Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

“Stop saying you told me, you’re a terrible liar, it’s one of your best qualities. ” – Helen

Number of Times Seen – Twice (1 Nov 2003 and 17 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A aspiring writer in New York seeking a lasting relationship finds one in a very unexpected place.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall seeing many years ago and enjoyed it.

The story gives a nice twist to the way that relationship stories work and they do a nice job here with this.

The way that they deal with the various relationship of some of the minor characters also enhances the story because of the ya that we get to see multiple perspectives on varying relationship at different stages.

The film has a largely unknown cast and that adds so much to the realism and effectiveness of the story as it progresses.

The script is great and is filled with some really enjoyable dialogue which adds to the enjoyment of things the whole way through.

Love the way that this film presents the main relationship in a very tender way while also showing how certain aspects of a new relationship can cause embarrassment to people along the way.

They do go a bit overboard when dealing with the Jewish stereotypes of the characters in certain key scenes, but overall, they still find ways to make this work because it is quite fun to watch things move along.

Bottom Line – Really fun relationship film that works on numerous levels. The pretty unknown cast is able to make things quite realistic and plausible as things move forward. The dialogue is written really well and helps to keep the story engaging throughout. The way that they present this budding relationship in done so well especially when they show how tender and embarrassing things can be at the beginning of a new relationship. The film does a go a bit overboard with the Jewish stereotypes in certain scenes, yet still helps make things fun to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The cab scene where Helen and Jessica talk about blending lipstick was filmed after the filmmakers hailed a cab, paid the driver $20, the director drove, the director of photography was in the front seat and the sound woman climbed in the back trunk. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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