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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.
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Cast

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 ... Himself
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
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Storyline

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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeking Same See more »

Filming Locations:

Guilford, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$346,999, 17 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,022,940, 7 July 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the film was shot in New York City and Connecticut but a couple of scenes, including the bookstore scene between Josh and Jessica, were re-shot in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

When Jessica and Helen are outside on the street and they're eating ice cream and talking about the panhandlers, Jessica's purse disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dan Stein: You know, I've been hearing about "the one" for I don't know, like 20 years. I guess I thought it would be a guy.
Jessica: I know, I know, but look, I don't even believe that any more. I don't believe there's just one person. I think there are, like, seven.
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For our parents. See more »

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Elegant Hoydens
18 July 2003 | by jeanromanSee all my reviews

There are so few lesbian genre films "OUT" there. And for those lesbian genre films that do exist most have characters that are either disturbed psychopaths (my favorite- Heavenly Creatures) or cardboard cutout prototypes that have no place in my world. As result, unfortunately most lesbians are starved for good lesbian genre films. The best lesbian roles have usually been played out in supporting role characters within the main stream. To appease the appetite, `gaydar' commands an ever watchful eye to find those precious tidbits.

However, thank heavens for the charming wit and refreshingly real characters in "Kissing Jessica Stein". "Kissing Jessica Stein" goes beyond the stereotypical to explore individual characters for who they are and what they are going through in their lives. The film is a positive reinforcement on the value of relationships to an individual's personal growth and spiritual evolution.

"Kissing Jessica Stein" is a highly intelligent romantic comedy that goes deep to explore emotional relationships: Not only between Jessica and Helen but also between Jessica and her Mother, Jessica and Josh, other co-workers and all of their friends. The film highlights the importance of discovering yourself and of letting those that love and care about you know who and what makes you happy. Ultimately anyone that truly loves you wants you to be happy. Jessica and Helen's continued deep friendship after their breakup is testament to this. Jessica's painting, Josh's true love for writing and Helen's continued enjoyment of a lesbian sexual relationship is also testament.

All is true to the spiritual core of the writers intent. There is no definitive end to ongoing life. The writers cleverly leave us to "marinate" within our own imaginations.


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