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Sex and the single girl gets a fresh new spin in this "very funny movie"! (Joel Siegel, Good morning America) Fed up with her fruitless search for "Mr. Right" and tired of blind dates from hell, attractive journalist Jessica Stein whimsically responds to a classified ad - from Helen! Making and breaking new rules of dating as they go, the two women muddle through an earnest but hilarious courtship that blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love in this "smashing romantic comedy" (Rolling Stone)
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this movie. One of my friends mentioned it and when I got the chance to review it, I decided to give it a shot. This movie had me laughing right from the beginning. I laughed outloud at Jessica and her mother and grandma are all "discussing" the men at the Day of Atonement service. It so reminded me of the way I am with my mom and grandma.
I had my share of Mr. Wrongs, so I could relate with Jessica's search for Mr. Right. Blind dates can definitely break your spirits, and I could understand why Jessica answered Helen's classified ad. I have several gay and lesbian friends and family members, and although I am heterosexual, I believe that everyone deserves to be loved. Yes, Kissing Jessica Stein is about a Jewish woman, but everyone can relate to it. It is not about being Jew or Gentile, gay or straight, or bi-sexual. This movie is about trying to muddle through life and finding that one person to spend it with.
The chemistry between Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Helen (Heather Juergenson) is wonderful, and I was pulling for them to find happiness together! The supporting cast is great too. I loved Jessica's mother, superbly played by Tovah Feldshuh. So many of her characteristics reminded me of my own mom. Josh (Scott Cohen) and Grandma (Esther Wurmfeld) were great in their roles as well.
If you are looking for a romantic comedy that differs from the norm, this is a movie you will enjoy. My 16 year old daughter, Kat, really liked it, and so did Chefy. Check it out! Kissing Jessica Stein is worth the view!