Keep the Change

Synopsis: A New York City romantic comedy, Keep the Change is the unlikely love story of two people who meet in a support group.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Rachel Israel
Production: Kino Lorber
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min


[car horn honking]

[jazz music playing softly]


Oh, my God, look at that.

It's so sad that they all messed

their lives up, those people.

Say, why did

the bum vote for Obama?

You're supposed to say, "Why?"

Okay. Why?

Because he wanted change.


Wow, that's funny, Mr. Cohen.

- Hey, you remember my cousin Matt, the actor?

- Mm-hmm.

Yeah, he's doing

a show on Broadway now

and we're gonna tear up

the town together.


Yeah, he knows some

of the real cool spots,

real underground places,

you know?

[turn signal clicking]

I thought you were gonna

drop me off in the Village.

Mr. Cohen, I told you,

your mom said that I need to make

sure you get into your meeting.


- [hip-hop playing]

- [woman squeals]

[man chattering]

Oh, gosh.

[woman] Hi, everyone.

Welcome to the summer semester

of Connections.

Over here on this table

we've got some clipboards.

That's where you'll register.

If you have any questions

about Lit Club,

you can ask Mar.


Paint and Pottery,

you can ask Annie.

- She knows everything there is about those groups...

- [woman] Excuse me, please.

And if you have any question about

Drama Dreams, we have Sarah and Sammy.

They can tell you anything

you need to know about those.

Would you like to talk

a little bit about Drama Dreams?

- Yes!

- Okay.

- Yes, Dorsey.

- All right, here you go.

Hi, everyone. Welcome.

Drama Dreams is...

is a wonderful,

magnificent opportunity

and way to shine

and do a little mix and match.

And we do a lot of...

a great deal of acting

and improvisation

and spontaneous performances

and... that are so flexible.

You go with the flow.

And it's very unscripted, so...

- [people chattering]

- [classical music playing]


This is such a good prawn.

- [woman 2] Yeah.

- [woman 1] The music's really great.

[woman 3] Yeah.

[man] Because if you saw what

happened with Bernie Madoff

and all the other people

and AIG and Lehman Brothers,

we were kinda like bookies,

or so I found out later on.

- And then, kinda like...

- Wait, who's Bernie Madoff?

He's a man who

ripped off investors.

His initials are B.M.

for a good reason.

Because he is

a human bowel movement.

I know it's your

first time here.

Downstairs, there's,

I think, this juice bar.

They've got this really good

kale shake down there

if you wanna do

a little juicing with me.

[classical music continues]

What is it with the fruity music

in this place?

Do you have a problem

with the music?

Oh no, man.

It's cool, it's cool. I'm good.

Who's the new initiate

and what's wrong with him?

[man] Well, I guess it's just,

you know, sensory overload.

I don't have a problem.

I'm just passing through.

I bet you say that

to all the boys.


I'm not going back there!

Hold on.


I said I'm not going back there!

You want to go

to jail, David?

You want to ruin

your father's life?

Dad, make her stop!

I mean, I know she hates me,

and she just wants me

to roll up and die

and... and wants me jump off

a goddamn roof.

David, give it a rest. Okay?

[Father] It's not therapy.

It's a fruitcake place.

Like the judge said, you

show up, you sign your name,

six weeks later:

Maybe next time,

don't tell pig jokes to a cop.

And what the hell

am I gonna tell Angie?

Who's Angie?

She's the girl that I'm seeing.

I thought her name

was Melinda.

No, that didn't work out

between me and Melinda.

If Angie has a problem

with this,

her mother can give me a call.

Ooh! [grunting]


[snorts] Aah!

- David, please.

- Aah!

Sorry. I can't help it.

I'm trying.

I don't belong there, Mom.

[Mother] I don't like the look

of the people at that place

any better than you do.

But if you don't do this, you

won't be able to leave the state.

No Florida, no beach club.

You'll spend the rest of the year

stuck up here with Aunt Rudy.

Is that what you want?


Just get it over with then

so everything can

go back to normal.

[grunting] Mmm!

Oh, sweetheart.

Come, let's have some fruit.

You go lie down

with some fruit,

maybe a cool bath, your pj's.

[hip-hop playing, faint]

[computer beeps]




Hi. I'm Mar. What's your name?

[man] My name is Sammy.


It's nice to meet you, Sammy.


It's nice to meet you, Mar.

I'm so happy that you are

here in this organization

that my parents

really helped found.

That's so...

And Connections

is a branch of that.


Sorry to cut you off, Sammy.

I have trouble

reading non-verbal cues

'cause of my

vision impairment.

[phone text clicking]

[text beeps]

[Sammy] That's okay, Mar.

I'm always respectful

to people around me.

Their needs and their wishes.

[Mar] That's so cool.

[text beeps]

Mar and Sammy, that was great.

Thank you so much.

- Who wants to go next?

- [gasps]

Sarah. All right.

Who's gonna partner with Sarah?

Andrew, how about you?

Haven't heard

from you much today.


- Hey, David.

- [text beeps]

We're gonna stick

with the same thing.

Friendly conversations with

people who we maybe have just met

or don't know very well.

Does that sound okay?

Yeah, sounds

like a plan.

[Dorsey] All right.

David, sound okay to you?


[Dorsey] Okay. Go for it.

So, David, what would you

like to talk about?

Do you like to speak

about movies, operas,

ballets, Broadway musicals?

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