Kissing Jessica Stein

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Sweet comedy about when a girl meets girl.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 96 minutes

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Positive Messages

While the film does include highly critical characters, it also depicts various individuals struggling with love, sexual identity, and commitment.


The film shows one of the main characters engaging in spontaneous and non-monogamous sex. It depicts semi-graphic scenes of both straight and lesbian sex.


Profanity is present (mostly euphemisms for sexual organs and acts), but kept to a minimum.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Inclusion of multiple instances of social drinking, but not drunkenness.

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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Teen, 17 years old Written byStrawbs April 24, 2016
Really, just a disappointment. After reading some ratings I decided to watch this film for myself and found it to drag on. Jessica stein is a neurotic young wom... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byKass April 9, 2008

A great picture... for adults

Kissing Jessica Stein is the best kind of romantic comedy- one that is effortlessly enchanting and witty. This can in large part owed to its dazzling screenplay... Continue reading

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 [1980] and The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show [1996]) as one of Jessica's bad dates.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different expressions of sexuality, and societal pressures. They may want to use the title character's relationship with her mother as a springboard for discussing their receptiveness to their childrens' own personal choices.

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