Lifelong best friends Stacy (Sunny Sandler) and Lydia (Samantha Lorraine) have long dreamt of epic bat mitzvahs but when popular boy Andy Goldfarb (Dylan Hoffman) and Hebrew school drama come between them, their perfect plans go comically awry. Directed by Sammi Cohen, produced by Happy Madison and Alloy Entertainment, and also starring Idina Menzel, Sadie Sandler, Sarah Sherman, Luis Guzmán, and Jackie & Adam Sandler, You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah chronicles the high comedy and modern teen angst that comes with family, friendship, and first crushes.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. comments, “I really enjoyed watching You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah and felt very connected with it for so many reasons. I definitely feel that, regardless of one’s religious beliefs you can find a way to relate to this film, which I especially love. The story is very well written and I love the way this film was shot.” See her full review below.
You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah
By Zoë C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 14
I really enjoyed watching You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah and felt very connected with it for so many reasons. I definitely feel that, regardless of one’s religious beliefs you can find a way to relate to this film, which I especially love. The story is very well written and I love the way this film was shot.
The storyline is about a 12-year-old girl, Stacy, who has been planning her bat mitzvah since she is turning 13. So was her best friend Lydia and they both planned on helping each other for their big day which meant everything for them. Stacy has a big crush on Andy, a boy who goes to the girls’ school. But things take a turn when boys start interfering with the girls’ personal lives and friendship.
I strongly believe this film is very relatable for many viewers, especially teens. I saw myself experiencing many things that are similar to what Stacy and Lydia deal with in this film. The script is very influenced by Gen Z in the best way possible. The dialogue feels very natural and not at all forced. One of my biggest pet peeves with teen films is when the dialogue tries to sound like a “cool teen” might, when in reality it comes off as cheesy. The entire film feels very natural to me in that it doesn’t feel like a cliché high school style of film. I really like the score of this film, the overall acting, and the script — all of that combined really captivated me.
Kudos to director Sammi Cohen whose direction is very on the ball with this film. Sunny Sandler’s portrayal of Stacy is so relatable; I love Sunny’s acting style. Samantha Lorraine’s characterization of Lydia works so well with showing her friendship with Sunny – it feels like they’ve been best friends for years. I also loved Sadie Sandler’s portrayal of Ronnie, Stacy’s older sister. Her character is so uniquely different from Stacy; I love the dynamic between them and the contrast of their characters. Dylan Hoffman’s Andy is the perfect representation of teenage boys nowadays which Dylan executes so well. Last, Sarah Sherman’s portrayal of Rabbi Rebecca really stands out — she is one of my favorite characters because of her distinctive characterization. Although I am not Jewish, that didn’t interfere with how I connected with this film in the slightest.
I think the message of this film is that even when one’s intentions aren’t bad you can still hurt someone else.
I give You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It is available on Netflix beginning August 25, 2023.