Just Looking (1999)
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A wacky screwball sex comedy for the kids and grandpa too? Seinfeld's Jason Alexander makes his directorial debut with this gentle but funny coming-of-age story set in 1955 about Lenny (Ryan Merriman), a 14-year-old from the Bronx who is dedicated to witnessing a copulating couple. His early attempts at spying on his mom and her new corpulent husband Polinsky are thwarted when he is sent to live with his aunt Norma and uncle Phil in Queens for the summer. He soon learns that Norma is pregnant. No sex. All looks lost until he meets Hedy (Gretchen Mol), a fetching though lovelorn night nurse. Lenny also befriends the equally randy John, who informs him that he has started a sex club with a couple of neighborhood gals. Though the club is all talk, they all discuss the mechanics of coital engagement with language that is equal parts gutter and sex-ed. Meanwhile, as Lenny spies on Hedy, he inadvertently befriends her. Together they muse about the complexities of love and wistfully remember their respective dead fathers. Just Looking is a sweet-minded film about the great mystery of the teenaged years. … More
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Gretchen Mol is intriguing.
I really enjoyed this movie. I was a good coming of age story and the acting was really good. Just a cute movie to see.
An unintentionally hilarious coming of age story from director Jason Alexander! 14 year old Ryan Merriman vows to see two people having sex during summer vacation. He tries spying on family members, but settles for neighbor Gretchen Mol. Words cannot describe the awkwardness of this film. Rent it!
Just Looking Quotes
|Hedy:||Let me see if you slice ham as well as you do bologna.|
|Lenny:||I don't think women in the Bronx have periods.|
|Lenny:||My father always said, make the best of what you got.|
|Lenny:||Just because a kid's story sounds hard to believe, doesn't mean it never happened.|
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