->'''Jake''': Let me just say....oy.
->'''Brian''': Amen to your oy.

''Keeping the Faith'' is a 2000 romantic comedy directed by and starring Creator/EdwardNorton and co-starring Jenna Elfman and Creator/BenStiller. His directorial debut, Norton [[{{Dedication}} dedicated the film]] to his late mother, Robin.

Brian Finn and Jacob Schram are at the mercy of a schoolyard bully when Anna Riley arrives to [[GroinAttack stop him]]. The three become inseperable friends, until Anna's father takes a job in California and she moves away. Brian and Jacob stay best friends, grow up and enter into their respective careers: Brian becomes a Catholic priest and Jacob a rabbi. When Anna returns to New York for work and re-connects with her friends, TriangRelations ensue.

A spin of sorts on the 'A priest and a rabbi' jokes.
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!!Examples

* TheBartender: Pauly, who accordingly listens to Brian's story and dispenses advice when he's finished.
* BinocularShot: Anna keeps a pair of binoculars in her office, at first to take a closer look at Manhattan landmarks, and then [[NaughtyBirdwatching to watch the man in the office building across from hers having sex]].
* BlasphemousBoast: Anna says, "I work harder than God. If He had hired me, He would have made the world by Thursday."
* ChekhovsGun: The skyscraper across from Anna's office with the windows that can be looked into becomes important in the climax of the film.
* {{Confessional}}: Brian is seen hearing confessions at his parish, though when he sees Anna in the booth [[spoiler: after he kissed her and she confessed she was in love with Jake]], he balks.
-->'''Brian:''' Excuse me if I say that I don't think I'm the best person to offer objective advice on this particular confession.
* ConvertingForLove: Strongly implied with Anna.
* CoolTeacher: Jake, when he's helping a young member of his congregation learn a Haftarah for his Bar Mitzvah.
* DeletedScene: A couple of scenes did not make the final cut, including one where Brian explains to Anna why Jake's mother is no longer speaking to Ethan, and an extended sequence with the trio visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Anna falls into the mueseum fountain while talking on her cellphone (parts of this scene did make it into the GoodTimesMontage though).
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Brian]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Brian at the beginning of the film
* DyeingForYourArt: Dark-haired Norton went golden blonde to play Brian, noting that he wanted Brian to have [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold 'a halo- a sun-kissed, God-touched kind of thing']].
* EroticDream: Brian has one about Anna.
* ForcefulKiss: [[spoiler: Brian]] does this to Anna, thinking she's about to confess she's in love with him. [[spoiler: She's not.]]
* FunnyForeigner: Don the karaoke machine salesman plays this role initially with Brian and Jake, before dropping the act when they start quizzing him about prices.
* GoodShepherd:
** Brian does charity and community work and is obviously well-loved by his flock.
** Jake is popular with his congregation and helping Brian to set up a joint Jewish-Catholic community centre.
* HotForPreacher: Averted, but see SexyPriest trope below
* HowWeGotHere: 3/4 of the film is Brian recounting to Pauly how he came to end up drinking in his tavern.
* IHaveNoSon: Jake's mom disowns his older brother Ethan after he marries a Catholic girl. Although [[spoiler: it's ultimately revealed that she's at least attempted to reconcile with Ethan, who isn't willing to accept it.]]
* IrishmanAndAJew: Anna describes her, Brian and Jake as 'Two micks and a yid'
* IronicEchoCut: Used after Jake's attempt to liven up his Shabbat service by having the Harlem Gospel Choir perform 'Ein Kelokeinu'
-->'''Jake''': How upset are they?
-->'''Rabbi Lewis''': Let's just say they're less than thrilled.
-->''[Cut to meeting with Larry, the president of the synagogue]''
-->'''Larry''': To be honest we're less than thrilled.
* JewishMother: Jake's mom spends a lot of time harassing Jake about his love life.
* JewsLoveToArgue: A brief flashback shows Jake arguing with his father. Brian's narration implies that the argument is over Jake's decision to become a rabbi instead of entering into the family business. The argument is unheard, save for Jake's closing line:
-->'''Jake''': I don't wanna listen to any of you! ''[[TantrumThrowing (throws down yarmulke and storms off)]]''
* LikeBrotherAndSister: {{Lampshaded}} by Jake when Brian admits he's in love with Anna:
-->'''Jake''': I mean, she's like your sister, Brian, that's-
-->'''Brian''': Yes, thankyou for adding depth to my confusion!
* {{Montages}}: Several.
** There's a GoodTimesMontage showing Brian, Jake and Anna hanging out together. Overlaps as a FallingInLoveMontage, as it also covers [[spoiler: Jake]] and Anna falling in love.
** Then there's the DrunkenMontage when Brian wanders the streets drinking....
** ....and this is followed by a SadTimesMontage since the trio are now separated/not speaking to each other.
* [[NiceJewishBoy Nice Jewish Girl]]: Jake is under pressure from his mother and his synagogue to find a Jewish wife. TruthInTelevision, as Judaism is passed down the generations through matrilineal descent. Jake's brother Ethan is disowned by his mother because he married a non-Jew.
* PowerWalk: Brian and Jake, to Carlos Santana's 'Smooth'. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOBZpm6DAoc See it for yourself.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: Rachel Rose is this for Jake- although their double date with Brian and Anna goes reasonably well, it becomes clear that [[FirstGirlWins Jake is far more attracted to Anna]], and after dropping Rachel back at her place, he goes straight to Anna's apartment and a SexyDiscretionShot ensues.]]
* SceneryPorn: The entire film is a loving look at UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
* SecretRelationship: Anna and [[spoiler: Jake]]
* SexyPriest: {{Lampshaded}} by Anna in a conversation with Brian:
--> '''Anna''': I've seen the way women look at you, even though they know you're a priest - especially when they know you're a priest!
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Brian and Jake's reaction when they meet Anna coming off the plane.
* TriangRelations: Of the Type 4 variety, where Anna is in a secret relationship with [[spoiler: Jake]] and [[spoiler: Brian]] is in love with her and unaware of the relationship.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Anna to [[spoiler: Jake]]
* ObliquelyObfuscatedOccupation: The audience never exactly knows what Anna's job is, other than that it's in business or management. Brian describes it as 'analysing synergies or synergising analogies'
* {{Workaholic}}: Anna, and how! She carries her cellphone with her everywhere and has it [[FetishFuel strapped to her thigh]] when she's on a date.