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KISSING JESSICA STEIN (R)

This is a romantic comedy with a lesbian twist, based on the play 'Lipschtick' by Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen. It's about a disappointed single woman named Jessica (Westfeldt) who answers a personals ad placed by another woman, Helen (Juergensen). Jessica approaches the relationship as if it were a Lesbianism 101 term project and flusters the less neurotic Helen. Audiences in turn may be flustered by the film's tightrope walk between cleverness and cuteness. It does seem overly confident in a winsome charm it doesn't possess, especially when Westfeldt's Jessica comes on like a minor league Diane Keaton. (Pat Holmes)

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MONSOON WEDDING (R)

Mira Nair ('Salaam Bombay!') directs this swirling, big-hearted celebration of family and Delhi, India. Too funny to be called a drama, too serious to be called a comedy, this is a movie of marriages Ñ marriages of families, of generations, of styles, of cultures. 'Monsoon Wedding' gradually makes us part of its extended family Ñ inviting us in, making us feel at home and embracing us. (PH)

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THE SCORPION KING (PG-13)

The Rock isn't bad as the title character in this spinoff of 'The Mummy' franchise. He has an undeniable on-screen charisma, and he (thankfully) only pulls his signature eyebrow raise once. But not even this rippling mass of muscles can save a flick that feels like it was cobbled together from marginally better movies such as 'Conan the Barbarian' and 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.' (Dawn Taylor)

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SON OF THE BRIDE (R)

When Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darin) Ñ a 42-year-old, divorced, stressed-out workaholic Ñ has a heart attack, it gives him a reason to re-examine his priorities. Although his first thought is to escape, alone, to Mexico, he comes to appreciate the role he plays in the lives of his girlfriend, his daughter, and, especially, his parents. First with reluctance and then with more enthusiasm, Rafael agrees to help his father give his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother the only thing he ever denied her: a church wedding. 'Son of the Bride' is an affectionate film (and a 2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film) that deserves a look. (DT)

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Y TU MAMç TAMBIƒN (AND YOUR MOTHER, TOO) (NR)

If you think Hollywood has a monopoly on raunchy teen movies, try on this import from Mexico for size. Chock-full of graphic sex, drug use and four-letter lingo, this was a big crowd-pleaser at this year's Portland International Film Festival. As tender as it is tasteless, the story follows two teen-age boys who go on a road trip with an older woman who teaches them lessons in love and life. Directed by Alfonso Cuar—n, whose previous credits include the family film 'A Little Princess.' (Stephen Blair)

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