Just Looking (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  23 May 2003 (Spain)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
Mrs. Braverman, Lenny's Teacher
Heather Hopwood ...
Alex Sobol ...
Shirl Bernheim ...
Joey Franquinha ...
John Zarkotoli (as Joseph Franquinha)
Chevi Colton ...
Robert Weil ...
Amy Braverman ...


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 May 2003 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Cherry Pink  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,324 (USA) (13 October 2000)


$39,852 (USA) (15 December 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Lenny refers to the comic book "G.I. Joe" when he is almost caught by Heddy when he is hiding in her closet. The "G.I. Joe" character/toy was introduced in 1964 and the related comic book much later. Since the story was set in the 1950s ~(1953-55), Lenny could NOT be reading G.I Joe comics. See more »


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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That's The Way It Goes
Written by Morris Levy, Don Parker, Raoul Cita
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs (BMI)
Performed by The Harptones
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Delightful and Nostalgic Movie About Reaching the Adolescence in the Fifties
23 March 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – 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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