"You have probably never heard of it before, but this movie was certainly a sleeper hit. While supporting himself as a cab driver in NYC, Eric Shaeffer wrote this film. Starring himself, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Elle MacPherson, it is the story of 2 best friends, Joe and Lucy, who are both going nowhere with their love lives. They made a pact in college that if neither had found their soulmate and gotten married by Lucy's 30th birthday they would jump off the Brooklyn Bridge together. The big 3-0 for Lucy is right around the corner, so it's time for them to both get on the ball. They set out to find their special someone and hilarity follows. The soundtrack is provided by Marry Me Jane and makes for a wonderful backdrop. An absolute must-see."
Off its Beat
T. Jones-Yelvington | Chicago | 11/14/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a classic case of trying to hard.In his attempt to create a decidedly off-beat romantic comedy, director/writer/actor Schaeffer has forgotten the basic rules of creating a well structured, engaging plot. "If Lucy Fell" has hilarious -- perhaps even side-splitting moments. But that's all the film has -- a series of disconnected moments, some funny, some just odd -- all lacking in any real cohesiveness. The relationship between Sarah Jessica Parker and Eric Schaeffer's characters is marked by a cold sterility. They are completely without chemistry. What seems to be the director's attempt at creating a friendship beyond words has succeeded only in creating a friendship that loses our interest and causes us to send the remote careening toward our television. In addition, Schaeffer himself is gross and unappealing. We are almost embarassed to watch him desecrate his own attempt at a character. The story's culmination -- the realization of these friends' romantic feelings for one another -- is ridiculous and unearned. The revelation comes out of nowhere, both figuratively and literally. The film's most glaring example of poor writing occurs in a scene where Sarah Jessica Parker's Lucy engages in a monologue -- the movie's only monologue -- in which she suddenly and quite randomly comes to the conclusion that she has always been in love with Schaeffer's character. This event is not influenced by the film's other events, as it would be in any tightly constructed narrative, but materializes out of thin air.The result is an audience left feeling bored and confused.This is a movie w/ great comedic potential. It is too bad the story is far too inaccessible for this potential to be realized."
WHEN JOE MET LUCY
VIDEO ROBOT | Melbourne, Australia | 06/01/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you're into predictable 90's romantic comedies, this is one of the better ones. There are some really nice moments in this film and at certain points it is very funny.However the film is often unconvincing and certain developments seem unprovoked.Some of the diolgue is pretty corny, but most of it is well written, sencire and personal."
If Lucy Fell
mr-kricket | United States | 01/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Regardless of what the Editorial reviews may say, this movie was truly inspired. It was a sweet, quirky romance that involved many odd, hilarious, and human characters. An artist(Joe)who moons over the girl next door, and the therapist(Lucy)afraid of getting too close to anyone. Best friends in a death pact if they do not find meaningful relationships by the time Lucy turns 30. The emotional battles that they both overcome to get to the final wrap-up at the end are touching, aggravating, and spectacular. One of the few movies in which I have enjoyed Sarah Jessica Parker's performance. Eric Schaeffer did a wonderful job writing, directing, and starring. This amazing movie was sadly overlooked."
Great off-beat romantic comedy, a quirky feel-good film.
email@example.com (Lynda Gi | Charleston, WV | 04/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eric Shaeffer once again takes quirky, off-beat characters and makes you fall in love with them while being fascinated as to what they will do next. Shaeffer is brilliant as a quirky artist who is obsessed with a girl he sees only through windows while watching her with binoculars, and Parker is great as his roomate intent upon fulfilling a college promise for both of them to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge if they don't each find love by the time they reach 30. Ben Stiller also makes an appearance as a funny, scattered, mono-syllabic artist who dates Parker. The fun in watching this movie is to see how Shaeffer's and Parker's characters weave around these other people, and eventually find what they are looking for in each other. Great cast, great characters, a movie you will want to watch again and again because it just makes you feel good."