Lenny Rubins, (Timotyhy Spall) an up-tight lawyer, has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother (honour Blackman) emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes his grown up children are certainly not from the same planet: a survival-of-the-fittest, hard-nosed capitalist (James Callis), an outspoken, argumentative eco-warrior (Rhone Mitra), an outer-wordy Buddhist Monk, and to cap it all, a bible born-again Rabbi. They might not see eye to eye, quarrel and fight, but they are still family and it is going to take a whole lot of soul searching and sacrifice for all involved to come together in this heart-warming, family comedy.
An aging man (Timothy Spall) is on the brink of realizing his dreams to travel after his retirement, when his mother demands he brings the entire family together for Passover as she fears it will be her last.
Things are not as straightforward as they sound however, as the Rubin family are as dysfunctional and distant as you could find in the movie world.
Also staring Honor Blackman and James Callis Reuniting the Rubins is a pleasant, if what slightly stereotypical look at the Jewish family dynamic, including many of the most cringe-worthy derogatory Jewish one liners that haven’t seen light for forty years.
The film isn’t at all anti-Semitic it just plays to a far few of the stereotypes simply for the comic value of it. And it is funny in places, not laugh out loud funny, but there’s enough almost slapstick and awkward Woody Allen-esque moments to accurately class this as a comedy.
The performances are of a high quality, as you would expect from this handful of under rated British names, but even Tim Spall couldn’t really breathe life into this rather predictable and unimaginative movie.
There was very little about Reuniting the Rubins that was particularly fresh or memorable, it was perfectly enjoyable and at the same time totally bland and forgettable.
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Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children