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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Westfeldt ... Jessica Stein
Tovah Feldshuh ... Judy Stein
Esther Wurmfeld Esther Wurmfeld ... Grandma Esther
Hillel Friedman Hillel Friedman ... Rabbi
Ben Feldman Ben Feldman ... Self
Robert Ari Robert Ari ... Sidney Stein
David Aaron Baker ... Dan Stein
Jennifer Carta ... Rachel - Dan's Fiancée
Ben Weber ... Larry
Brian Stepanek ... Peter
Nick Corley Nick Corley ... Howard
Jackie Hoffman ... Joan
John Cariani ... Chuck
Scott Cohen ... Josh Meyers
Christopher Berger Christopher Berger ... Malaprops Guy


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When it comes to love, sometimes she just can't think straight.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Some background shots were removed from the film prior to its release because they showed the World Trade Center. See more »


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 »


Martin: C'mon. C'mon. This is not something you can try on and see if it fits, okay? I can't put black shoe polish on my face and join a gospel choir, 'cause, I don't know, I don't feel so white no more.
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Crazy Credits

For our parents. See more »


References Gimme Shelter (1970) See more »


Latin Note
Written by Ludovic Navarre
Performed by St. Germain
Piano and vibraphone performed by Alexandre Destrez
Courtesy of Primary Society Publishing and Blue Note Records
Through arrangement with EMI Music Publishing and EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Marinated a bit too long
25 April 2002 | by scipantheistSee all my reviews

I would like to begin by saying that this is most definitely not a bad a movie. For anyone starved by the vapid potboilers showing today, this movie offers a refreshing change. What it does not do, however, is distinguish itself in any positive way.

My main complaint with this film is its vapid intellectualism. Quoting famous authors and using lots of fancy (even foreign) words is all good in principle, but when you fail to capture the secular humanism that all great art and literature represent you might as well be reading a McDonald's menu. To illustrate this, Jessica begins the film at a job she hates and with only the memories of a failed relationship. She ends the film in another job she hates and with only the memories of another failed relationship. Where is the personal growth? Why are we watching this? The person that wrote this story seems to believe that simply because one relationship was hetero and the other homosexual, this somehow makes things different. I do not draw such distinctions.

Another thing I did not like about the film was its poor characterizations. The arguments in the film are so trivial that it depends on deep characters to make us believe they are real. I mean anyone that requires literature to get into the act of sex is really missing the point! From a masculine point of view the entire sexual experimentation shown in the film is as bland and uninteresting as the men Jessica is shown dating.

One last comment I would like to make is that the thing this movie does best is bring itself down. Routinely Jessica is told, "You're too obsessed with perfection in others", and that is exactly true for the entire film. She is also told "you're too conservative sexually for this kind of lifestyle", and this is true as well. What I would like to see is some kind change in Jessica to identify with these issues. To use a quote, "we must learn to be happy because of and not in spite of our flaws". Rent Manhattan for a true thinking person's film, and leave this on the shelf.

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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeking Same See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$346,999, 17 March 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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