Finding Bliss (2008)
Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 14
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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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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
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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.
Davis sustains a steady level of soft humor throughout, thanks to her heroine's inexhaustible shockability and the palpable charm of the other thesps.
Isn't especially funny. Nor is it sexy, despite flashes of nudity and fleeting glimpses of Grind's works in progress.
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.
Posing big questions about love and sex and work, this cartoonish rom-com is far more conventional than it wants to be.
What's limper than a self-referential indie about an aspiring filmmaker struggling to make a movie? One set in the superdirty porn industry!
A steamy sitcom which could have benefitted immeasurably from less carnality in favor of character development.
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.
Writer-director Julie Davis has no idea what she wants to say and spends a ridiculous amount of time not saying it.
fails to provide insight into the porn industry, filmmaking, or basic human behavior.
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.
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.
Like the most blithering chick flicks, Finding Bliss obnoxiously and misleadingly wants to have its cake and get eaten too.
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.
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