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Finding Bliss (2009)

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A romantic comedy that explores the adult film industry through the eyes of an idealistic 25 year-old award winning film school grad.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leelee Sobieski ... Jody Balaban
Matthew Davis ... Jeff Drake (as Matt Davis)
Denise Richards ... Bliss / Laura
DonnaMarie Recco ... Kathleen (as Donnamarie Recco)
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 ... Stormy Daniels
Garry Marshall ... Garry Marshall
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Storyline

Jody has arrived in Hollywood, fresh out of a New York film school with student awards in hand, and ready to get her film made. Problem is Jody can't get a job and can't get anybody to read her script. The only job Jody can get is as an editor at a porn production company. Still determined to get her film made, Jody attempts to use the studio's facilities, but the repercussions if she gets caught, might be more than she can handle. Written by napierslogs

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an arousing comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue and nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Az öröm nyomában See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,115, 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,983, 24 June 2010
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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)). See more »

Quotes

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]
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Jody Balaban: I couldn't say "blowjob" for *ten years* after that - let alone *give* one.
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Laughs with a heart
20 February 2009 | by MyTwoCensTooSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this hard to classify film. I have only seen this type of humor associated to male-led comedies, and I think it is quite bold to approach it from a female perspective -- and without apologizing for it. I'm giving it ten stars for how ballsy it is and for doing something so different from what is out there. I also enjoyed that they were able to portray the world of adult entertainment neither condoning it nor falling into preachy sanctimoniousness or prejudiced clichés. In that regard, it reminded me of Boogie Nights; it pokes fun at its subjects, but never in a mean-spirited way and indeed, in Bliss, more often than not the joke is on the outsider. Delivering hard laughs and, at the same time, portraying compelling characters that will make us care is a hard balancing act, but I think Bliss succeeds at both things. Its in-your-face humor has nothing to envy to the crassest Farrelly brothers' flicks, but at the same time it shows a true indie sensibility in the leading character's journey to grow comfortable with her own sexuality. I really hope this film gets the exposure it deserves.


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