Kissing Jessica Stein

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20th Century Fox Released 2002

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Director:
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Kissing Jessica Stein is a romantic comedy, released in 2001 and directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. The story follows Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt) a single, heterosexual, Jewish journalist from New York City as she tries to find out who she is and what she wants from life. Her close Jewish family worries because she is in her unmarried and in her late twenties. Feeling the pressure from her friends and family and overwhelmed with their constant dating advice she decides to resort to answering personal ads. While reading the personal ads she comes an ad that immediately appeals to her. Her only hesitation, it is a woman-seeking-woman personal ad. Jessica contemplates all the men she has recently dated and figures she doesn't have much to lose and answers the ad. Helen Cooper (Heather Juergensen) is a bisexual, career woman who placed the ad. Jessica and Helen arrange a meeting. Quickly, an intense friendship begins between the two women. Slowly, Jessica gives into her feelings and realizes she has more than feelings of friendship for Heather. Now the hardest decision for Jessica is whether she should act on her feelings.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    For an American film it is a groundbreaker in exploring the realm of sexual fluidity, and it does so with wit, wisdom and in a completely entertaining fashion.

  • 80

    Variety

    Pure pleasure. A fresh take on sex and the single girl, this buoyant, well-crafted romantic comedy blends pitch-perfect performances with deliciously smart writing.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Amusing but extremely derivative.

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance