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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.

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Cast

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
Christopher Berger ...
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

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

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,022,940 (USA) (5 July 2002)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Sussman, who went on to play Stu, the Comic Store Owner in Big Bang Theory, has a small role in this film. See more »

Goofs

Some shots during the wedding (when Jessica and Josh are up on the roof) are flipped (the text on a sign on the wall is reversed and the text on a sign on the inside of the door is also reversed). See more »

Quotes

Jessica: Or-Or smart, but funny in a totally unappealing way. You know? Just like funny/stupid, or funny/dopey, but not funny/witty or funny/ironic or funny/goofy, you know? Or-Or they seem smart, and then you realize that they aren't at all. And that's funny, but funny/tragic.
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For our parents. See more »

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References Meet the Parents (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Written by Don Redman & Andy Razaf
Performed by Matt Rollings with Lyle Lovett
Razaf Music and Michael J. Goldsen Music Inc.
Matt Rollings appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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Brilliant Acting, Sharp Writing, Funny and Touching
22 April 2001 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

This film had something for everyone: a loving view into a Jewish family, including religious practices we rarely get to see on screen; a relationship between two women who are trying to find the right someone who "gets" them; and having the courage to go after the things you want the most. Scott Cohen is gorgeous and appealing as Josh Meyer, Jessica Stein's boss, ex-boyfriend and friend of her brother. He convincingly moves from bitter and judgmental through his own emotional journey when he sees Jessica summon the courage to be happy and seek her dreams. He sings beautifully in Hebrew, too!

Tovah Feldshuh was brilliant and touching as the Jewish mother with a true understanding of her daughter. No caricature here: she has one of the most touching scenes in the entire film. Jackie Hoffman was fun and funny as Jessica's best friend and coworker Joan, who lives vicariously through Jessica and Helen's adventures.

Jennifer Westfeldt (Jessica Stein) and Heather Juergensen (Helen Cooper) wrote, produced and starred in this wonderful, touching, funny view of single life in New York today. In fact, New York itself was a character in this film, providing both opportunities and barriers to the relationships among the characters. I highly recommend it!


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