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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$7,022,940 (USA) (5 July 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some background shots were removed from the film prior to its release because they showed the World Trade Center. See more »


The coffee mug in Joan's right hand and the position of Joan's arms switch repeatedly between shots when she is talking to Jessica in the office hallway. See more »


Dan Stein: You know, I've been hearing about "the one" for I don't know, like 20 years. I guess I thought it would be a guy.
Jessica: I know, I know, but look, I don't even believe that any more. I don't believe there's just one person. I think there are, like, seven.
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For our parents. See more »


Referenced in Fish Out of Water (2009) See more »


That Could Happen to Us
Written by Chris Farren & Joshua Stevens
Performed by Jill Phillips
Courtesy of Music of Windswept/McGrace Music/1609 Songs (ASCAP)
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Female Woody Allen
10 August 2004 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Ive used 'marinade' as a verb - so I was bound to like this one.

Highly enjoyable, honest, witty and refreshing. As good a movie as gets made these days. Finally a film driven by likable, intelligent characters and their relationships, not guns, explosions and two dimensional stereotypes and plots by (and for) 8 years olds.

KJS has a dash of fantasy from time to time, a cracking sound track, and although I wouldnt have called it a comedy - it's funny when it needs to be. But I think it was the honesty of the writing that I particularly took to - that and the moments that surprise. As many have noted - the scene with the mother on the veranda is a bit special.

If you like Woody Allen then this is one for you. If you look forward to the next Van Diesel effort, then I doubt you will stay beyond the credits...

ps Was the dedication 'For our parents' at the end of the film ironic? Watching this film with your parents could quite possibly be the single most embarrassing experience of your life.....if they are anything like mine that is....

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