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I saw Finding Bliss at this year's Slamdance Festival. I found it to be
one of the most engaging, heart-warming, and funny romantic comedies of
the year. It always amazes me how some larger budget films get all of
the hype and promotion when they have no real "heart" and a thin plot
line, and how small budget movies such as this, with a great story and
plot line are passed over. I found myself drawn into the characters,
the story, and having real concern for them. The movie has a lot of
The story is about a girl who dreams since childhood of becoming a film maker, seeks her dream in Hollywood, only to be rebuffed by the usual obstacles, until she unknowingly responds to an ad for her editing skills and finds she is being interviewed by a porn studio. Desperately, and reluctantly, she stays with it, and discovers she can furtively sneak into their sound stage and use their equipment in the wee hours of the night...until she is caught by the handsome stud studio owner. A devil's bargain is struck, with possible predictable consequences, but the laughs from the hapless cast members, and the ups and downs of her relationships with them make for a wonderful story, well told, with a meaningful ending.
Hopefully, this film will see a broader release and get the audience it deserves.
This film is a warm, witty comedy that involves a clash of two
cultures, just as "Pretty Woman" was. In "Pretty Woman" it was
streetwalker and super-rich culture that clashed. In this it is
Personal/artschool filmmaking and porno ("That's passe, call it adult"]
filmmaking. The films also match in having beautiful, bright, warm,
young blonde actresses in the lead. There is also the Gary Marshall
connection. Gary Marshall is the narrator/director of "Pretty Woman"
and he is in the movie "Finding Bliss" and the catalyst in a way for
everything that happens.
Unfortunately, while Pretty Woman made zillions of dollars, "Finding Bliss" only made two dollars. This is unfortunate, because I think anybody who like "Pretty Woman" would enjoy "Finding Bliss" While the film is sometimes formulaic in the romantic comedy mode, there are some strikingly original scenes. The scenes of Sobieski getting turned on by the pornography that she's editing is genuinely erotic and striking. It dances softly around the lines separating mass market and porn films.
I watched Julie Davis' "Amy's O" and also found it a charming comedy dealing with sex. She is especially brilliant at directing women. Besides a great performance from Sobrieski (which one always expects), Kristen Johnson and Denise Richards also give wonderfully comic and sweet performances.
One may criticize the film for having a naive or romantic notion of pornographic/adult film-making. In a sense, rather than being realistic, this film could be considered more of 1950's movie fantasy in which virginal Doris Day gets turned on, rips off her pajamas, beds Rock Hudson, yet still manages to get married and live happily ever after.
Does every film about the pornography movie industry need to be a moral lesson on the terrible abuse that often goes on in that industry. Perhaps from a moralist point of view it does.
However, we should consider this film does give a utopian vision of a gentler, more sophisticated porn industry that cares about its performers and especially women. Before condemning it, please consider that "Pretty Woman" also did not show the uglier side of prostitution. If you have protests about the liberal morality of "Finding Bliss," you should have the same protests with "Pretty Woman."
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I found this movie to be very good and dealt with the subject of Adult
Entertainment in a way that did not over sexualize the movie or that it
would cross the boundary of porn. While LeeLee Sobieski did a good job
carrying this film, I personally had a little difficulty with her
filling this role following and often reflecting back to the job that
she did in Joan of Arc; And I can't myself seem to move beyond how
different these two roles are from one another. Yet I recall her bit
part in Eyes Wide Shut and seem to understand her versatility while she
seeks to define and identify the type of actress that she wants to be
remembered for, I truly hope that she and her fans choose not to define
her by roles such as her two films Eyes Wide Shut and Finding Bliss
which may stereotype her as a women of poor choices. although I must
acknowledge that she may have taken the role in Eyes Wide Shut just to
work with the Stanley Kubrick.
All the actors in this film were well fitted to their roles, Although I felt that the script and some of the dialog seemed to have holes that could have been filled better. And there were scenes that maybe could have been left out all together.. such as the basket of sex toys.
Overall I would recommend this film to others with the stern warning and promise that while it was breaching a subject that many may find undesirable and often using language that may be broad in its descriptions as a way to bring reality to the story, This movie was done with as much taste as it could be given and still point out some of the realities of the Adult Entertainment industry. and potential viewers should give it a chance, and I don't think many of its viewers will consider it to be a waste of time. In ending I would instruct the potential viewers not to fear it being an Ed Wood movie, but don't expect a Steven Spielberg movie either.
Finding Bliss is promoted almost like a sex comedy, but is not a sex
comedy. Instead it is an awkward mix of romantic drama and sex comedy.
While trying to do two things, this movie ends up a mess. I don't think
it will appeal to wither the male or female demographic. I know that it
is a good movie can be equally enjoyed by both sexes, but this tries to
combine the genres which have a set audience in mind.
It is a B grade movie. Everything from the acting to the script is amateur. Even Leelee Sobieski has done not done a good job. It feels as if that the whole film was made in a hurry. It has production values of straight to DVD sex comedies. The plot and the characters are not believable either. Everything is just to contrived.
By the way it is not a sex comedy, so if you are expecting that I recommend you watch something else. I have still given it an average rating though, because though it is a cheap B movie, It knows that it is a cheap B movie and doesn't pretends otherwise. There is a small payoff for those who like romantic movies, but I don't think it is worth it to watch the whole thing.
This was a surprising eye opener for being an independent film yet it was one of the funniest that I've seen in a long time. One of the best surprises of all was the return of a fantastic familiar face! The humor comes from the best place of all, the underbelly of adult entertainment, which has seen it's share of jokes. However, the sense of humor along with the well hidden, good nature behind a lot of the characters makes for a fantastic film with a great twist! Quite refreshing and leaves you with happy feelings. Not necessarily a "chick flick" or even a "tit flick" yet drew in attention without having to be nasty about it! I would say this film is very under-rated and VERY well rounded and would also say that this movie is certainly not for kids.
I've never seen a film quite like 'Finding Bliss'. The first half of the film is a raunchy, over-the-top character piece about an idealistic college grad, Jody, who moves to Hollywood with the dream of making romantic comedies. She ends up getting hired to edit a porn film, and being broke and desperate, takes the job. But deep down, she's drawn to the honest, no holds barred sexuality that she is forced (therefore expunging her of her Jewish guilt) to watch day in day out. The second half of the film moves into romantic comedy territory when Jody falls for bad boy porn director Jeff Drake (played by Matt Davis, a delectable actor). Jeff isn't quite who he appears to be on the outside, nor is anyone else in this refreshingly unique and consistently authentic comedy. The porn stars aren't the typical trashy vacant types we so often see in films (even dim-witted Jamie Kennedy ends up having a loyal, loving heart), and good girl Jody isn't quite the good girl after all, but is a complicated woman, who makes choices that often contradict what she thinks she wants, and is really quite unlike any female heroine in recent memory. She wants to be loved and respected by a man, but also wants to be treated like a whore in the bedroom by that same man. In this film, that counts for not only romantic comedy, but real life. All in all, I consider this a high-brow indie masquerading as a low-brow comedy, which for the sake of pure entertainment value is the best of both worlds.
This film is unlike any other. It's one of those movies you either love or hate, and that depends on your own personal sensibilities about sex, romance, and mostly, porn. First off, because the film is from a young woman's point of view and takes place in the porn industry it opens itself up for criticism. But truthfully, it's unlike anything out there. It takes an honest look at a profession that most consider disgusting and immoral, and although the main character herself is disdainful of porn, she comes to realize that people are the same everywhere, in any job, and for that alone, it's a very politically incorrect film. The movie doesn't condescend or vilify the porn stars, on the contrary, it finds the humanity in them. When Jody ends up getting turned on by the porn she is editing, the film veers off into territory that is sexy, funny, and even a little sad. Watching a sexually inexperienced and insecure woman getting turned on by pornography is quite realistic, and probably something most people are afraid to see, and god knows it's probably a nightmare for most feminists, but for me, I found this movie fresh, insightful, and completely courageous.
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This isn't a parody or a satire despite the movie plot being about the porn industry. It has all the elements of a typical porn movie: pun name, hesitant virgin, perfect bodies, gratuitous sex. It's not a romantic comedy. It addresses a couple of the porn industry myths head on: It's not porn, it's Adult Entertainment. Despite no education or experience, porn stars are genuine actors and deserve to cross over. It has about the level of emotional involvement of a Lifetime movie. Denise Richards proves she is a decent actress by not only fooling the actress-director but fooling the audience as well. The most interesting feature was the full frontal shot of Jamie Kennedy.
This is not your typical romantic comedy.A young Jewish woman named Jody Balaban ends up editing porn films.There she meets a charming porn director Jeff Drake.Finding Bliss (2009) is directed by Julie Davis.Leele Sobieski is just the right gal to play Jody.Matthew Davis does great work as Jeff.Denise Richards is terrific as Laura/Bliss.Jamie Kennedy is quite funny as Dick Harder.3rd Rock from the Sun's Kristen Johnston is great as Irene.Mircea Monroe is marvelous as Sindi.Caroline Aaron and Tim Bagley are very good as Jody's parents Debra and Alan.Garry Marshall is seen as himself, as is porn legend Ron Jeremy.This is a pretty sweet movie, despite the fact it takes place in the porn industry.It is about these two persons finding each other.At first these two share pretty few similarities.Jody is sexually more conservative while Jeff makes women do all kinds of acts in movies.The movie manages also to be quite funny.Like the dildo business.And it is pretty hot.
but just couldn't. Has a few zingy one-liners that keep it from being a
complete dud, and a couple characters/actors that do well (the tech
guy, the female head of the studio and "Jeff Drake", imo) but otherwise
a yawner. Better movies in this genre (if it can be called that) are
Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Orgazmo. (Also not really any nudity to
speak of, so don't bother if you're thinking it's a cheap way to get
Also has *nothing* meaningful to do with a woman getting hired to make pr0n from a female perspective or a (male) director trying to make classy pr0n (at least to me). The former never gets beyond "women want an emotional connection during sex" while the latter consists of "maybe we won't just concentrate on closeups of genitals". In a way it's really about the psychoemotional hangups of the main character vis-a-vis sex, but these are never really explored beyond her parents are uptight, she's afraid she's not skilled enough at sex, she likes to tease guys, etc. Caveat emptor :-)
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