Good Kisser

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    Good Kisser

    Directed by

    USA

    2019

    75 min

    • English

    Romance

    Hoping to add a little spice to their two-year romance, Seattleites Jenna and Kate open up their relationship to an alluring and enigmatic stranger, only for it to expose the cracks in their foundation.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Rachel Paulson
    Kari Alison Hodge
    Julia Eringer
    Carter Rodriquez
    Courtney McCullough
    Screenplay
    Wendy Jo Carlton
    Cinematography
    Ryan Purcell
    Editing
    Justine Gendron
    Music
    Alex Guy
    Production
    JUICY PLANET PICTURES

    Press

    Good Kisser is a psychological drama to see who fails first. The chemistry between the leading actresses helps the story play perfectly, and you’re left mesmerized and upset, because films like this should never end.

    Ulkar Alakbarova, Let The Movie Move Us

    A complex, and at times steamy, portrait of a relationship on the cusp of change, Good Kisser is worth puckering up to.

    Courtney Small, Cinema Axis

    Good Kisser is a fresh, sexy perspective on discovering more about yourself, and an exploration of how things aren’t always what they seem.

    Imaginary Amie, Three Imaginary Girls

    All three actresses are phenomenally convincing here, and I applaud being able to see lesbian romance and sex through a female gaze. Kisser’s director and writer Wendy Jo Carlton also keeps you guessing about which way things are going to go through the end, and then leaves you with a hopeful question mark.

    Imaginary Amie, Three Imaginary Girls

    What I liked most about this movie was the intimate awkwardness and the stumbling authenticity that you don't normally find in a sex fueled comedy but then again this movie really doesn't fit any of the norms you might be expecting anyway. Wendy Jo Carlton's latest creation is very intentional in giving the audience something different but showing it in a way that is so relatable and familiar that you can't help but get emotionally invested.

    Marc Morin, TwoOhSix

    Good Kisser is a unique sort of relationship drama because it takes the “hook-up” or “one night stand” narrative to another level of emotional complexity.

    Andrew Parker, The Gate

    Wendy Jo Carlton

    Wendy Jo Carlton

    USA

    Wendy Jo Carlton directed her first feature, HANNAH FREE, starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless in 2009. Carlton wrote/directed her second feature, JAMIE & JESSIE ARE NOT TOGETHER a lesbian romantic musical, which AfterEllen gave glowing reviews. Her lesbian dramedy web series, EASY ABBY (2012-2018), has received 50 million views for two seasons, and is available on LGBTQ platform REVRY. GOOD KISSER (2019) is Carlton’s third feature film selected at Seattle IFF 2019. Carlton was a recipient of the Navona Fellowship from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she earned an MFA in Moving Image. Her award-winning short films have screened internationally, including at The American Film Institute and Sundance. Carlton founded a media literacy and filmmaking program for teen girls called Chicks make Flicks, and is committed to community collaboration.