Review Date: August 24, 2002
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen
Producers: Brad Zions, Eden Wurmfeld
Jennifer Westfeldt as Jessica Stein
Heather Juergensen as Helen Cooper
Scott Cohen as Josh Myers
On the downside, the film didn't necessarily break any new ground in the relationship department, other than the whole "gay" angle, and I really didn't like how Jessica kept alternating her feelings about the whole "lesbian" thing so quickly (even three months into it, she's still willing to drop it all because she feels that it's "icky"-I don't know). The last half hour of the film was probably where I got most interested as the fluffy comedic vibe to that point, was suddenly elevated to a more serious tone, with a handful of dramatic scenes coming through and bringing home some of the feelings behind the jokes. The scene between Jessica and her mother outside her house was particularly touching, as was Josh's eventual confession. I also liked how they concluded things, although I could see how some in the gay community might see it as a "sell-out", but for what it was in the context of the story, it made sense to me. Girl Confused / Girl Experiment / Girl Find Herself. The songs in the movie were also charming, as well as the beautiful shots of New York (a little Woody Allen shows up in most romantic comedies set in New York) and the montage scenario of Jessica's unsuccessful dates was a gas. On the downside, I think the two gay men in the film were sadly over-caricaturized and Josh's character, while eventually turning sympathetic and three-dimensional, started off as a complete heel and made a strange transition. Now even though many people who watch either/or "Friends", "Sex in the City" or "Will & Grace" pretty regularly will likely shrug their shoulders at most of this stuff, there is enough in the film to make up for its sitcom feel, especially in the depth of its two lead characters and the ultimate message of the story. Now who's gonna kiss me??