If Lucy Fell

on March 08, 1996 by Christine James
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Had the male protagonist at least an iota of charisma, this romantic comedy might have sparked. Unfortunately, writer/director Eric Schaeffer ("My Life's in Turnaround") makes for an unlikely leading man. It's implied that his character, artist Joe MacGanaughgill, is witty, talented, funny, sensitive and cute, but he comes off as primarily superficial, unwarrantedly cocky and wholly unappealing. Sarah Jessica Parker ("Miami Rhapsody") as his platonic roommate Lucy, a goofy but attractive and intelligent therapist, has sexy silliness down pat, but the writing of the character dooms her to be annoying in her purposeful idiosyncrasy.
   The story is propelled by a pact between Joe and Lucy stipulating that, if neither has found a mate by Lucy's fast-impending 30th birthday, the two will jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. But neither act as though they will really go through with the act, thereby deflating any tension that plot device was intended to create.
   The one highlight is Ben Stiller ("Reality Bites") as Lucy's suitor, Bwick, an eccentric, self-serious artist whose passions are exceeded only by his peculiarities. Elle Macpherson ("Sirens") is skin-deep as Jane, Joe's long-time lust object. Ultimately, Schaeffer is the one who fells "Lucy" by casting himself in the male lead, then failing to convince anyone that either female lead could be attracted to his character. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Eric Schaeffer, Ben Stiller and Elle Macpherson. Directed and written by Eric Schaeffer. Produced by Steve Stabler, Brad Krevoy and Brad Jenkel. A TriStar release. Romantic comedy. Rated R for language and some sexuality. Running time: 93 min.
Tags: Sarah Jessica Parker, Eric Schaeffer, Ben Stiller and Elle Macpherson. Directed and written by Eric Schaeffer. Produced by Steve Stabler, Brad Krevoy and Brad Jenkel. A TriStar release. Romantic comedy, eccentric, self-serious, cute, superficial
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