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Writers (WGA):
Heather Juergensen (written by) &
Jennifer Westfeldt (written by)
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Release Date:
5 April 2002 (USA) See more »
When it comes to love, sometimes she just can't think straight.
A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Jennifer Westfeldt ... Jessica Stein

Tovah Feldshuh ... Judy Stein
Esther Wurmfeld ... Grandma Esther
Hillel Friedman ... Rabbi
Ben Feldman ... Himself
Robert Ari ... Sidney Stein

David Aaron Baker ... Dan Stein

Jennifer Carta ... Rachel - Dan's Fiancée

Ben Weber ... Larry

Brian Stepanek ... Peter
Nick Corley ... Howard

Jackie Hoffman ... Joan

John Cariani ... Chuck

Scott Cohen ... Josh Meyers
Christopher Berger ... Malaprops Guy
Hayden Adams ... Weird Smooth Guy

Kevin Sussman ... Calculator Guy

Jim J. Bullock ... Not-Yet-Out Gay Guy

Heather Juergensen ... Helen Cooper

Alysia Reiner ... Schuller Gallery Artist

Carson Elrod ... Sebastian

Michael Mastro ... Martin

Tibor Feldman ... Roland

Michael Showalter ... Stephen

Michael Ealy ... Greg

Naomi Scott ... Seductive Woman at Gallery (as Naomi Sablan)

Jon Hamm ... Charles
Allen Fitzpatrick ... Matthew

Julie Lauren ... Josh's Date

Jimmy Palumbo ... Cheesy Pick-up Guy #1
Thomas L. Bolster ... Cheesy Pick-up Guy #2 (as Thomas Bolster)
Vinny Vella ... Cab Driver (as Vinnie Vella)
Peter Hirsch ... Stanley

Idina Menzel ... Bridesmaid
Adele Reichman ... Grandma Interrogating Helen

Amy Wilson ... Bookstore Saleswoman

Ilana Levine ... Helen's New Girlfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dalit Berkowitz ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld 
Writing credits
Heather Juergensen (written by) &
Jennifer Westfeldt (written by)

Produced by
Eduardo Braniff .... associate producer
Steven Firestone .... associate producer
Matt Janes .... line producer
Heather Juergensen .... co-producer
Doug Liman .... associate producer
Mark Pincus .... associate producer
Kaye Popofsky .... associate producer
Jennifer Westfeldt .... co-producer
Eden Wurmfeld .... producer (as Eden H. Wurmfeld)
Brad Zions .... producer
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
Cinematography by
Lawrence Sher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kristy Jacobs Maslin 
Greg Tillman  (as Gregory Tillman)
Casting by
Susie Farris 
Production Design by
Charlotte Bourke 
Art Direction by
Tema L. Staig  (as Tema Levine)
Costume Design by
Melissa Bruning 
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... assistant hair stylist
Fiona Distefano .... assistant makeup artist
Sheri Kornhaber .... key makeup artist
Stephani Resnick .... key hair stylist
Stephani Resnick .... makeup artist: Jennifer Westfeldt
Production Management
Naomi Scott .... unit manager (as Naomi Sablan)
Heidi Tannenbaum .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stewart Griffin .... second assistant director
Jeff Huston .... first assistant director
T. Scott Keiner .... first assistant director: second unit (as Scott Keiner)
James Mastracco .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Larry Chen .... swing
Jim Cook .... art assistant
Joanna Da Toca .... artist: Schuller gallery work
Joanna Da Toca .... assistant art director
Natalie Dierckx .... art director: second unit
Chloe Garcia-Roberts .... art assistant
Mary Hawkins .... graphic designer
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... supervising graphic artist
Nini Than .... prop master
Anthony Titus .... paintings: Jessica
David Tonn .... prop assistant
Suzanne Wang .... off-set decorator
Treva Wurmfeld .... first look show paintings
Donald "DAY" Kornegay .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gerald Donlan .... sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... re-recording mixer
Seth Granger .... boom operator
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Angela Organ .... assistant sound editor
Mike Poppleton .... assistant sound editor (as Michael G. Poppleton)
Theresa Radka .... sound mixer
Jacob Ribicoff .... supervising sound editor
Griffin Richardson .... boom operator
Alan B. Samuels .... sound: second unit (as Alan Samuels)
Daniel Ward .... first assistant sound editor (as Dan Ward)
Phillip Fuller .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Michael Marinelli .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Marinelli .... sound editor (uncredited)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ramon Ferro .... optical camera
Louis Goold .... optical layout (as Lou Goold)
Simon Lund .... optical layout
Janos Pilenyi .... opticals supervisor
Adam Wangerin .... optical camera
Kevin McVey .... digital effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Heath Allen .... additional electrician
Antonio Anguilar .... key grip: second unit
Madison Bellanger .... second assistant camera: second unit
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator
Chris Clarke .... best boy
Chad Cohlmia .... best boy electric
Caswell Cooke .... key grip
Julie Donovan .... first assistant camera
Anna Gilpatrick .... additional electrician
Bryan G. Haigh .... second assistant camera
David Irwin .... gaffer
Milly Itzhak .... camera loader (as Milli Itzhak)
Stu Kaufman .... best boy electric
Seth Kotok .... first assistant camera: second unit
Dan Kubicek .... grip
Evin Lowe .... additional electrician
Syd Ross .... grip: second unit
Nick Theodorakis .... camera loader
Perry Unjang .... additional grip
Andy Westbrook .... grip
Hope Wurmfeld .... still photographer
Stuart Kaufman .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Matt Schuman .... electrician (uncredited)
L. Andrew Sigler .... grip (uncredited)
Justin Whittaker .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Galvelis .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jason Ensler .... additional editor
Danny Hack .... color timer
Julie O'Grady .... negative cutter
Tina Pacheco .... assistant editor
Nate Taylor .... additional editor
Nate Taylor .... assistant editor
Douglas Weiner .... assistant editor (as Doug Weiner)
Blaine Hope .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Lori Machens .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Alexander Serpico .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Todd Hunter .... assistant location manager
William P. Nance .... location manager
Connie Perelson .... location manager: Guilford
Jonathan Schroder .... location scout (as Jon Schroder)
A.J. Khan .... location translator (uncredited)
Joseph Taylor .... additional location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Matthew Abbott .... music supervisor
Jim Black .... music supervisor
David Cerrutti .... musician: viola
Gilad .... musician: percussion
Dorothy Lawson .... musician: cello
Romero Lubambo .... musician: guitar
Mary Rowell .... musician: violin
Marcelo Zarvos .... musician: piano
Other crew
Moran Banai .... office production assistant
Mark L. Beigelman .... production legal services
Tarra Marie Bercegeay .... production assistant: first team
Renee Michelle Brown .... craft service (as Renee Brown)
Juan Bryan .... teamster
Eileen Burke .... office production assistant
Dana Castro .... production coordinator: second unit
Jason Chaet .... creative consultant
Aristotle Dreher .... key production assistant
Kate Drennen .... script supervisor
Jason Ensler .... creative consultant
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Beth Irizarry .... production assistant
Wes Jones .... office production assistant
Daniel Leavy .... set production assistant
Glenn McQuaid .... title designer
Keefe Murren .... set production assistant
Derek Pastures .... parking coordinator
Laurie Touma .... set production assistant
Marie Turkot .... production assistant
Kevin Vargas .... accountant
Dalit Berkowitz .... thanks
Thomas L. Bolster .... special thanks
Christina Cabot .... special thanks
Chip Cooper .... special thanks
Ted Field .... special thanks
Jon Hamm .... special thanks
Alec Holland .... special thanks
Erica Huggins .... special thanks
Shirley Juergensen .... special thanks
Scott Kroopf .... special thanks
Julie Lauren .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... thanks
Connie Perelson .... special thanks
Michael Perelson .... special thanks
Elinor Reed .... special thanks
Saul Rubinek .... special thanks
George Sheanshang .... special thanks
Daniel Sollinger .... special thanks
Matthias Visser .... special thanks
Hope Wurmfeld .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexual content and language
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Small screen '80s celebrity Jim J. Bullock, from Too Close For Comfort and Hollywood Squares, has a small role in this film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the opening credits, when Jessica is pouring sugar into her coffee from a yellow box, the Domino brand name on the front of the box is covered with white paper, but you can still clearly see the Domino brand on both the bottom and the side of the box.See more »
Helen:Harvey Keitel. He's very sexy-ugly.See more »
Movie Connections:
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"Kissing Jessica Stein" is the best kind of romantic comedy, 22 June 2010
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

At the beginning of "Kissing Jessica Stein" we meet Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) sitting in synagogue between her mother and grandmother discussing the lack of Jessica's love life. Jessica interrupts and says "Shut up mother, I'm atoning." This sums up and sets the tone for the greatness of this film - Jessica is authentic and very funny.

I connected instantly with Jessica as I am sure many single or recently single women can (and I'm not even Jewish). I usually hate making film comparisons to Woody Allen because a)its being done way too often and b)its just not Woody Allen who is still making great films for us. But in this case, part of my connection to Jessica is that writer and star Jennifer Westfeldt, like me, has probably seen "Annie Hall" one hundred times, and a great deal of Diane Keaton's Annie shines through in Jessica.

"Kissing Jessica Stein" is a romantic comedy about a girl who basically just doesn't know what she wants, but its better than that statement. The film is very well written and very funny. The relationships explored are real and three-dimensional and every element that moves the story forward is done with subtlety and humour. There is one mistake in the writing, and the writers make it obvious that they are writers, but it doesn't matter because the film is just that good. When they start getting too far from the audience with a character philosophizing about his current stance in life, they pull us right back in with a great line "You got dark." It also helps that Westfeldt is married to Jon Hamm and is friends with some of the best comedians in the business.

After you finish watching "Kissing Jessica Stein" (which, believe me, you have to), find Westfeldt's next foray into her version of romantic comedies "Ira and Abby" (2006). Oh, and if for some reason you haven't yet, see Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (1977) first.

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