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Just a Kiss (2002)

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A group of thirtysomethings having problems with fidelity gets an opportunity to turn back the clock.

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Fisher Stevens

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Patrick Breen (play), Patrick Breen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marley Shelton ... Rebecca
Ron Eldard ... Dag
Patrick Breen ... Peter
Sanjiv Jhaveri Sanjiv Jhaveri ... Cabbie
Kelly Cole Kelly Cole ... Jimmy
Kyra Sedgwick ... Halley
Zoe Caldwell Zoe Caldwell ... Jessica
Marisa Tomei ... Paula
Peter Dinklage ... Dink
Hollis Granville Hollis Granville ... Cabbie 2
Sarita Choudhury ... Colleen
Zofia Borucka ... Flight Attendant
Billy Strong Billy Strong ... Sal the Flight Attendant
Bruno Amato ... Joe
Donna Hanover ... Newscaster
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Storyline

Manhattan. Halley loves Dag, a philanderer who claims he's reformed. Peter, Dag's best friend, loves Rebecca, a suicidal dancer who sleeps around without Peter's knowing. When Halley and Peter learn that Dag and Rebecca have slept together (it started with just a kiss), Halley leaves Dag, and Peter is wounded. In their suffering, Halley meets Andre, a cellist; Peter meets Colleen, Andre's wife; and, a remorseful Dag meets Paula, an edgy waitress with a crush on Peter. Couplings follow; then, several characters end up in hospital. Paula becomes an avenging angel, and Peter may be her next victim. Is there any way these relationships can be set right? Can we go back to that kiss? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Love and Learn. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual images and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Still a Kiss See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,239, 29 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,797, 24 November 2002
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GreeneStreet Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At about 1:17, just after Peter kisses Rebecca's dead lips, Rebecca moves her head for an instant and slightly tips her head up. See more »

Quotes

Dag: This is going to be one of those terrible mistakes, the ones you can't ever take back.
Rebecca: Are there any other kind?
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 15 secs to heavily reduce shots of a vertical wrist-slashing which are prohibited for film under BBFC Guidelines. See more »

Soundtracks

Whistler's Brother
Written by Rob Mounsey ((c) 2001 Flying Monkey Music, ASCAP).
Performed and Produced by Rob Mounsey & Flying Monkey Orchestra
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Way way above average
23 December 2014 | by name99-92-545389See all my reviews

Look, let's be honest here: this is a film that most people are going to hate. But if you're in the small group that like it, you're going to love it. It is NOT, contrary to what some reviewers are saying, a, "meh, average" film.

This is emphatically not a genre film --- you don't know what to expect, and you can't judge it by genre conventions. In particular, give it about 20 minutes to set the mood and see if you like that.

To the extent that it is any genre, it's dark/absurdist comedy. Some funny things happen, some completely unexpected and ridiculous things happen. But it's the comedy of ridiculousness, not on-going laugh-out-loud comedy.

It's also not IMHO, pace some other commenters, meant to be a deep meditation on the fragility of life, how one small thing can change lives; it's not Sliding Doors or Run Lola Run. It uses elements of that sort of setup, but for absurdist effect, not to ruminate on life.

Having said all that, I Ioved it. We have, in Rebecca the most desirable Manic Pixy Dreamgirl I've yet seen on screen. (Yes, yes, I know it's not PC to lust after MPGs, but, damn, done right they are so appealing; and boy was Rebecca done right.) We also have Marisa Tomei looking more lovely than in any other movie she's ever done. We have a constant stream of bizarre asides that do nothing to forward the plot but somehow just fit the movie (starting with the interaction with the taxi driver that opens the movie). What's not to love? Personally I wish more movies like this were made...


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