If Lucy Fell (1996)
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This vanity project from writer, director, and star Eric Schaeffer is a romantic comedy about a pair of New Yorkers with a suicide pact. Joe MacGonaughgill (Schaeffer) is a painter and teacher who has been spying for years on Jane (Elle Macpherson), the gorgeous woman who lives across the alley, where she can be secretly observed undressing. Joe lives with Lucy Ackerman (Sarah Jessica Parker), a psychotherapist who's also his best friend. Suffering from her own relationship troubles with her
Mar 8, 1996 Wide
Jan 30, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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A bleak, annoyingly quirky Gen-X recasting of the When Harry Met Sally notion that true love is based on friendship.
All coy grins and daffy mugging, Mr. Stiller plays the role as if aspiring to become the Elliott Gould of his generation. Compared with jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, that's a reasonable goal.
If Lucy Fell is funnier more often than not, and when it's not being funny it's at least being strange. I'll take strange over what most major-distributor comedies are when they're not being funny.
There is an affectation that I find particularly annoying, and that is when people choose to perform at a level below their natural intelligence.
If Lucy Fell should be a chore, and yet I kept catching myself having a good time.
These writer-director-actors seem to want to make movies just so they can be cuddly in them.
Romantic comedy about loving the one in your heart instead of the one in your fantasies.
Eric Schaeffer is never more arrogant than with this one!
Schaeffer is the one who fells Lucy by casting himself in the male lead, then failing to convince anyone that either female lead could be attracted to his character.
If Lucy Fell has all the attributes of romantic comedy, including absolute predictability. The only surprise is that it also provides a mostly-enjoyable journey to its ultimate destination.
Schaeffer trips up, though, when he lets his philosophies get the better of him.
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