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Finding Bliss -- A romantic comedy that explores the adult film industry through the eyes of an idealistic 25 year-old award winning film school grad
Finding Bliss -- Recent film-school grad Jody Balaban (Sobieski) heads to Los Angeles for her big break, though making adult films isn't exactly what she had in mind for her career.
Finding Bliss -- When award-winning film school grad Jody Balaban moved out to Hollywood to be a filmmaker she never expected to end up editing porn films...
Finding Bliss -- Jody Balaban, an award-winning film school graduate, moves out to Hollywood with lofty aspirations, only to find herself editing adult films, and finding herself much more aroused than she'd like...


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Leelee Sobieski ... Jody Balaban

Matthew Davis ... Jeff Drake (as Matt Davis)

Denise Richards ... Bliss / Laura

Donnamarie Recco ... Kathleen

Jamie Kennedy ... Dick Harder

Kristen Johnston ... Irene Fox

Mircea Monroe ... Sindi

P.J. Byrne ... Gary

Caroline Aaron ... Debra Balaban

Tim Bagley ... Alan Balaban

Christa Campbell ... Kato
Mr. Marcus ... Jake B. Bigg (as Marcus J. Spencer)

Sammi Hanratty ... Little Jody

Stormy Daniels ... Herself

Garry Marshall ... Himself

Ron Jeremy ... Himself

Zach Cumer ... Bobby Dalpes
Mario Cassem ... Morris Goldstein
Maggy Bashaw ... 13 Year-Old Actress
Kimbre Lancaster ... Angie
Davin Perry ... Sam

Patrick Treadway ... Marty

Kevin Partridge ... Brett
Wes Deitrick ... Agent
Bradley Hollibaugh ... Bodyguard (as Brad Hollibaugh)
Pas'ta Weat ... Dildo Delivery Guy
Jaylan Renz ... Ted
Dan Taylor ... Cute Guy

Bill A. Jones ... AVN Announcer

Julie Davis ... Dyan Cannons
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

G.K. Bowes ... Additional voices (uncredited)
R.J. Hampton ... Awards Show Guest (uncredited)

Michael Harris ... Professor Emerich (uncredited)
Garrett Honea ... 16 Year Old Bobby (uncredited)
Sue Melanson ... Graduate / Parent (uncredited)
Saybher Perrigo ... Lexi (uncredited)
Paloma Stark ... Little Jody (uncredited)

Randy Weatherbee ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Julie Davis 
Writing credits
Julie Davis (written by)

Produced by
Stefan Atkins .... co-executive producer
Don Bloomfield .... co-producer
Sandro Del Casale .... executive producer
Patrick Dovigi .... executive producer
Steven Hall .... co-executive producer (as Steven D. Hall)
Glen Hartford .... executive producer
Michele A. Liss .... associate producer (as Michelle Liss)
Scott Mandell .... co-producer
Juan A. Mas .... supervising producer
Brandon Nutt .... executive producer
David E. Ornston .... producer (as David Ornston)
Jeff Rice .... producer
Elizabeth Sobieski .... co-producer
Leelee Sobieski .... executive producer
Daniel Toll .... producer
Nick Vetere .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Swihart 
Cinematography by
Peter N. Green (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Beatty 
Casting by
Mikki Mayfair 
Gretchen Oyster 
Chadwick Struck 
Production Design by
Vincent DeFelice  (as Vincent De Felice)
Art Direction by
Jeffrey Reyes 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Benavides 
Dan Beyer 
Costume Design by
Lisa Caryl-Vukas  (as Lisa Caryl)
Makeup Department
Amy Bruscoe .... assistant makeup artist
Emily Chisholm .... assistant makeup artist: Spokane
Trista Jordan .... key hair stylist: Spokane (as Trista P. Jordan)
Trista Jordan .... key makeup artist: Spokane (as Trista P. Jordan)
Mike Meyers .... hair stylist: Spokane
Taci Van Leuven .... assistant makeup artist: Spokane (as Taci VanLeuven)
Cris Winger .... assistant hair stylist: Spokane
Natalie Wood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jason A. Payne .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam C. Boyd .... second assistant director
Garrett Honea .... second second assistant director
Dane Konshuk-Mas .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mike Cassell .... construction coordinator: Spokane
cdavid cottrill .... prop master: Spokane (as cdavid hall-cottrill)
Bill Davis .... property master
Oliver Irwin .... on set dresser: Spokane
April Dawn Laird .... assistant property master
David Lewis .... carpenter: Spokane (as David B. Lewis)
David Lewis .... set builder: Spokane (as David B. Lewis)
Pete Moroz .... swing: Spokane
Angela J. Smith .... lead
Sharla Tandler .... product placement: Spokane (as Sharla Ornston Tandler)
Sound Department
Cole Bluma .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Aaron Breeden .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Breeden .... supervising sound editor
Cory Choy .... adr recordist
Brian Crain .... boom operator: Spokane
Daniel Douglass .... sound engineer
Jake Eberle .... adr supervisor
Samuel Hamer .... sound mixer: Los Angeles (as Sam Hamer)
Ted Hamer .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Franklin Jones III .... sound editor
Nathan C. McGregor .... sound effects editor
Mark O'Russa .... dialogue editor
Mark O'Russa .... foley recordist
Robin Shore .... adr editor
Tom Taylor .... sound mixer: Spokane
Visual Effects by
David Beatty .... visual effects artist
Jason McKee .... visual effects artist (as Jason Mckee)
Jason McKee .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip A. Anderson .... camera production assistant (as Philip Allister Anderson)
Andy Barden .... best boy grip: Spokane
Kevin Benjamin .... grip
D. Lee Bundy .... grip: Spokane
Garrett Cantrell .... dolly grip: Spokane
Michael Chambliss .... remote head operator
Chris D. Chapman .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Bob Clifford .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Spokane (as Robert H. Clifford)
Mark Colicci .... first assistant camera
Cheryl Cowan .... video playback: Spokane
Christopher Clark Cowan .... epk videographer
Brian Cox .... electrician: Spokane
Brianne Cronkhite .... second assistant camera: Spokane (as Brie Cronkhite)
Brian Deutsch .... grip
Don Duffield .... first assistant camera: Spokane
Brad Edmiston .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Spokane
Kevin W. Ford .... electrician: Spokane
Samuel Buddy Fries .... camera operator
Mike Grey .... grip: Spokane (as Michael Grey)
Tomas Guzman .... epk: Spokane
Robby Hart .... camera utility: Los Angeles
Anthony Lockerman .... grip
Chris Lumpkin .... key grip: Los Angeles
Jeremy Mackie .... electrician: Spokane
Stephen B. Martinez .... key grip
Matthew May .... best boy: Spokane (as Mathew May)
Matthew Mayfield .... best boy electric
Dan Misner .... key grip
Mark Emery Moore .... steadicam operator
Pete Moroz .... still photographer: Spokane
Michael Negrin .... additional director of photography
Ryan Norris .... lighting technician
Robert Ogden .... lighting technician
Michael Pizzuto .... key grip: Spokane
Troy Rice .... grip: Los Angeles
Rod Robertson .... gaffer
Ryan Sanson .... camera equipment: Los Angeles
Geoff Shotz .... steadicam operator
Uriel Uribe .... lighting technician
Justin Van Eaton .... grip: Spokane
Mike Vukas .... gaffer: Spokane
Neil Wittman .... electric best boy
Michael Yaeger .... second assistant camera
Jack L. Zeman .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alayna Caryl .... wardrobe dayplayer: Spokane
Rebecca Cook .... first set costumer: Spokane
Katherine Dover .... costumer
Editorial Department
Travis Berry .... assistant editor
Julie Davis .... additional editor
Tim Maffia .... colorist
Tara Timpone .... supervising editor
Music Department
Brian H. Kim .... composer: additional music
Donnamarie Recco .... music supervisor
Brad Ritchie .... music editor
Nashia Wachsman .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Don Breaux .... transportation
Sean Erman .... driver
Jamie P. Flanery .... driver: Spokane
Ron Ford .... van driver
Lance Hruza .... transportation captain: Spokane
Greg Jacobs .... transportation
Mike Kjolso .... driver: Spokane
Kenneth Miller .... driver
David Morataya .... driver
John Petty .... transportation coordinator: Spokane
Seth Pickens .... van driver
J.A. Solberg .... honeywagon driver: Spokane
Damien Wilson .... driver
Other crew
Lisa Adler .... office production assistant: Spokane
Grant Andersen .... assistant to producer
LeAnne Bonham .... catering assistant
Vincent Branch .... cook: Spokane
Polly Cassell .... caterer: Spokane
Polly Cassell .... craft service: Spokane
Gregory Cebulski .... production assistant
Cheryl Cowan .... script supervisor
Leslie A. Cowan .... production counsel
Mary Decaro .... assistant to producer
Jenna Donovan .... office production assistant: Spokane
Pam Gratz .... accountant: Spokane
Aaron R. Green .... cook: Spokane
Karen L. Grier .... assistant chef: Spokane (as Chef Karen Grier)
Amber Grunte .... locations manager: Spokane (as Amber E. Grunte)
Heid M. Habib .... office production assistant: Spokane (as Heidi M. Habib)
Heidi Habib .... office production assistant
Kent Hamilton .... insurance broker
Brad Harland .... accountant: NXNW, Spokane
Brad Harland .... chief financial officer: Spokane
Susan Hernandez .... craft service
Briana C. Hill .... production counsel
Kevin Kelly .... production assistant
Alex Konowitz .... production assistant
Katie Kuwata .... production assistant
Lisa McNeil .... script supervisor
Tina Meland .... production coordinator: Spokane
Sue Melanson .... production secretary
Jason Newbury .... production assistant
Travis Pell .... production assistant: Spokane
David Albert Pierce .... production and distribution counsel
Walter Ralda .... chef assistant
Dawn Taylor Reinhardt .... extras wrangler
Angel Villatoro .... chef
Taye Voye .... production executive: NXNW, Spokane (as Tay Voye)
Nathan Weinbender .... key set production assistant: Spokane (as Nate Weinbende)
Bryce Woodworth .... locations assistant: Spokane
Don Bloomfield .... very special thanks
Jack N. Green .... special thanks
Robert Harvey .... very special thanks
Milton Katselas .... in memory of
Scott Mandell .... very special thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue and nudity, and for language
USA:96 min | Argentina:96 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:R (2009) | Germany:16 | Japan:R15+ | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #45931)
Filming Locations:

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The award show depicted at the end of this movie as the AVN Awards is an actual annual award show for the adult film industry (The 2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards (2009) (TV)).See more »
Little Jody:[at the dinner table] Daddy... what's a blowjob?
Jody Balaban:[cut to Little Jody over her father's lap, screaming as he gives her a spanking]
Jody Balaban:I couldn't say "blowjob" for *ten years* after that - let alone *give* one.
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining and Funny; At times, Shocking and Touching, 26 January 2009
Author: ardentayu from United States

I saw this at Slamdance and I really enjoyed it.

It's about a struggling filmmaker (Leelee S) who takes a job editing porn, but it's really more about her character's journey into her own issues (of the past and present) ... and the fact that this self-discovery takes place amidst the porn industry, well, that adds a good dose of humor and a bit of sex.

There's some laugh out loud moments, usually in the form of shock/crude humor or irony. There's also some drama and romance mixed in there, so it's honestly hard to classify it to one genre of film.

It's a lower-budget indie, but it has a great cinematic look with great performances by all the actors. Jamie Kennedy adds some air-headed humor, and Kristen Johnston adds some cutting humor (loved her). The actor opposite Leelee (Matthew Davis) initial appears as a jaded, cynical character, but of course, there is more beneath the surface and it's rewarding to see his character slowly unveil.

Fun movie, overall. Why an 8 and not a 10? I guess my only criticism is that I got a touch bored somewhere around the middle of the film. Perhaps the shock of the shock humor had lost it's shocking value by that point but we weren't yet to the meaty drama. I don't know. To me, it kind of lagged briefly before getting back on track.

But that's a small thing. Most of the time, I "found bliss" when watching FINDING BLISS.

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