Finding Bliss is a romantic comedy that explores the adult film industry through the eyes of idealistic 25 year-old award-winning film school grad, Jody Balaban (played by Leelee Sobieski), who moves to Hollywood with big dreams only to end up editing porn to pay her bills. Jody takes a job at Grind Productions, a profitable adult film company, where she is interviewed by the shrewd president of Grind, Irene Fox (played by Kristen Johnston). Irene seduced Jody into taking the job editing porn by believing she’ll be bringing her romantic female point of view to the adult material. Things get complicated when Jody is paired with porn director Jeff Drake (Matt Davis), a filmmaker who once had his own dreams of making ‘real’ films, but has given up on himself. In Jody, he sees the idealism he has lost, while Jody starts to embrace her sexuality as she gets aroused by the erotic material she is forced to watch. What follows is Jeff and Jody’s unlikely and heated pairing - as they work together, their love-hate battle of the sexes plays out against the provocative back-drop of the adult film business. A classic struggle between good girls and bad girls, art and commerce, idealism and selling out, Finding Bliss is a hilarious tale of self-discovery.
- Julie Davis
- Jamie Kennedy, Denise Richards, Leelee Sobieski, Matt Davis, Kristen Johnson
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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, 07.07.2010
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, 07.07.2010
It is particularly painful to watch Sobieski -- whose unnervingly symmetrical, Botticelli face and supernatural poise can't help but hold the screen -- put through the paces of Davis's almost unbearably labored script.Michelle Orange, Village Voice, 06.24.2010
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, 07.07.2010