Finding Bliss
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An award-winning film school graduate is forced to confront her sexual hang-ups when she makes the move to Los Angeles and reluctantly becomes an editor at a profitable pornography studio. Jody Balaban (Leelee Sobieski) is a 25-year-old filmmaker who's about to get a rude awakening. Despite Jody's collegiate success, she's still unemployed a year after graduating, and she's about to be faced with one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Jody isn't a fan of pornography, but it seems that an editing position at Grind Productions is her best shot at earning a steady… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

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"The supporting players, including Kristen Johnston as Grind's wise production head, Denise Richards as Jody's movie's gentle leading lady and Jamie Kennedy as a sweet but dense porn actor, also deftly rise to the occasion."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A mildly funny, stereotype-stuffed comedy about a straight-laced aspiring filmmaker who is forced to go to work for a producer of adult films."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A romantic comedy with an edge born out of desperation."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"An idealistic East Coast film school grad encounters the L.A. porn business in this witless low-budget comedy. More exit-rated than X-rated, it's pretty limp."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A tone-deaf motion picture that sours a perfectly ripe opportunity to slap around the world of porn, forgoing satire to make googly eyes with characters unworthy of such warm contemplation."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Davis sustains a steady level of soft humor throughout, thanks to her heroine's inexhaustible shockability and the palpable charm of the other thesps."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Call it the Frozen Assets Rule: If the one-joke premise of a comedy is accompanied -- or begs to be accompanied -- by the sound of a record scratching, avert your eyes."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A steamy sitcom which could have benefitted immeasurably from less carnality in favor of character development."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Writer-director Julie Davis has no idea what she wants to say and spends a ridiculous amount of time not saying it."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"Like the most blithering chick flicks, Finding Bliss obnoxiously and misleadingly wants to have its cake and get eaten too."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Isn't especially funny. Nor is it sexy, despite flashes of nudity and fleeting glimpses of Grind's works in progress."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Posing big questions about love and sex and work, this cartoonish rom-com is far more conventional than it wants to be."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"A mishmash of a romantic comedy with one of the weakest and most unbelievable scripts of the year so far."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"fails to provide insight into the porn industry, filmmaking, or basic human behavior."
‑ Jesse Hassenger,
"You know a porn romance is in trouble when the biggest shocker is Jesse James as himself caught finding his bliss in a fully clothed surprise cameo at an AVN Adult Entertainment Awards gala. Movie Verdict: Get a room. Or better yet, the entire hotel."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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