The Incredible Jessica James is a 2017 American romantic comedy film written and directed by James C. Strouse. The film stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Noël Wells, Lakeith Stanfield, Megan Ketch and Zabryna Guevara. The film was released on Netflix on July 28, 2017.
The film opens with Jessica (Jessica Williams) on a date with a guy from Tinder where she details her recent split with her boyfriend Damon. Jessica is a fiercely independent woman who works with children as part of a theatre project.
Jessica’s best friend Tasha (Noël Wells) sets Jessica up on a blind date with Boone (Chris O’Dowd). The date gets off to a bad start when Jessica explains her recent split while Boone tells her of his recent divorce. The two hit it off unintentionally and wind up spending a night together.
The film then drifts to Jessica’s job at a children’s theatre workshop. All through this Jessica keeps dreaming about Damon in random situations. Jessica and Boone then agree to go for a walk, during which they admit that they obsessively follow their respective exes’ social media accounts. They agree to unfollow their own exes and follow each others’ instead, as a way of keeping tabs but from a distance.
From here they go on a number of dates and Jessica starts to fall for Boone. Sadly this all gets muddled when Jessica visits Boone unexpectedly and finds him in a compromised position with his ex wife. Boone tries to explain it but Jessica leaves hurt.
Jessica then focuses on her children’s theatre workshop and the film ends with Boone reuniting with Jessica just as she gets an offer to teach children and stage one of her plays in London. He offers to accompany her using his sky miles. Instead the final scene cuts to Jessica on a flight to London with Tasha and Shandra, who tease her about her boyfriend giving her free flights.
- Jessica Williams as Jessica James
- Chris O’Dowd as Boone
- Noël Wells as Tasha
- Lakeith Stanfield as Damon
- Megan Ketch as Mandy
- Zabryna Guevara as Mrs. Phillips
- Susan Heyward as Jerusa
- Will Stephen as Tinder Guy
- Anne Carney as Mrs. Taggart
- Taliyah Whitaker as Shandra
- Sarah Jones as herself
The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2017. On January 23, 2017, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film. The film was released on Netflix on July 28, 2017.
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