Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Musical about unrequited love
Alternate Titles: Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together
Year: 2011
Duration: 95 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Wendy Jo Carlton
Writer: Wendy Jo Carlton
Starring: Jacqui Jackson, Jessica London-Shields, Fawzia Mirza, Marika Engelhardt, Laura Chernicky, Chris Meister, Jen LaForte, Kate Lane, Suzy Brack, Anita Nicole Brown, J. Lance Williams, Delicia Dunham, Sapna Kumar, Steven James Price, Sienna Harris

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Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together … a musical, a story of unrequited love, and a bit of a disappointment from director Wendy Jo Carlton (Hannah Free).

Jamie (Jacqui Jackson) and Jessie (Jessica London-Shields) are Chicago roommates, and the film follows the angst of Jessie when Jamie decides to move to New York to follow her dream of making it big on Broadway. The two seem to be a perfect fit, and everyone assumes that they are a couple, but Jamie is a no commitment kind of girl who sleeps with the very hot Rhonda (Fawzia Mirza) off and on.

Jessie goes on a series of very funny blind dates to try to make Jamie jealous, but she just doesn’t get it. It’s not until the end when it is too late that the reality seems to hit Jamie.

Jackson as Jamie is very cute in the role, but there’s nothing to indicate much about why Jessie is an interesting character on her own. As viewers, we are given little to interest us in either character to make us care about whether they are happy or not.

I did not realize that the film was going to be a musical, but thank goodness that it was. I felt like it was dipping down into the area of a not-very-good lesbian romance when the musical numbers popped up. The singing is not fabulous, but entertaining. The musical scenes are a fun way for the characters to express what’s going on in their hearts and minds. (AB)