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Just Looking (1999)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 23 May 2003 (Spain)
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It's 1955 and curious 14-year-old Bronx kid Lenny has a mission for his summer: to witness two adults in the midst of an "act of love." When his mother sends him to Queens to stay with his ... See full summary »

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Jason Alexander

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Marshall Karp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard V. Licata ... Mort Polinsky
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Mrs. Edelberg
Ryan Merriman ... Lenny Levine
Patti LuPone ... Sylvia Levine Polinsky
Deirdre O'Connell ... Mrs. Braverman, Lenny's Teacher
Heather Hopwood Heather Hopwood ... Myrna
Alex Sobol Alex Sobol ... Marty
Ilana Levine ... Norma De Lorenzo
Peter Onorati ... Phil De Lorenzo
Shirl Bernheim Shirl Bernheim ... Mrs. Glantz
Joey Franquinha Joey Franquinha ... John Zarkotoli (as Joseph Franquinha)
Chevi Colton Chevi Colton ... Mrs. Crescetelli
Robert Weil ... Guido
Gretchen Mol ... Hedy Coletti
Amy Braverman Amy Braverman ... Alice Moran
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Storyline

It's 1955 and curious 14-year-old Bronx kid Lenny has a mission for his summer: to witness two adults in the midst of an "act of love." When his mother sends him to Queens to stay with his pregnant aunt and uncle, Lenny thinks his plan is doomed, until he meets his gorgeous adult neighbor Hedy and hooks up with some like-minded neighborhood kids. Soon, Lenny is learning more than he ever expected about life, love and growing up. Written by Anonymous

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A voyeuristic coming-of-age comedy.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cherry Pink See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,324, 15 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,852, 17 December 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is Jason Alexander's voice on the radio announcing the approaching storm. See more »

Goofs

The bike Lenny rides to get help is not his. It is Marty's "Road Master" bicycle. See more »

Quotes

Polinsky: Has anyone ever told you about the birds and the bees?
Lenny: [sarcastically] Yeah, we learned about it in biology. Bees sting and birds crap on your head.
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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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Tweedle Dee
Written by Winfield Scott
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by La Vern Baker
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Delightful and Nostalgic Movie About Reaching the Adolescence in the Fifties
23 March 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 50s, in Bronx, Lenny Levine (Ryan Merriman) is a Jewish teenager trying to discover sex, being quite obsessed by sex in a naive way. He does not like his stepfather and misses his father, who died a couple of years ago. After trying to see his stepfather having sex with his mother Sylvia Levine Polinsky (Patti LuPone), he is sent to Brooklyn to spend his summer vacation with his pregnant aunt Norma de Lorenzo (Ilana Levine) and his Italian uncle Phil de Lorenzo (Peter Onorati). He likes his uncle Phil and becomes friend of a boy and two girls of his age, who have a "sex club", and Alice, the most experienced of the group, explains subjects related to sex to the others. Later, Lenny has a crush on the nurse Hedy Coletti (Gretchen Mol), a former model. Along his vacation, the reality about the relationship of his father and his mother is disclosed to Lenny, while he learns many topics about sex, reaching the adolescence. "Just Looking" was a great surprise for me: the ridiculous Brazilian title ("The Indiscreet Lens") hides a delightful and nostalgic movie about reaching the adolescence in the 50s. In some moments, it slightly recalls the classic "Summer of 42". It is impossible not liking "Just Looking", which is sensitive, funny, with a magnificent screenplay and dialogs and excellent direction and performance of the cast. Indeed, it is a must-see movie, recommended for any audience. Gretchen Mol is amazingly beautiful in the role of Hedy, and Ryan Merriman and Amy Braverman are excellent in the roles of curious teenagers. I saw this movie on VHS, but today I am going to buy the DVD. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Lente Indiscreta" ("The Indiscreet Lens")


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