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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeking Same See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Cheesy Pickup Guy #1: [to the other guy] You see? That's the thing about women. They really know how to take care of each other.
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Nothing special but still quite sweet
11 December 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Jessica is Jewish, uptight, slightly neurotic and single. Everyone around her is married, dating, pregnant or something and she has to take grief from her family who want to see her "happy". Try as she might she can't find a guy that she likes enough to see twice. So when she sees an advertising from a woman looking for company she strangely finds herself responding and turning up to meet the bisexual Helen. The easy chat they have overcomes Jessica repulsion at the whole idea and soon they have become more than just friends. However can Jessica accept the truth herself far less be honest with others.

This is a strange mix of a film that mostly does enough to work. In some ways it seems to be a quirky independent film but in many ways it is just an OK mainstream comedy. Jessica herself seems to be a strange mix between the neurotic side of Woody Allen, the quirky side of Ally McBeal and the female side of Bridget Jones. It is a strange mix but it more or less works as a piece of entertainment even if it isn't as sassy and fresh as it thinks it is. The relationship between Jessica and Helen is delivered in a pacey fashion that doesn't quite ring true due to the lack of depth to it but it does enough to keep things moving along. Laughs are not that common but the general amusing air carries it along and, although the romance is basic and the characters thin, they it is easy viewing and they still engage if you are in an undemanding mood.

Westfeldt overplays her neurotic character a little bit but she just manages to keep her convincing. She has an easy chemistry with Lake which really helps cover up the lacking material they both have to deal with; it helps that they wrote it and were probably very in touch with what they were trying to do, even if they didn't necessarily do what they could have done. The rest of the cast pretty much match them in turning in workable but unspectacular performances – not their failing but more to do with the fact that the script is breezy and light and not something a lot of depth can be brought out of. Herman-Wurmfeld's direction matches the light material and keeps it breezy.

Overall this is a pretty sweet little film although not as fresh and fun as it thinks it is. The two leads could have done more as writers but they do have a good feel for the material and their performances help cover the material. Not many laughs or insights but it is consistently amusing and nice enough to be worth watching if you are looking for something undemanding.


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