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 boyfriend Dick (William Sage), Lucy is reminded of a long-ago pact she made with Joe: if neither is involved in a serious relationship by her rapidly approaching 30th birthday, they will commit suicide by jumping together off the Brooklyn Bridge. Then Jane comes to a show of Joe's artwork and he musters up the courage to ask her out, while Lucy begins dating Bwick Elias (Ben Stiller), an oddball artist who paints with his body parts. Only after Jane and Bwick turn out to be major disappointments do Joe and Lucy realize that they're perfect together -- and not in the platonic sense. Struggling independent filmmaker Schaeffer convinced Parker to take the female lead in If Lucy Fell when she hailed the cab he was driving.
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By: Eric Schaeffer
Written By: Eric Schaeffer
In Theaters: wide
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Sarah Jessica Parker
as Lucy Ackerman
Ben Stiller
as Bwick Elias
Elle Macpherson
as Jane Lindquist
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 Woman
Lisa Gerstein
as Saleswoman
Peter Walker
as Bag Man
Brad Jenkel
as Neighbor
Brian Keane
as Man in Gallery
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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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
New Yorker
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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If Lucy Fell should be a chore, and yet I kept catching myself having a good time.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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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.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
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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… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
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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… | December 31, 1999
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