Jewish Film Series Presents "Keep the Change" | Congregation Beth Am

Jewish Film Series Presents Keep the Change

In English; with closed captioning

Rated “100% fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, Keep the Change is a refreshing romantic comedy, following the unexpected romance of two people who meet at a “social program” at the local JCC. When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter) and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporter writes of Rachel Israel’s debut film, that it “holds appeal for [all] of us... — moviegoers who don't see many characters with autism onscreen, and even more rarely see them presented as unmanipulatively as they are here.” Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.

This film is free; refreshments will be served.

This film has English closed captioning.

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