If Lucy Fell (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

If Lucy Fell (1996)



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Movie Info

Therapist Lucy Ackerman is nearing her 30th birthday. Depressed, she reminds her friend Joe of the promise they made -- if they hadn't found permanent mates by the Big 3-0 they would jump off the Brooklyn Bridge together. This off-beat romantic comedy chronicles the days leading up to the fateful moment.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Schaeffer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Sarah Jessica Parker
as Lucy Ackerman
Ben Stiller
as Bwick Elias
Elle Macpherson
as Jane Linquist
James Rebhorn
as Simon Ackerman
Eric Schaeffer
as Joe MacGonaughgill
Robert John Burke
as Handsome Man
Mujibur Rahman
as Counterman
Sirajul Islam
as Counterman
Ben Lin
as Chinese Messenger
Alice Spivak
as Elegant Middle-Aged ...
Lisa Gerstein
as Saleswoman
Peter Walker
as Bag Man
Brad Jenkel
as Neighbor
Brian Keane
as Man in Gallery
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Critic Reviews for If Lucy Fell

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

A bleak, annoyingly quirky Gen-X recasting of the When Harry Met Sally notion that true love is based on friendship.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's airy, fluffy and ultimately uninteresting.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Sadly, the story is nowhere as original as the details and performances.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

There is an affectation that I find particularly annoying, and that is when people choose to perform at a level below their natural intelligence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A disappointingly superficial romantic comedy. There's no chemistry between any of the characters. The acting is mediocre, with Schaeffer and Parker exhibiting no screen presence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for If Lucy Fell

I know it's not a great movie, but this is one i used to have on VHS when it first came out and just loved, so I have good memories of it, which have probably sent the rating up a star it doesn't deserve!
I recently picked it up on DVD after not seeing it in years, and still love it, even though I can see it is a bit silly in hindsight. This is a really nice role for Sarah Jessica (particularly when you look at some of the movies she is picking these days. Geez!). I also didn't realise a very young Scarlett Johansson is in this too with a small part!
Elle McPherson plays the same vapid pretty girl she always seemed to play around this era of her career (as with her character on Friends, I think was around the same time). Pretty face, wooden acting. Really not a fan, funny you don't see her these days. But I guess she suits the shallow Jane here.
Eric Schaffer as Joe is not all that well cast, actually kind of weird. (I think written that way, though). Still not annoying enough to put me off the movie! Also worth a look for a younger Ben Stiller - also better than anything he has been in recently (Fockers, anyone?).
Just a sweet, romantic little story which is a bit quirky. Undemanding viewing.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Generic and uninspired, If Lucy Fell is stereotypical rom-com tripe. The story follows two friends that make a death pact to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge if they haven't turned around their romantic fortunes in 28 days. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Eric Schaeffer, Ben Stiller, and Elle Macpherson, the cast is fairly good and gives decent performances. But the writing is extremely poor, and is just one cliche after another. If Lucy Fell is a by the book romantic comedy that has some charm, but no originality or heart.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Lucy has a terrible dull lovelife and lives as a single woman together with her roommate Joe. Lucy and Joe are best friends so they agree to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge if either of them aren't in a committed relationship within a month. This movie wasn't the best I've seen and it wasn't the worst either. Ben Stiller's character was hilarious and extremely weird in this movie and it gave a lot of laughs. This movie has a lot of talented actors in it and I thought this was what made the movie much better than it was.

Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

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