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Kissing Jessica Stein

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5.8
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Original title
Kissing Jessica Stein
Year
Running time
96 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen
Music
Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography
Lawrence Sher
Cast
Producer
Fox Searchlight, Brad Zions Films, Michael Alden Productions, Cineric, Eden Wurmfeld Films
Genre
Romance. Comedy | Romantic Comedy. Gay & Lesbian. Friendship. Independent Film (US)
Synopsis
Jessica Stein is a sensitive but neurotic New York journalist who also happens to be at the end of her emotional rope. Her brother's engaged, her best friend's pregnant, she hasn't dated in a year, and she can't sleep. After an optimistic but nightmarish dating spree, she happens upon an intriguing personal ad, whose only drawback is that it's in the "women seeking women" section. On a daring whim, she decides to answer it, and meets funky downtown hipster Helen Cooper. A lively evening of banter, connection and heated debate culminates in a kiss that confounds and intrigues even the reluctant Jessica. Kissing Jessica Stein is a modern romantic comedy that breaks all the rules, blurring the lines between friendship and romantic love, and finding the funny, surprising and ultimately poignant overlap between the two.
Awards
2002: Independent Spirit Awards: 2 Nominations including Best First Screenplay
2003: 2 Satellite Awards: Best Actress in Comedy-Musical (Westfeldt) and Actress Supporting Role (Feldshuh)
Critics' reviews
  • "A delightful comedy"
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