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Kissing Jessica Stein

Kissing Jessica Stein
Kissing Jessica Stein
Kissing Jessica Stein
  • R
  • 1h 37m
  • 2002
Certified Fresh83%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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Jessica Stein is a sensitive but neurotic New York journalist who also happens to be at the end of her emotional rope. Her brother’s engaged, her best friend’s pregnant, she hasn’t dated in a year, and she can’t sleep. After an optimistic but nightmarish dating spree, she happens upon an intriguing personal ad...whose only drawback is that it’s in the “women seeking women” section. On a daring whim, she decides to answer it, and meets funky downtown hipster Helen Cooper. A lively evening of banter, connection and heated debate culminates in a kiss that confounds and intrigues even the reluctant Jessica. Kissing Jessica Stein is a modern romantic comedy that breaks all the rules, blurring the lines between friendship and romantic love, and finding the funny, surprising and ultimately poignant overlap between the two.
© 2002 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: A trite but refreshing and comical spin on nature of love.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sweet girl-meets-girl comedy has language, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kissing Jessica Stein explores a woman's sexual and religious identities as she falls in love with a woman for the first time. Positive messages include being open and curious about yourself. Main characters kiss and engage in spontaneous and non-monogamous sex (no nudity). Adults drink wine and beer throughout the film. Language includes sexual terms like "p---y," "c--k," "blow" (used as a verb), and ableist terms "freaks," "morons," "stupid," and "crazy." Although the film is inclusive with its complex portraits of Jewish and bisexual main characters, Kissing Jessica Stein does appropriate from other cultures: Japanese, Indian, Chinese, and Native American traditions are all used or worn by White characters to make themselves seem more interesting. And the only racial diversity on-screen is a token Black character who's stereotyped as a White woman's hot but clueless male lover.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:March 13, 2002
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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