We are introduced to Joey Miller (Dore) a broke father working as an MC or deejay in the Detroit area, specializing in weddings and Bar Mitzvah. His daughter is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, something he’s looking forward to having a hand in deejaying, when an accident occurs; blowing up a wedding celebration. All of his gear, his lighting and sound equipment, is destroyed beyond repair. He finds out that it’s going to cost him $20,000 to get things rolling again, a sum a little high for him to handle. Now entering the fun is our antagonist, the ex-wife’s new horse buying husband, Harris, who Joey now has to compete with for the love of his own flesh and blood. With all of the money he’s losing, as well as his reputation with his daughter being on the line, Joey finds nowhere to turn for help but to his horrible uncle Morty (Paymer). Hitting rock bottom, he decides to aid Morty who has been alienated from his eighty-five year old mother Rose’s life for being a weasel. Rose is played by the talented Lynn Cohen from “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Munich” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to name a few, and her extraordinarily priceless, unique and well guarded pickle recipe so something Mort has been trying to get his hands on for a long time. Morty wants Joey to steal it for their own personal gain before she takes it to the grave with her as it would do no one any good if she passes without passing it along. Question is, can Joey “obtain” this recipe for his uncle from his own grandmother?
The attempt to pull at your heart strings feels contrived and though there are some strong performances, it simply doesn’t work.
Most of the individual actors are good, especially Cohen. The concept is charming and Rose is sweet… she’s cranky and she’s lovable at the same time, but the story is ridiculous and late night television entertainment at best. I’m sure what was a small budget didn’t help the production value and without mass appeal and with no real audience this will fall into obscurity. A scene teaching someone how to be Jewish was the real low point and with Morty suggesting Rose be water boarded to get the recipe, that’s hard to say but it truly was. There is some appeal found when her recipe is trying to be duplicated but not enough to suggest this is a film you must see. The attempt to pull at your heart strings feels contrived and though there are some strong performances, it simply doesn’t work.