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If Lucy Fell (1996)

Joe and Lucy are roommates and best friends. Lucy, whose love life is embarrassingly dull, convinces Joe, who is infatuated with a neighbor he's never met, that if they don't have stable ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Ackerman
Handsome Man
Michael Storms ...
Jason Myers ...
Mujibur Rahman ...


Joe and Lucy are roommates and best friends. Lucy, whose love life is embarrassingly dull, convinces Joe, who is infatuated with a neighbor he's never met, that if they don't have stable romances within a month, they must jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. Written by Bob Amaden <rumpus@minn.net>

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A comedy for the romantically challenged.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fille d'en face  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Emily Hart's film debut. See more »


When Lucy looks at the calendar at the end of the movie she sees the final day and the painting is to the side. She doesn't move it before she leaves, but when the return shot shows the painting it is moved to block the final day. See more »


Man in Gallery: [Lucy and Bwick are on a date and are sitting outside. A man walks up them ringing a bell] Ring the bell. Make a wish. Twenty dollars.
[Bwick gives the man money and rings the bell. He hands it to Lucy]
Lucy Ackerman: [Lucy rings the bell. She clothes her eyes as she rings the bell. She looks behind her and sees a taxi] IT WORKED! Thanks.
[she gives the man back the bell and runs to the taxi. Bwick takes his money back from the man]
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Chopin Minuet #1 in Db
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Marcus Barone
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One of my favorite romantic comedies....ever
15 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

O.K. Stop Here...... You've read this far and it seems every other review is negative, right? Why? Because people are idiots. Well, not all of you. Some people just don't have a romantic or sentimental bone in their body I guess. What's with all the snivelling comments about unbelievable plot twists and Joe's clothes of all things. It's called suspension of reality folks. Get over your practical self and let yourself be silly for a little while - you rented the freakin' movie didn't you? And one other thing - this movie isn't trying to be "Something About Mary" OR "Sex in the City". You know why??? Because it came out before either or them....DUH. Allright, enough venting.

I LOVED THIS MOVIE SO MUCH I GOT THE DVD. I want to watch it every 6 months of my life until I die. Well, maybe not that much. First of all, Joe is hilarious. He made me laugh like a 6th grade school girl every time he opened his mouth. He was as funny as Jim Carey in "Liar Liar". Why he's not on the big screen more is one of life's great mysteries. Sarah Jessica Parker is as cute as ever, and yeah her character is a little annoying, but she's supposed to be. It was in the script. If she was perfect, Joe would have fallen for her long ago. And Ben Stiller's character was off the wall. My wife and I love the scene where he's trying to impress Lucy with his "art=life=symbolic" piece. God, that's classic Ben Stiller humor. The characters are wrapped inside a good story too. Not your average "coulda seen that coming from a mile away" big studio hollywood crap. It has some twists that you don't see coming. Well, I didn't see them all at least.

I think I'm done. Sorry for the attitude before.

Yes this movie has a sappy ending, but it has a great soundtrack, an independent-film feel, it doesn't try to do too much, it develops it's characters and you care for them (except Elle McPherson's - who we're not supposed to like anyway) and it has a sappy ending. Oh wait, I wrote that already. I love sappy endings. Touching, sappy, romantic endings that make you want to BE one of the characters. As good an end as "Harry Met Sally". What more can I say - Eric Schaeffer created a gem here.

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