The Tollbooth
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"The Tollbooth" comically explores a Jewish family from Brooklyn through the eyes of Sarabeth Cohen -- an activist painter in her first year out of art school. She really wants to rebel, but she is forced instead to learn from her family; Ruthie, her well-meaning but traditional-and-loud-about-it mother, Isaac, her holocaust-obsessed-philosopher-quoting father, Becky, her lesbian medical-student sister and Raquel, her nurturing self-sacrificing sister. She also gains some tough insight from Simon, her boyfriend from art school, who graduates and chooses the suburbs, a good job and an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lack of perspective and shaky comic tone plague Tollbooth -- Debra Kirschner's DV-shot saga of a Brooklyn Jewish girl trying to make it in Manhattan as an artist -- sinking it in a morass of whiny cliches."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Sokoloff works hard to make her aspiring artist likable, and buried deep under the mountain of clichés is a decent story of a young Brooklyn woman trying to find her own way. But to have to swallow such ham-fisted writing and direction?"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Women may recognize with shivers the struggles of twentysomething Sarabeth in The Tollbooth. And that's a bad thing."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Watching its roster of decent actors struggling to overcome the banalities of their roles makes the price of getting through The Tollbooth very high indeed."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"In The Tollbooth, 22-year-old Sarabeth Cohen (Marla Sokoloff), a self-described 'feminist artist,' talks us through the travails of her Jewish-American family and her own coming of age."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"Ambling but never less than endearing."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Plays like the unholy spawn of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Fiddler on the Roof."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The question of whether Sarabeth will make it as a big-city artist is less fascinating than wondering when she'll discover that her art is terrible."
‑ Peter L'Official, Village Voice
"In short, this film ain't kosher."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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