Keeping the Faith started out for me as a random half-price movie theater experience. But I loved it. More than I thought I would - even though I liked Jenna Elfman (circa Dharma and Greg), Edward Norton, and Ben Stiller. This movie doesn't do a whole lot to break out of the romantic comedy box - but in following the traditional path, it greatly succeeds in doing the romantic comedy "thing" - brings you up - lets you down, and then pieces it all back together. One of the greatest themes in the movie is the differing religions of Ben Stiller (a rabbi) and Edward Norton (a Catholic priest) - but recognizes the similarities in the religions - as well as the differences, and how those effect both men in their seemingly-normal everyday lives.
There are flashbacks and montages that work SO well and enhance the story. A fantastic supporting cast (Ann Bancroft, Eli Wallach, Ron RIfkin, Milos Forman, Holland Taylor and Lisa Edelstein) flesh out the movie and make the characters seem whole.
I know that I am not in a huge club of people who adore this movie - my brother, a movie connoisseur of sorts, thinks this movie is "fine" - but it hits all the right notes with me, and what else would i want a movie to do?
The more I watch this movie, the more I enjoy it. So before you pass it by as another lame romantic comedy, give it a try!