GenreBiography, Comedy, Drama Music directorJoby Talbot LanguageEnglish
WriterBridget OConnor, Peter Straughan Release date3 November 2006 (2006-11-03) (UK)
1 August 2008 (2008-08-01) (U.S.) CastGregg Sulkin (Bernie Reubens), Catherine Tate (Aunt Lila), Peter Serafinowicz (Uncle Jimmy), Helena Bonham Carter (Esther Rubens), Eddie Marsan (Manny Rubens), Jason Watkins (Mr. Spender) Similar moviesPitch Perfect 2, The Last Witch Hunter, Captain America: The First Avenger, Jupiter Ascending, The Avengers, The Matrix
Sixty Six is a 2006 British biographical-comedy-drama film about a bar mitzvah which takes place in London on the day of the 1966 world cup final based on the true life bar mitzvah of director Paul Weiland.
Bernie Reubens (Gregg Sulkin), a young Jewish boy, is about to have his bar mitzvah. Initially, he meticulously plans a lavish reception to upstage that of his older brother Alvie (Ben Newton), but as the family's finances lurch from one disaster to another, the family is forced to lower Bernie's expectations and stage the bar mitzvah reception at home in North London. When England reaches the 1966 football World Cup Final, most of the guests make excuses not to come to the reception so that they can watch the game. In the end Bernie's father saves the day by driving Bernie to watch the end of the match.
Gregg Sulkin as Bernie Reubens
Helena Bonham Carter as Esther Reubens
Eddie Marsan as Immanuel "Manny" Reubens
Ben Newton as Alvie Reubens
Elliot Cukier as Young Alvie Reubens (uncredited)
Thomas Drewson as Terry Shivers
Peter Serafinowicz as Uncle Jimmy / Mr. Reubens, Sr. / Football Commentator
Stephen Grief as Uncle Henry
Catherine Tate as Aunt Lila
Stephen Rea as Dr. Barrie
Geraldine Somerville as Alice Barrie
Maria Charles as Mrs Glitzman
Maximilian Law as Narrator (uncredited)
The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 64%, based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Likable but overly sentimental, Sixty Six has snatches of sharp dialogue but is ultimately too predicable." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 57 out of 100, based on 11 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, saying "Although the subject might sound specialized, the picture is engineered with such skill that it transcends the ethnic details to become a universal story of a boy trying to find his place in an inhospitable world." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times reviewed the film as being "enlightened by Bernie's impassioned narration and by a gallery of small comic details." The New York Times described the film as "A dolorous comedy that leans heavily, if inoffensively, on ethnic stereotypes."