Time: 128 mins.
Genre: Romanctic Comedy
SYNOPSIS: Best friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same girl. However, neither of the men can pursue the relationship due to their religious beliefs: the priest cannot break his vow of celibacy and the rabbi cannot marry her since she is not Jewish.
Though I find Edward Norton to be a very good actor and Ben Stiller to be immensely funny, there was just something about the concept of a priest and a rabbi falling in love with the same woman that seemed highly contrived with the potential of being just the beginning of a bad joke. I know it got fairly decent reviews, but it just wasn't a film I was going to race out and see. Now that it's on DVD, I had the chance to watch it and though it had it's moments, they were not enough to save this plodding, over-the-top, love triangle comedy. Stiller and Norton are great as the rabbi and priest trying to bring their religions into the 21st century. It's the romantic angle I had a problem with. It was as well-written as I think it could be and I liked Jenna Elfman, but I just didn't buy the problems and issues it created, not in the year 2000.
I know there are plenty of families who want their children to marry someone from their own religion, but there are worse things in the world. I thought the secret romance between Stiller and Elfman's characters really brought the film down. I know it's supposed to be a romantic comedy, but it's not what I expected. Norton manages to keep the emotions from getting out of hand and creates somewhat realistic situations. However, I never really believed that these two people would have been attracted to each other. They were both good-looking, smart and fun, but I just didn't see any true chemistry. The scenes where Stiller and Elfman are together are funny, but they were never sexy or romantic. I didn't want to see her get together with Norton either. Stiller and Norton's attraction to Elfman just seemed like a convenient way to test the faith and convictions of the leading men. I know she was supposed to be this magical creature from their past, but she just didn't seem overly special to me, at least not enough to cause so much soul-searching.