Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  5 April 2002 (USA)
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A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Stein
Esther Wurmfeld ...
Grandma Esther
Hillel Friedman ...
Ben Feldman ...
Robert Ari ...
Sidney Stein
Rachel - Dan's Fiancée
Nick Corley ...
Josh Meyers
Christopher Berger ...
Malaprops Guy


Jessica Stein is a single, straight, successful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City, who finds herself not as straight as she thought when Jessica meets and begins an intense friendship with career woman Helen Cooper which ultimately leads to romance. Written by Anonymous

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When it comes to love, sometimes she just can't think straight.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seeking Same  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$346,999 (USA) (15 March 2002)


£421,895 (UK) (12 July 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Future Broadway and Disney megastar Idina Menzel (RENT, Wicked, Frozen) has a small role in this movie. See more »


The oranges disappear from Helen's hands at the fruit stand. See more »


Jessica: [telling Helen why her relationship with Larry didn't work out] He just wasn't funny, you know? That's always been my problem, I think. Not smart or not funny. Or not smart and not funny. Or smart, but in a totally unappealing way like funny stupid or funny dopy, rather than funny witty, or funny irony or funny goofy. Or, you think they're smart- and then you realize that they're not- and that's funny. But funny tragic. And then, if you're lucky enough to find someone who's the right kind of ...
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For our parents. See more »


References Twilight: Los Angeles (2000) See more »


Written by Danny Baker
Courtesy of Two Music Library (BMI), First Digital Music (BMI) and FirstCom Music Library.
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Elegant Hoydens
18 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are so few lesbian genre films "OUT" there. And for those lesbian genre films that do exist most have characters that are either disturbed psychopaths (my favorite- Heavenly Creatures) or cardboard cutout prototypes that have no place in my world. As result, unfortunately most lesbians are starved for good lesbian genre films. The best lesbian roles have usually been played out in supporting role characters within the main stream. To appease the appetite, `gaydar' commands an ever watchful eye to find those precious tidbits.

However, thank heavens for the charming wit and refreshingly real characters in "Kissing Jessica Stein". "Kissing Jessica Stein" goes beyond the stereotypical to explore individual characters for who they are and what they are going through in their lives. The film is a positive reinforcement on the value of relationships to an individual's personal growth and spiritual evolution.

"Kissing Jessica Stein" is a highly intelligent romantic comedy that goes deep to explore emotional relationships: Not only between Jessica and Helen but also between Jessica and her Mother, Jessica and Josh, other co-workers and all of their friends. The film highlights the importance of discovering yourself and of letting those that love and care about you know who and what makes you happy. Ultimately anyone that truly loves you wants you to be happy. Jessica and Helen's continued deep friendship after their breakup is testament to this. Jessica's painting, Josh's true love for writing and Helen's continued enjoyment of a lesbian sexual relationship is also testament.

All is true to the spiritual core of the writers intent. There is no definitive end to ongoing life. The writers cleverly leave us to "marinate" within our own imaginations.

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