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Just Looking (1999)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 23 May 2003 (Spain)
It's 1955 and curious 14-year-old Bronx kid Lenny has a mission for his summer: to witness two adults in the midst of an "act of love." When his mother sends him to Queens to stay with his ... See full summary »

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Marcell Rosenblatt ...
Mrs. Edelberg
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Sylvia Levine Polinsky
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Mrs. Braverman, Lenny's Teacher
Heather Hopwood ...
Myrna
Alex Sobol ...
Marty
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Norma De Lorenzo
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Phil De Lorenzo
Shirl Bernheim ...
Mrs. Glantz
Joey Franquinha ...
John Zarkotoli (as Joseph Franquinha)
Chevi Colton ...
Mrs. Crescetelli
Robert Weil ...
Guido
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Hedy Coletti
Amy Braverman ...
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It's 1955 and curious 14-year-old Bronx kid Lenny has a mission for his summer: to witness two adults in the midst of an "act of love." When his mother sends him to Queens to stay with his pregnant aunt and uncle, Lenny thinks his plan is doomed, until he meets his gorgeous adult neighbor Hedy and hooks up with some like-minded neighborhood kids. Soon, Lenny is learning more than he ever expected about life, love and growing up. Written by Anonymous

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A voyeuristic coming-of-age comedy.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Cherry Pink  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,324, 15 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,852, 17 December 2000
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The original title of the movie was supposed to be "Cherry Pink", based on the song of the same name. However, when the producers wanted to buy the right to incorporate the song into the movie, they found that the price was too high. Thus the name and the song were dropped. See more »

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In the last scene of the movie Lenny gets into a car with bandages on his hands, but the bandages are missing during close-ups of his hands holding a framed photograph. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: In the "sex club" we only talk about sex, we don't actual do it.
Lenny: That's okay I would not want to get anyone pregnant.
Alice: Oh you don't have to worry about that Barbara can't get pregnant, she has not started her period yet.
Barbara: Hey.
Lenny: What?
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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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That's The Way Emily
Written by Kenny Vance and Phillip Namanworth
Published by Red Giant, inc. (ASCAP), Teshuvah Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Bronx Flash Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Delightful and Nostalgic Movie About Reaching the Adolescence in the Fifties
23 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

In the 50s, in Bronx, Lenny Levine (Ryan Merriman) is a Jewish teenager trying to discover sex, being quite obsessed by sex in a naive way. He does not like his stepfather and misses his father, who died a couple of years ago. After trying to see his stepfather having sex with his mother Sylvia Levine Polinsky (Patti LuPone), he is sent to Brooklyn to spend his summer vacation with his pregnant aunt Norma de Lorenzo (Ilana Levine) and his Italian uncle Phil de Lorenzo (Peter Onorati). He likes his uncle Phil and becomes friend of a boy and two girls of his age, who have a "sex club", and Alice, the most experienced of the group, explains subjects related to sex to the others. Later, Lenny has a crush on the nurse Hedy Coletti (Gretchen Mol), a former model. Along his vacation, the reality about the relationship of his father and his mother is disclosed to Lenny, while he learns many topics about sex, reaching the adolescence. "Just Looking" was a great surprise for me: the ridiculous Brazilian title ("The Indiscreet Lens") hides a delightful and nostalgic movie about reaching the adolescence in the 50s. In some moments, it slightly recalls the classic "Summer of 42". It is impossible not liking "Just Looking", which is sensitive, funny, with a magnificent screenplay and dialogs and excellent direction and performance of the cast. Indeed, it is a must-see movie, recommended for any audience. Gretchen Mol is amazingly beautiful in the role of Hedy, and Ryan Merriman and Amy Braverman are excellent in the roles of curious teenagers. I saw this movie on VHS, but today I am going to buy the DVD. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Lente Indiscreta" ("The Indiscreet Lens")


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