When Do We Eat? (Salvador Litvak). 86 minutes. Opens Friday (May 5). For venues and times, see Movies, page 105. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
This film comes a bit late - Passover ended a couple of weeks ago - but there's never a bad time to see a family more dysfunctional than your own. The Stuckmans include a perfectionist mom ( Lesley Ann Warren ); Dad, who runs a Christmas ornament business ( Michael Lerner ); stoner son Zeke ( Ben Feldman ); daughters Nikki ( Shiri Appleby ), a caring sex surrogate, and Jenny ( Meredith Scott Lynn ), the bitter lesbian; businessman turned pseudo-Hassid Ethan ( Max Greenfield ); idiot savant Lionel ( Adam Lamberg ); and Holocaust-obsessed grandpa Artur ( Jack Klugman ). Joining the immediate group is Jenny's lover ( Cynda Williams ), tent guy and possible mom paramour Rafi ( Mark Ivanir ) and hot cousin Vanessa ( Mili Avital ). Like any good Jewish family, they've got issues heavier than a matzoh ball, but when Zeke decides to give Dad ecstasy, a lot more than four questions are going to be asked and answered.
There's a grain of truth to the caricatures, and thanks to strong performances, even when silly or clichéd, they never fail to amuse. You decide what's funnier: Dad tripping and hallucinating that he's Moses, or everybody's long-held issues being resolved at one crazy, trippy Passover seder.