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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Esther Wurmfeld ...
Grandma Esther
Hillel Friedman ...
Rabbi
Ben Feldman ...
Himself
Robert Ari ...
Sidney Stein
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Rachel - Dan's Fiancée
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Larry
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Peter
Nick Corley ...
Howard
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Chuck
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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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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seeking Same  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of the mother was written especially for Tovah Feldshuh. 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

Josh: You know Stein, why don't you cut yourself a break. It's obviously not the time to be meeting someone anyway.
Jessica: [sarcastically] Really? What? Not the season?
Josh: No. It's just because you're clearly not open to it.
Jessica: [laughs] Excuse me? I'm sorry. How would you know?
Josh: Well, I do have a little history to draw from. But even if I didn't, you've known Charles here for about an hour and in that time you've dismissed a panoply of men based on factors as reductive as a linguistic misstep, a different view from ...
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For our parents. See more »

Connections

Features Red River (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

D'Jazz
Written by Shane Faber & De Harris
Performed by The JeepJazz Project
Courtesy of Undersound Records, JeepJazz Music & Carbert Music (BMI)
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Elegant Hoydens
18 July 2003 | by See 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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