Sixty Six
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A 12-year-old Jewish boy teetering on the cusp of manhood finds his eagerly anticipated Bar Mitzvah threatened by a lethal combination of World Cup fever, the loss of the family business, and the shenanigans of a mischievous elder sibling in a coming-of-age comedy directed by Paul Weiland and starring Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Rea, and Gregg Sulkin. The year is 1966, and Bernie Rubens (Sulkin) is about to become a man. As the date of his Bar Mitzvah draws nearer, however, it seems like the stars have aligned to prevent it from being the blow-out bash he has always dreamt of. Not only is… More
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
"Weiland's occasional heavy-handedness is more than redeemed by the lightness of his cast."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"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
"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
"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
"You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate its uncondescending fondness for the claustrophobic warmth of family life among working-class people apprehensively inching their way toward upward mobility."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"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
"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,
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