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September 24, 2012

Netflix Pick of the Week: Sixty-Six

by Mariah Schaefer

Information:

  • British Independent Comedy
  • Released 2006
  • 93 minutes
  • PG-13

Directed By:

  • Paul Weiland

Starring:

  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Gregg Sulkin
  • Matt Bardock
  • Alex Black

This movie is very relatable to people that at one point have tried their hardest to make everything perfect, yet nothing went according to their plans. Sixty-Six is about a twelve year old boy named Bernie Rubens (Gregg Sulkin) who dedicates himself to planning what he’d hoped to be the best bar mitzvah London would ever see in 1966. His older brother had a fantastic party, so Bernie feels obligated to surpass all expectations when it comes to his own bar mitzvah.

Unfortunately, the Rubens family is having a hard time financially. Manny (Eddie Marsan) and Jimmy Rubens (Peter Serafinowicz) own the family grocery store that used to be their father’s. Manny’s wife (Helena Bonham Carter) convinces them to sell the shop after a new supermarket near the grocery store nearly puts them out of business. Money is tight, so the bar mitzvah can’t be too grandiose anymore. Bernie is devastated when he finds out that they can’t afford to have a lot of people at his special event, but it gets worse. The bar mitzvah is scheduled to be on July 30th, 1966. The only problem with that date is that it’s the World Cup Final. No one plans to go to Bernie’s bar mitzvah if their beloved country gets to the finals. In the end, the chances of the party succeeding merely depend on England’s chances of succeeding in the immensely anticipated World Cup of 1966.

Watch the movie here.

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