Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner
judith

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.
Subscribe

  • The Jerry Bruckheimer Effect

    I suppose it is the curse of anyone who is musical to be unable to ignore music. I am plagued by the piped in music in stores and I choke when I hear…

  • Adventures Downtown

    Yesterday I went downtown three times. The first time I passed by the pasty place and decided to stop and get one. The second time was to pick up a…

  • (no subject)

    NetworkedBlogs Blog: Judith's Topics: Personal, Mental Illness, Animal Rights Follow my blog

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments