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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  21 June 2002 (UK)
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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:
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Judy Stein
Esther Wurmfeld ...
Grandma Esther
Hillel Friedman ...
Rabbi
Ben Feldman ...
Himself
Robert Ari ...
Sidney Stein
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Rachel - Dan's Fiancée
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Larry
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Peter
Nick Corley ...
Howard
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Joan
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Chuck
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Josh Meyers
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Malaprops Guy
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Seeking Same  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£102,234 (UK) (21 June 2002)

Gross:

£421,895 (UK) (12 July 2002)
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Trivia

Many "extras" in the film were people who just happened to be walking by the cameras during filming in New York City. See more »

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In the first kiss scene on the street, Jessica's sweater moves up and down her left arm between elbow and shoulder between shots (we do not see her move the sweater). See more »

Quotes

Jessica: Wait a second. Are you saying my life has no value?
Helen: No! I am saying that maybe, underneath all the neurosis, you have a profound capacity for happiness that your're not allowing to exist.
Jessica: How do you know? You just met me.
Helen: You can't possible know who you are or how you'll respond to something until you try it.
Jessica: I happen to disagree. I happen to think that if you know yourself well, you can gauge how you're gonna react to something. And I pretty much assure you that I will never be made happy by ...
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References Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) See more »

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I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby
Written & Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of Unichappell Music (BMI), Supersound Unlimited (BMI), Sa-Vette Music (BMI) and Polygram Records
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A Risky Plot That Plays Beautifully-A Glorious Winner

The mantra of the successful and single career woman in New York City, and undoubtedly elsewhere, seems to have evolved to "All the good men are either married or gay." But still, through singles ads and avocation-based meeting places and just hope they persevere. Few decide that answering an ad in The Village Voice placed by a lesbian or bisexual woman is an antidote to the scarce-available-man dilemma.

That's just what copy editor and hopeful painter "Jessica" (Jennifer Westfeldt) does in "Kissing Jessica Stein" leading to an awkward first encounter, then a close friendship and ultimately an intimate relationship with a stunning, smart and funny art gallery manager, "Helen" (Heather Jurgenson). The film tracks their relationships with each other and with the people in their lives - family, friends, co-workers.

The story could easily have sunk to the level of a zany, fluffy, sex comedy or, perhaps, strived to be a "message" drama. It does neither. What makes it wonderful is that all the characters have whole lives which they live in confusion and compassion, pathos and passion. Superficially, they are familiar Manhattan, affluent stereotypes. In reality, they have all the longings and frailties - and strengths - of people everywhere. The character development is real and affecting without being cloy, cynicism is at a minimum. Helen and Jessica haven't stepped out of a Woody Allen take on Manhattan life.

Is Jessica really coming out for life as a lesbian or is she trolling in unfamiliar waters out of desperation for a friendship that includes intimacy? Has Helen given up myriad lovers of both sexes to settle into a domesticated gay relationship? Are the answers there? Should they be?

If a Lifetime Achievement Oscar for portraying the Jewish mother-in-law is ever awarded Tovah Feldshuh will get it. In this film she hovers dangerously close to a familiar caricature while projecting a warmth and wisdom deeper than the conventional portrait of the hectoring, always worried Jewish mom. The opening scene at a Day of Atonement synagogue service is priceless.

"Kissing Jessica Stein" is an Indie production based on the two leading actresses' collaboration in writing "Lipstick," their 1997 play. These are two very smart and insightful women: I hope more comes from their fertile and caring understanding of human, not just female but human, needs.

This film is very New York with scenes from a number of neighborhoods. I have mixed feelings about the post-11 September premiere decision to delete shots of the World Trade Center and replace them with the midtown skyline. A reviewer noted that audiences at the premiere were distracted by the WTC-dominated panoramas.

In a largely full theater with a number of clearly lesbian couples along with many more single people and (probably) heterosexual couples it was really nice to be part of an audience that burst into frequent laughter not based on sexual orientation but rather together as people enjoying a really clever, funny-and-serious, good film.


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