As you watch "Kissing Jessica Stein" it becomes clear that both women are looking for love rather than sex, which is perfect because this film is not about sex, and those who are looking for really hot lesbian sex scenes should just go rent "Mulholland Drive." The question here is not just whether the girl will get the girl, but what they are going to do when that finally happens. Then there is Josh Myers (Scott Cohen), Jessica's college boy friend, who now speaks of her with the same sort of practiced cynicism he reserves for the rest of the world. She disregards his jabs, and her disdain eventually inspires him to reconsider Jessica. However, we do not think as highly of Josh as he does himself, and there is something intrinsically sweet about the relationship between Jessica and Helen. Besides, the biggest obstacle to their happiness is not Josh, but Jessica herself, which remains both the character's curse and her charm.
Helen is not sure what to expect when Jessica shows up, but someone who is not only straight but who also brings a bunch of manuals and handbooks about lesbians would not have been a high expectation.... Read more ›
Jennifer Westfeldt plays Jessica, a nice, attractive, inherently heterosexual Jewish girl whose luck finding the right fella is positively dismal, perhaps because of impossibly high standards. Desperation causes her to answer a personal ad in the paper placed by Helen (Heather Juergensen), the bisexual, adventurous and passionate manager of an art gallery. The subsequent closet relationship progresses from unsure trepidation (on Jessica's part) to a full-scale lesbian affair that generates a "guess who's coming to dinner" tension when Jessica brings Helen, a shikse, to meet her family gathered together for her brother's wedding. Of course, Mom (Tovah Feldshuh) has always wanted her daughter to wed a nice (and successful) Jewish boy, and hasn't been shy about matchmaking. Oy!
This isn't a bad film by any means. All of the principle characters are attractive and sympathetic. However, except for one poignant heart-to-heart between Jessica and her mother, the emotional depths and pitfalls of a relationship with a same-sex lover are barely plumbed. This is not a deep film in any sense, and Jessica dances across what could be a potential minefield relatively unscathed. It's as if the film's producers didn't know whether to make it a comedy or drama, and by the final scene I wasn't sure why they'd bothered. Perhaps they thought it would raise more eyebrows in Traditional America. And maybe it did.... Read more ›
It had moments of very good potencial, and it was great to see a lesbian film... Read more