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Kissing Jessica Stein

Nice film. A little fluffy, almost, and a little predictable in parts. It celebrates (I hate that word yet am fresh out of alternatives) the types of friendships that develop among women without being irritating and "wise".

While it is the story of two women who land in bed together, neither having had much experience in that department, and while it is easy to see that Jessica is driven there by bad experiences with men, the film does not treat all men as scum.

I loved that this film was written and directed by its two co-stars, two young women believable in the roles they chose, and I love that many of their co-stars and film crew are relatives and friends. Locations are borrowed, clothes are mostly their own, yet the quality of the photography and the sets struck me at the start, did not scream "low budget".

The character of Jessica Stein is smart yet strangely ditzy, while Helen is smart, creative, sexually driven. Jessica fills out when she allows her hurts to show, her vulnerability both attractive and a little humorous. The friends-and-family circle includes a so-with-it mother, who embraces and even broadcasts her daughter's liaison with another woman, something of a variation of Michael's mother on Queer as Folk.

The film skirts the sometimes-ugly side of living as a lesbian, yet believably so in New York City in this day and age. Nice theme, nice turns, nice ending. I recommend it.

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