Kissing Jessica Stein

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Scott Cohen, Tovah Feldshuh and Jackie Hoffman.
Produced by Eden Wurmfeld and Brad Zions.
Written by Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt.
Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.

This was a fun movie about a Jewish girl, Jessica Stein, from Scarsdale, who works in Manhattan as a copy-editor. After years of failed blind dates - portrayed in a hilarious montage - Jessica decides to answer a personal advertisement placed by a woman-seeking-woman. The result is a touching exploration of love, sexuality, and the importance of family in any relationship. It's very funny and, sometimes, touching.

I felt that every young actor in the movie was someone I knew very well in New York, where I live, and where all of my single friends try to date.

Jennifer Westfeldt (Jessica Stein) and Heather Juergensen (Helen, the love interest) were terrific to watch on screen and, in the tradition of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, I think they will have terrific futures as actors and writers.

The best performance is delivered by Tovah Feldshuh, as Jessica's mother. She delivers the most touching scene of the film that leaves you believing completely in her character as a Jewish mother who wants nothing more than happiness for her daughter. The film contains one distraction. In order to reinforce that "we're in New York" for the movie, the World Trade Center towers shows up every 10-15 minutes. I could not believe how quickly seeing those buildings rips you out of the fantasy of watching a movie unfold on the screen.

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