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A romantic comedy with an absurdist edge, Just a Kiss begins when Dag (Ron Eldard), a commercial director, sleeps with his best friend's girlfriend, Rebecca (Marley Shelton), a dancer, while she's touring in Europe. When their infidelity is revealed back home in New York City, it sets off a cascade of people falling into bed together, including Dag's girlfriend Halley (Kyra Sedgwick), Rebecca's other lover Andre (Taye Diggs), and a waitress at a bowling alley (Marisa Tomei) with strange obsessions and loose morals. Just a Kiss slips to and fro in time and veers in and out of rotoscope animation, but even the live sequences have a cartoonish edge; it's hard to care about what happens to these caricatures, no matter how tight their pants or how skimpy their tank tops. Also featuring Patrick Breen (who wrote the screenplay) and Sarita Choudhury. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Ron Eldard, Kyra Sedgwick, Marisa Tomei, Marley Shelton, Patrick Breen
  • Directors: Fisher Stevens
  • Writers: Patrick Breen
  • Producers: Bradley Yonover, Caroline Jaczko, Dolly Hall, John Penotti, Lori Niekrewicz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085EEJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Just a Kiss" on IMDb

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By Dane R. Youssef on February 29, 2008
Format: DVD
by Dane Youssef

"Rocky" and "Good Will Hunting" are the best of examples of what happens when out-of-work actors write.

In these situations, they can write themselves work. And with some talent, some and a little luck, these unemployable actors are never unemployed again.

Nervous nebbish actor Patrick Breen wrote this experimental WAY Off-Off broadway (so far off, I believe it didn't play in halfway houses) play "Just A Kiss" about how one single event can completely can change not just the lives of the kissers and their significant others, but people outside their little circles.

A whole chain reaction. One kiss. Between two people who shouldn't be kissing. And then hell breaks loose. Not just the kissers and their significant others. But people outside the circle as well.

A promising idea even though we have seen it before. One person and one desicion. That's all it takes.

Oddball character actor Fisher Stevens is a friend and collaborator of Breen's and makes his directorial debut with this experimental film and the often-dubbed "character actor" does some experimental character direction here with this one.

Perhaps the film is trying to be too many things at once.

Maybe the real problem with "Just A Kiss" is it takes too many targets. Social commentary on love, life and relationships (especially in NYC). A black comedy. An experiment. A drama. A dramedy, perhaps? And if that's not enough, the movie tries too hard to be "hip" and "stylish" and "ground-breaking" with it's technique.

"JAK," which could probably be best described as an "Anti-romantic comedy." What bothers me the most is that it's not a succesful one. But boy, it sure could have been.

Dag (named after a former U.N.
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Okay, I just finished watching this movie. It began nice and dark which I love with a few twisted characters but it never got good. It went from twisted to sick and finally just pointless. I would recommend seeing this with a group of people lots of alcohol and no regrets about losing an hour and a half or so of your life.
Enjoy.
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The other reviews here surprise me; I thought this was well written, well-paced, well acted, edgy, funny - and a slightly softer version of the movie Closer, which got great reviews but was rather uninspiring in all ways, If you liked I'm With Lucy - you'd probably like this - It is offbeat, realistic (sad or funny to say) and shows you how one wrong move, one errant kiss can be a pivotal bad call that sends you, and everyone around you in an emotional spin, forever changing the course of your life....Sort of a psychic string theory thing.

Worth it just for the "Why can't you love me' scene and the (bizarre) three wakes.
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