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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that that this film explores a young woman's sexual orientation as she tries out a lesbian relationship. The movie has intimate scenes depicting same sex relationships and some scenes of sexual activity.
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What's the story?
Jessica is the highly neurotic and previously straight (and sexually repressed) half, of a lesbian couple struggling to find intimacy, love, and personal satisfaction. Living in present-day New York, Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Helen (Heather Juergensen) struggle with bad dating, old and current boyfriends, a crazy Jewish mother, and confusing feelings. Jessica does not know what she wants. Her mother just wants her to settle down with a nice Jewish man, while Helen wants to find the perfect combination of love and sexual heat. Ultimately, the couple must investigate their own feelings about love, sex, and friendship and go for broke in their searches for personal fulfillment.
Is it any good?
KISSING JESSICA STEIN is a witty and hysterical romp through sexual discovery. It transcends the label of "lesbian comedy" to succeed as a romantic comedy that illustrates the feelings and struggles common to all. Aside from strong performances by its lead women, the film also includes inspired performances by Jackie Hoffman as Jessica's wacky coworker/best friend and Tovah Feldshuh (Law and Order and Broadway) as her domineering mother. As an added bonus, the film also includes a hysterical and odd performance by JM J Bullock (Too Close for Comfort  and The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show ) as one of Jessica's bad dates.
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- In theaters: April 21, 2001
- On DVD or streaming: September 7, 2004
- Cast: Heather Juergensen, Jennifer Westfeldt, Tovah Feldshuh
- Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 96 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual content and language
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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