Movie Review: You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023) on Netflix

Synopsis: In You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, Stacy and Lydia are BFFs who’ve always dreamed about having epic Bat Mitzvahs. However, things start to go comically awry when a popular boy and middle school drama threatens their friendship and their rite of passage.

The Cast 

  • Idina Menzel: Bree Friedman
  • Jackie Sandler: Gabi Rodriguez Katz
  • Adam Sandler: Danny Friedman
  • Sadie Sandler: Ronnie Friedman
  • Sunny Sandler: Stacy Friedman
  • Samantha Lorraine: Lydia Rodriguez Katz
  • Dylan Hoffman: Andy Goldfarb
  • Sarah Sherman: Rabbi Rebecca
  • Dan Bulla: Cantor Jerry
  • Ido Mosseri: DJ Schmuley

The Crew

  • Director – Sammi Cohen
  • Writers – Alison Peck, Fiona Rosenbloom

You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah

The Review: Is “You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” Good?

Adam Sandler is mostly known for slapstick comedy, but this is a different kind of movie – one focused on pre-teens, a coming-of-age movie. The movie features the whole family, and they did not do too badly.

The movie centers on the Jewish tradition of Bar Mitzvah; a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a coming-of-age ceremony for Jewish boys and girls when they reach the age of 12 or 13. This ceremony marks the time when a boy or girl becomes a Jewish adult. This means that they are now responsible for their own actions and can decide for themselves how they would like to practice Judaism. However, this movie features the Americanized version of this tradition in which a large party is added at the end of it. 

Susan and Lydia had been planning their Bat Mitzvah since they could talk, as best friends, but their mutual crush on a boy almost destroyed their friendship, and their planned parties. As it is usual in romantic comedies, their love eventually triumphs, and they treat us to a great celebration.

You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah is completely led by the pre-teen cast, while the adults play a supporting role. Adam Sandler, usually known to take the lead in his movies, played a second fiddle to his real-life daughter and let her shine.

This is not a fantastic movie or a film that you want to watch all the time, but it is good for passing the time with and getting some laughs. Some jokes lean towards the adult end, but they are the kind of jokes that you would expect from teenagers and pre-teens.

NollyRated Score

Score: 3/5 (Okay Movie)

NollyRated uses a 5-level scoring system, as follows:

  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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