Kissing Jessica Stein

June 21st, 2002


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Still of Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt in Kissing Jessica SteinStill of Scott Cohen and Jennifer Westfeldt in Kissing Jessica SteinHeather Juergensen (L) and Jennifer Westfeldt (R)

Jessica Stein is a single, straight, successful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City...

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.7/10 (9,478 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh

Jessica Stein is a single, straight, successful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City, who finds herself not as straight as she thought when Jessica meets and begins an intense friendship with career woman Helen Cooper which ultimately leads to romance.

Writers: Heather Juergensen, Jennifer Westfeldt

Jennifer Westfeldt - Jessica Stein
Tovah Feldshuh - Judy Stein
Esther Wurmfeld - Grandma Esther
Hillel Friedman - Rabbi
Ben Feldman - Himself
Robert Ari - Sidney Stein
David Aaron Baker - Dan Stein
Jennifer Carta - Rachel - Dan's Fiancée
Ben Weber - Larry
Brian Stepanek - Peter
Nick Corley - Howard
Jackie Hoffman - Joan
John Cariani - Chuck
Scott Cohen - Josh Meyers
Christopher Berger - Malaprops Guy

Taglines: When it comes to love, sometimes she just can't think straight.


Official Website: Foxsearchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 21 June 2002

Filming Locations: Guilford, Connecticut, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $346,999 (USA) (17 March 2002) (26 Screens)

Gross: $7,022,940 (USA) (7 July 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Many "extras" in the film were people who just happened to be walking by the cameras during filming in New York City.

Continuity: The coffee mug in Joan's right hand and the position of Joan's arms switch repeatedly between shots when she is talking to Jessica in the office hallway.

[Josh is confronting Jessica after she made a private phone call]
Josh: You a little jumpy today Stein?
Jessica: No.
Josh: You got a hot date?
Jessica: No.
Josh: Yeah. Who's the guy?
Jessica: There's no guy.
Josh: Oh come on, you're a terrible, terrible liar.
Jessica: Trust me, there's no guy.

User Review

Elegant Hoydens

Rating: 8/10

There are so few lesbian genre films "OUT" there. And for those lesbian genre films that do exist most have characters that are either disturbed psychopaths (my favorite- Heavenly Creatures) or cardboard cutout prototypes that have no place in my world. As result, unfortunately most lesbians are starved for good lesbian genre films. The best lesbian roles have usually been played out in supporting role characters within the main stream. To appease the appetite, `gaydar' commands an ever watchful eye to find those precious tidbits.

However, thank heavens for the charming wit and refreshingly real characters in "Kissing Jessica Stein". "Kissing Jessica Stein" goes beyond the stereotypical to explore individual characters for who they are and what they are going through in their lives. The film is a positive reinforcement on the value of relationships to an individual's personal growth and spiritual evolution.

"Kissing Jessica Stein" is a highly intelligent romantic comedy that goes deep to explore emotional relationships: Not only between Jessica and Helen but also between Jessica and her Mother, Jessica and Josh, other co-workers and all of their friends. The film highlights the importance of discovering yourself and of letting those that love and care about you know who and what makes you happy. Ultimately anyone that truly loves you wants you to be happy. Jessica and Helen's continued deep friendship after their breakup is testament to this. Jessica's painting, Josh's true love for writing and Helen's continued enjoyment of a lesbian sexual relationship is also testament.

All is true to the spiritual core of the writers intent. There is no definitive end to ongoing life. The writers cleverly leave us to "marinate" within our own imaginations.