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Beau Jest (2008)

When Sarah Goldman, a lovely young school teacher in Chicago, wants to please her parents, she invents a boyfriend whom she believes will be the man of her mother's dreams. When her parents... See full summary »


James Sherman


James Sherman (play), James Sherman (story and screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Seymour Cassel ... Abe Goldman
Robyn Cohen ... Sarah Goldman
Greg Cromer ... Chris Kringle
Tony Daly Tony Daly ... Bob Schroeder
Tom Drury Tom Drury ... Rabbi
Willie Garson ... Joel Goldman
Kayla Horton Kayla Horton ... Kindergarten Child
Sheila Hunter Sheila Hunter ... Yiddish Temple Singer
Jeff Johnson Jeff Johnson ... Bob's Friend on Phone
Lainie Kazan ... Miriam Goldman
Ashlee LaPine Ashlee LaPine ... Ice Cream Shop Waitress
Laurence Loeb Laurence Loeb ... Cantor
Rosalie Richards Rosalie Richards ... Family Friend at Bar Mitzvah
Stacy Schultz Stacy Schultz ... Sarah's Kindergarten Class Aide
Babata Sonnenberg Babata Sonnenberg ... Mother of Kindergarten Student


When Sarah Goldman, a lovely young school teacher in Chicago, wants to please her parents, she invents a boyfriend whom she believes will be the man of her mother's dreams. When her parents insist on meeting the man, Sarah hires Bob, an actor, to pretend to be her "beau". The masquerade works flawlessly for a time and brings comic situations, but in the end, their lives are irrevocably changed. Written by Prostorm Pictures

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A story about falling in love ..... with a little white lie.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and brief language


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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor a primera mentira See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the Shabbat dinner they bless the bread before the wine. In Judaism wine is always blessed before bread. See more »


Sarah Goldman: We're Jew - ish, we're not that Jewish.
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Don't miss this romantic comedy with an emphasis on the funny
20 July 2008 | by charlesgrippoSee all my reviews

If you like MOONSTRUCK, MY BIG FAT Greek WEDDING, or romantic comedies in general, you'll love BEAU JEST. First time film director James Sherman has done a terrific job adapting his hit play to the screen. Although the story concerns a Jewish family, its theme is universal: the need for adult children to be true to their own feelings and goals vs. their desire to please their parents. At the screening I caught the audience laughed almost constantly at Sherman's razor sharp dialog because it is rooted in truth and character. Sherman never resorts to the easy bodily functions and gross out jokes that make so many other films cheap and predictable. His sparkling cast includes Lainie Kazan, Seymour Cassel, and Willie Garson (of SEX AND THE CITY), who, as Sara's psychotherapist brother, gets one of the biggest belly laughs in the film when he reveals what he tells his patients who blame all their problems on their parents. Robyn Cohen, as Sara, and Tony Daley, as Bob, have wonderful chemistry. Put this one on your "must see" list.

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