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Finding Bliss (2009)

Denise Richards , Leelee Sobieski , Julie Davis  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denise Richards, Leelee Sobieski, Jamie Kennedy, Matt Davis, Kristen Johnston
  • Directors: Julie Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M05KU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Finding Bliss" on IMDb

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Aspiring filmmaker Jody Balaban (Leelee Sobieski) takes a job at a porn studio, planning to use the company's lush facilities to secretly film her own movie after hours. When Jody's ruse is discovered, she's forced to collaborate with infamous porn director, Jeff Drake (Matt Davis) - an initially fractious relationship that simmers into an unexpected romance. / Aspirant à devenir réalisatrice de cinéma, Jody Balaban (Leelee Sobieski) décroche un boulot dans un studio où l'on produit des films porno. Son plan ? Attendre que tout le monde soit parti pour profiter des installations sophistiquées de son employeur afin de réaliser son propre long-métrage. Son stratagème finit toutefois par être découvert et elle se retrouve forcée à collaborer avec le tristement célèbre réalisateur porno Jeff Drake (Matt Davis)- une relation d'abord cahoteuse qui se transforme bientôt en une étonnante histoire d'amour.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & sexy! August 26, 2010
Format:DVD
Lee Lee Sobieski is one of my favorite actors, and it's a pity she hasn't had more commercial success with her films. Many of her films are indies and I'm amazed by her ability to play various sorts of characters as evidenced by her work in movies like "Eyes Wide Shut", "Uprising", "The Glass House", etc. Here, Sobieski plays Jody Balaban, a fresh graduate from NYU's Film School who shows promise but finds that talent and enthusiasm do not necessarily translate into instant success.

Frustrated by her inability to attract prominent studios' attention, Jody eventually lands a job at Grind Studios, which is in the business of making porn flicks. Jody is initially disgusted by her job, which entails editing porn movies, and is also haunted by her history of failed relationships. Jody's character is one who suffers from sexual hang-ups and thinks she is a "lousy lay". When she meets fellow NYU alum and high achiever Jeff Drake (Matt Davis), she is shocked to find he's become an adult film director, albeit a successful one. There is some sexual tension between the two which gets developed over the course of the movie, and I thought it was credibly done. The strong chemistry between the lead actors also helps advance the romance sub-plot.

I felt this was a nicely done independent movie with the right elements, i.e. an engaging and interesting plot, funny dialogue, and great casting. Oh, and watch out for Denise Richards in this one - she was quite a surprise! The other cast members, especially those that played the roles of adult film actors were also believable - they portrayed their roles with credibility instead of coming off as caricatures. This is an honestly funny movie that deserves a wider audience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Bliss is BRILLIANT!!! August 22, 2010
Format:DVD
This film hit it out of the park on so many levels! The story is amazing, deep, touching, laugh out loud funny and yes sexy. The writing was the most original I have seen in years! Really good stuff. The acting was really solid throughout great performances by all. I love that I bought this film because I can show it to all my friends male and female will both love this film. It is really a lot of fun to watch!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice smart movie December 29, 2010
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I heard of FINDING BLISS after hearing a Q&A on the creative screenwriting podcast and was interested enough to import it.
Often I import indie movies and they really disappoint - but this film I really enjoyed. There are slight problems, but I know from hearing the Q&A this was down to budget/time limitations, and anyway they are small niggles. If this had been written by and directed by a man there'd be an outcry against it - but written and directed by a woman? I thought it was pretty fresh, brave and funny, and it's a shame it didn't get a bigger audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S A LUCKY PICKLE May 7, 2012
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This is a romantic comedy that uses the pron industry as a background so guys will watch it. It is less erotic than what one would expect. There are only a few brief nude scenes and none with the major stars. The adult aspect is the crude porn language and simulated sex scenes.

Leelee Sobieski stars a Jody, a naive near-virginal woman with her own sexual hang-ups. She ends up editing adult videos for director Jeff Drake (Matt Davis) who wants to show adult movies in main stream art theaters. He utilizes Jody's perspective for editing and writing. He is also an alumni from the same film academy. Jody has her own script, which is perhaps too autobiographical, about a girl who wants to wait for sex. She uses the studio...and their actors to make the film. It seems every porno star wants to be a legitimatize actor and would do anything for the opportunity.

The movie was mildly funny. The humor was front loaded as naive Jody discovers the porno industry and learns its terminology. I may never use an ATM again. Kristen Johnston was a treat in her brash role as usual, Jamie Kennedy was a flop, and Mircea Monroe is always pleasing eye candy.

F-bomb, sex, nudity including full frontal male (Jamie Kennedy or body double).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a cult film far into the future. September 9, 2013
By Ken T.
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It's a surprise love story that turns out with everyone happily ever after. The truth comes out, that it doesn't matter what your history is, if you click with someone you can stick with them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny movie December 17, 2013
By RB
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A typical coming of age story with an unusual setting for it to happen. It was enjoyable for what it was with the typical plot and story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Bliss November 13, 2013
By Anthony
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ok so glad I have this DVD in my Collection, As I could not imagine my collection without it! Thank you.
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