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Kissing Jessica Stein Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    One of the film's strengths is that nobody -- male, female, gay, straight or Jewish mother -- is reduced to stereotype.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    All too content to be a comedy of surfaces and stereotypes. And because, for all the novelty of the bisexual romantic angle, there's something about Jessica, her New York-singleton ticks and her Jewish-family tocks, that feels...old.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A small independent feature that's everything an independent feature -- small or big -- should be.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Delivers that rare combination of winning traits. It's a low-key comedy with a risque hook -- a seemingly straight woman dabbles in lesbianism -- yet it maintains an old-fashioned faith in literate dialogue, believable behavior and themes that reach beyond the plot points.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Sweet comedy about when a girl meets girl.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that this film explores a young woman's sexual orientation as she tries out a lesbian relationship. The movie has intimate scenes depicting same sex relationships and some scenes of sexual activity.

  • Families can talk about different expressions of sexuality, and societal pressures. They may want to use the title character's relationship with her mother as a springboard for discussing their receptiveness to their childrens' own personal choices.

The good stuff
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    Messages: While the film does include highly critical characters, it also depicts various individuals struggling with love, sexual identity, and commitment.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

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    Sex: The film shows one of the main characters engaging in spontaneous and non-monogamous sex. It depicts semi-graphic scenes of both straight and lesbian sex.

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    Language: Profanity is present (mostly euphemisms for sexual organs and acts), but kept to a minimum.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Inclusion of multiple instances of social drinking, but not drunkenness.