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Total Crap: 21.28%

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Kissing Jessica Stein
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Disgustingly deplorable."
1 stars

Generic, lusterless clump of “I’m not/I am/I can be…” remedial lesbian romantic comedy.

The two leads, also the movie’s writers, adapt from their own stage play, and both appear to be pro-choice, that is, in matters of sexual preference. One woman is bored by what males have to offer, and the other, a chipmunk-faced “Jewish Sandra Dee,” has apparently dated the whole male species — at least only the ones who qualify as slimy, one-dimensional, stereotyped caricatures (then again, so is she) — leaving her with no other explanation except that she must be gay. She wants to, she doesn’t, she can, she can’t, she will, she won’t. The trials and errors of the exploration of hetero and homosexual relationships progress with a gimp as the feeling of the whole thing is terribly contrived. Out of the eight-million residents of New York, the lonely popinjay isn’t able to meet one “normal” guy — a disgustingly gross overstatement — yet when she finally crosses the mark into lesbian territory and concedes her heterosexuality, the lover claims that their lack of sex hurts the relationship, and it’s over. (“She’s a cock-tease — a poon-tease”) Of course, that’s the whole movie, and all the humorless neurosis that is forced upon the viewer is a waste, a sham. (And to think that because this has a main Jewish character, deals with neurosis and therapy, it must be similar to a Woody Allen comedy!) The guns-by-her-side Jessica, who should know herself better than no other, opts for giant compromises (her sexuality, her stance on e-mail, etc.), all for it to be thrown back in her face for an unredemptive and negating end. The movie sends a perverse message about the purpose of a relationship, that, while the friendship aspect of it is a perk, it’s really the sex that counts.

Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. With Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen and Tovah Feldshuh.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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User Comments

5/10/06 Indrid Cold I agree that the characters are fundamentally unappealing, but it's still sharp and funny. 4 stars
3/30/06 A.C. I think men who don't get women, dont' like (get) this movie. Its fantastic on every level. 5 stars
1/18/06 Deanna Sexual identity roulette as boredom cure. Insulting on all levels 1 stars
12/21/04 Bea delightfull,sharply written and good performances despite actress are "unknown" 4 stars
2/10/04 Josh Sharply written, very funny, the best rom-com in ages. 4 stars
12/21/03 Monster W. Kung A pathetic excuse for a movie that's as deep and thought-provoking as a porno film. 1 stars
8/01/03 LeoH Bright, funny romantic comedy. 4 stars
5/17/03 Plagarism is a curse Startlingly similar review to Dave Elliot of San Diego Union Tribune. Esp. para 8 3 stars
4/12/03 Dra_KW This one is a big effort to make a good movie: romantic, funny, spicy and 2 beautiful girls 5 stars
1/07/03 A normal average person An ordinary sitcom that plays the fashionable lesbian card and is insulting to men 2 stars
12/23/02 Jim Amusing, main character annoying but supporting ones interesting 4 stars
9/27/02 The Bomb 69 handled the whole ending correctly, dealt with real issues and was funny as well 4 stars
9/23/02 marco guerra guys,you are wrong again. good movies are different;did you even watch it? Soberly? 2 stars
9/19/02 YeahThat'sRightYouKnowWhatI'mTalkingAbout Boring. Uninteresting, and very droll, cardboard characters. Jim's right. This one sucks 1 stars
9/17/02 beryl firestone LOVED IT!!! 5 stars
5/13/02 Elsie Dee A fun little movie. Nothing deep or heavy, and better than romance-comedies tend to be. 4 stars
4/13/02 Suzz a genuinely funny romantic comedy 4 stars
4/10/02 IP Freely Isn't this just another Meg Ryan romantic comedy w/ a different star...boring 1 stars
4/07/02 Jessica Moorleghen transcends gender roles to reveal the true awkwardness of knowing someone intimately 4 stars
4/02/02 Otis Buckshot This is a wonderful movie, light, funny, emotional, & also very real in todays world 5 stars
3/31/02 KCobain This movie is the bomb. Funny and touching. 5 stars
3/26/02 Jake Yeah, well I have seen it and it kicks ass. 5 stars
3/19/02 autumn yeah whoa i havent seen it 2 stars
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