Kissing Jessica (2001)

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Kissing Jessica: Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. With Jennifer Westfeldt, Tovah Feldshuh, Esther Wurmfeld, Hillel Friedman. A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.

“I would like to begin by saying that this is most definitely not a bad a movie. For anyone starved by the vapid potboilers showing today, this movie offers a refreshing change. What it does not do, however, is distinguish itself in any positive way.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMy main complaint with this film is its vapid intellectualism. Quoting famous authors and using lots of fancy (even foreign) words is all good in principle, but when you fail to capture the secular humanism that all great art and literature represent you might as well be reading a McDonaldu0026#39;s menu. To illustrate this, Jessica begins the film at a job she hates and with only the memories of a failed relationship. She ends the film in another job she hates and with only the memories of another failed relationship. Where is the personal growth? Why are we watching this? The person that wrote this story seems to believe that simply because one relationship was hetero and the other homosexual, this somehow makes things different. I do not draw such distinctions.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAnother thing I did not like about the film was its poor characterizations. The arguments in the film are so trivial that it depends on deep characters to make us believe they are real. I mean anyone that requires literature to get into the act of sex is really missing the point! From a masculine point of view the entire sexual experimentation shown in the film is as bland and uninteresting as the men Jessica is shown dating.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOne last comment I would like to make is that the thing this movie does best is bring itself down. Routinely Jessica is told, u0026quot;Youu0026#39;re too obsessed with perfection in othersu0026quot;, and that is exactly true for the entire film. She is also told u0026quot;youu0026#39;re too conservative sexually for this kind of lifestyleu0026quot;, and this is true as well. What I would like to see is some kind change in Jessica to identify with these issues. To use a quote, u0026quot;we must learn to be happy because of and not in spite of our flawsu0026quot;. Rent Manhattan for a true thinking personu0026#39;s film, and leave this on the shelf.”


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