Mind the Gap

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A handful of New Yorkers with little in common cross one another's paths as they try to sort out their romantic and emotional troubles in this comedy drama from writer and director Eric Schaeffer. Sam Blue (Eric Schaeffer) is a single father who is raising a ten-year-old son, Rocky (Christopher Kovaleski), on his own. Rocky was conceived using an egg Sam purchased on the Internet; after being left at the altar by his fiancée, Sam isn't sure he can stand the pain of another romance, though Rocky wishes he could have a mom. Herb Schweitzer (Alan King) is an elderly man with a sour personality who has pledged to honor the memory of a deceased friend by walking from his apartment to a beach in Manhattan. However, the trip will cover many miles, and these days Herb can barely shuffle to the end of the block. Jody Buller (Jill Sobule) is an eccentric street musician who was given a pacemaker for her weak heart as a child. Jody is convinced this means a broken heart would be fatal, despite her doctor's efforts to convince her otherwise. Malissa Zubach (Elizabeth Reaser) is a young woman who dreams of traveling to other lands, but is stuck in a trailer home caring for her dying mother. Hoping to get a sense of the outside world, Malissa persuades pen pals across the globe to record audio tapes in public places so she can hear the places she wants to see. And John McCabe (Charles Parnell) is a man still struggling to come to terms with the collapse of his marriage, brought on by his own infidelity. Mind the Gap received its world premiere at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it received the Special Jury Award for Narrative Feature.


Kim Raver
as Vicki
Yolonda Ross
as Deniese
Todd Weeks
as Dr. Albertson
Deirdre Kingsbury
as Mother Zubach
Dolores MacDougal
as Woman on Street
Dolores McDougal
as Woman on Street
Pamela Reid
as Mrs. Trouchet
Richard J. Miller
as Dr. Richards
Lauren Schnipper
as Woman With Dog
Nicholas Kaufmann
as Boy on Bicycle
Hayley Joel
as NYC Pretty Young Girl
Dorothi Fox
as Grandma (Soul Food Restaurant)
Michael Isaiah Johnson
as Davis (Soul Food Restaurant)
Vera Farmiga
as Allison Lee
Lynne Matthew
as Mother Hollander
Timothy Moody
as Hollander Boy 1
Ahmed El Shaikh
as Hollander Boy 2
Michael Caruso
as Officer Frank Williams
Bernadette Drayton
as Rape Mother
Dannelle Johnson
as Rape Daughter
Tara Furcini
as Taco Bell Worker
Tom Wooler
as Baseball Father
Tommy Beeso
as Baseball Son
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Critic Reviews for Mind the Gap

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (7)

  • The coincidences are almost all supremely transparent and the characters gratingly quirky, two faults that committed acting almost redeems. But not quite.

    Dec 16, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • There are a couple of affecting moments here and there, but they are lost amid more than two snail-paced hours of often maudlin tedium.

    Nov 4, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
    Los Angeles Times
    Top Critic
  • You can see what's coming five minutes into the movie, but capable acting lends it a certain superficial charm.

    Nov 4, 2004
  • Warm-hearted but clear-eyed indie effort richly repays audience patience during deliberately paced and provocatively allusive early scenes with a cumulative emotional impact that is immensely satisfying.

    Nov 4, 2004

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • An overly ambitious, overly complex and overly long opus that bites off more than it can chew.

    Nov 1, 2004
  • Schaeffer, known for the quirky romantic comedies, goes a more serious route in this disappointing anthology of stories about love and forgiveness.

    Sep 24, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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