernie's Bar Mitzvah diminishes daily. Worst of all the Cup Final is scheduled to take place on the same day and when England makes it through the qualifying rounds, Bernie's longed-for Bar Mitzvah looks set to be a complete disaster.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Since Mr. Weiland himself had grown up in a Jewish section of North London, he was able to include many details of his own childhood."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The story line sounds plain and simple, but the movie is enlightened by Bernie's impassioned narration and by a gallery of small comic details."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Cleaves too closely to the pattern set out by more original films with similar subject matter. Its obvious distinctions of time and place come through in clever details, but these don't seem to serve Weiland's autobiography so much as situate it into a fa"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Weiland has given us something we can cheer and feel good about."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"It does cast Helena Bonham Carter against type as a devoted mother and housewife, and, for soccer nuts, integrate pristine footage from the '66 Cup."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"It's labeled a 'true-ish story', and the results are cheeky fun."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"[Director] Weiland pours so much heart into his autobiographically 'true-ish' story that accessibility is a nonissue."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"A film that tries too hard and wastes a cast of skilled veterans and talented newcomers."
‑ Jason Heck, Kansas City Star
"...the sort of Jewish film that the whole family can enjoy without feeling they're fulfilling an obligation to see it."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate
"Sixty Six's loving portrayal of the ups & downs of a Jewish family in London charmingly entices the viewer to find themselves within its four-eyed, adorably geeky hero."
‑ Diva Velez,
"Sixty Six is also about accepting parents with all their frailties, coming to terms with the unfairness of life, and finding a way to switch the focus to the wonders we do have to celebrate."
‑ Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
"Weiland's occasional heavy-handedness is more than redeemed by the lightness of his cast."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Offbeat, nostalgic, wonderful."
‑ David Cornelius,
"...a charming coming-of-age period piece about the trials and tribulations one young boy must face in his quest to become a man."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Director Paul Weiland ("Made of Honor") co-wrote the tone-deaf screenplay for this cinematic abortion that features the ever-lousy Stephen Rea adding his specific brand of stench to a pasted-together movie that is predictable and boring as it is depressin"
‑ Cole Smithey,
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