Kissing Jessica Stein
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
The USCCB's critic is troubled by the film: "Though director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld thoughtfully raises sensitive questions about sexual orientation, the film's positive depiction of the homosexual lifestyle sidesteps the harder moral ones by condoning the women's romance."
But Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat (the all-religions-welcome Spirituality and Health site) say, "The savvy screenplay … conveys some of the anxieties of modern day sexual politics and especially the challenges of friendships between women. Jessica's experiences with Helen enable her to break out of her cocoon and to finally face the world and other people with a courageous and confident openness."
Peter T. Chattaway (Vancouver Courier) says it "isn't the most daring or original romantic comedy ever made, but it is a sweet, funny film that wins us over through the sheer likeability of its characters. It fits quite well into that grand tradition of films about neurotic New Yorkers who look for love but don't know quite what to do with it when they find it. The dialogue occasionally turns a little sitcom-esque, but the story moves in some unpredictable directions, and it has a real sympathy for its characters."