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Boy Meets Girl Review


Excellent

With a couple of big twists on the romantic-comedy genre, this gorgeous little film is almost impossible to resist. And that's precisely the point. With a topical theme, deeply likeable characters and some genuinely powerful ideas, the movie manages to be entertaining and provocative at the same time. Not only does it challenge the cultural bigotry we accept every day, but it encourages us to notice the important people all around us.

Set in Kentucky, the story centres on Ricky (Michelle Hendley), a young woman who still feels guilty over the death of her mother a decade earlier. She lives with her dad (Randall Newsome) and little brother (Joseph Ricci), and has a popular YouTube channel featuring her hand-made clothing designs. Her best pal is Robby (Michael Welch) who has stuck by her since they were 6 years old, and his friendship never wavered even as Ricky transitioned from a young boy into a teen girl. Yes, Ricky is transgender. And she's about to meet a neighbour, Francesca (Alexandra Turshen) who makes her look at herself in a very different way. And when Francesca's soldier fiance (Michael Galante) returns from Afghanistan, he sets in motion some important changes in all of their lives.

Writer-director Schaeffer maintains a lively rom-com vibe even though the film is essentially rather serious. The characters are genuinely hilarious, with barbed dialogue that refers knowingly to the absurdities of small town life, most notably the expectations people have that you'll get married and settle down to start a family. The film's sunny approach makes these pointed observations without ever turning too dark. For example, most people have accepted Ricky as part of the community, but that might be because many don't know about her identity issues. She's a beautiful young woman with a sharp sense of style and a snarky sense of humour.

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Howard McGillin, Victoria Clark, Corey Cott, Vanessa Hudgens, Dee Hoty, Steffanie Leigh, Eric Schaeffer, Heidi Thomas and Joashua Bergasse - Shots from the photocall at the Media day for the Broadway musical 'Gigi' which was held at the New 42nd Street Studios in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 22nd December 2014

Howard Mcgillin, Victoria Clark, Corey Cott, Vanessa Hudgens, Dee Hoty, Steffanie Leigh, Eric Schaeffer, Heidi Thomas and Joashua Bergasse
Howard Mcgillin, Victoria Clark, Corey Cott, Vanessa Hudgens, Dee Hoty and Steffanie Leigh
Howard Mcgillin, Victoria Clark, Corey Cott, Vanessa Hudgens, Dee Hoty and Steffanie Leigh
Victoria Clark, Vanessa Hudgens, Dee Hoty and Steffanie Leigh
Victoria Clark, Vanessa Hudgens, Dee Hoty and Steffanie Leigh
Vanessa Hudgens and Corey Cott

Eric Schaeffer, Heidi Thomas and Joshua Bergasse - Media day for the Broadway musical 'Gigi' held at the New 42nd Street Studios - Rehearsal at New 42nd Street Studios, - New York, New York, United States - Monday 22nd December 2014

Eric Schaeffer - James Moye, Eric Schaeffer and Victoria Matlock New York City, USA - The musical production of 'Million Dollar Quartet' celebrates their new home at the New World Stages with an after party held at Bowlmor Lanes. Thursday 28th July 2011

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Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster and Elizabeth Stanley on stage during their opening night curtain call for the Broadway musical 'Million Dollar Quartet' at the Nederlander Theatre Sunday 11th April 2010 Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley on stage during their opening night curtain call for the Broadway musical 'Million Dollar Quartet' at the Nederlander Theatre New York, USA

Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster and Elizabeth Stanley On Stage During Their Opening Night Curtain Call For The Broadway Musical 'million Dollar Quartet' At The Nederlander Theatre
Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster and Elizabeth Stanley On Stage During Their Opening Night Curtain Call For The Broadway Musical 'million Dollar Quartet' At The Nederlander Theatre
Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux and Hunter Foster On Stage During Their Opening Night Curtain Call For The Broadway Musical 'million Dollar Quartet' At The Nederlander Theatre
Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Corey Kaiser and Larry Lelli On Stage During Their Opening Night Curtain Call For The Broadway Musical 'million Dollar Quartet' At The Nederlander Theatre
Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster, Elizabeth Stanley, Levi Kreis, Robert Britton Lyons, Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Corey Kaiser and Larry Lelli On Stage During Their Opening Night Curtain Call For The Broadway Musical 'million Dollar Quartet' At The Nederlander Theatre
Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Mutrux, Hunter Foster and Elizabeth Stanley On Stage During Their Opening Night Curtain Call For The Broadway Musical 'million Dollar Quartet' At The Nederlander Theatre

Eric Schaeffer and David Loud - Eric Schaeffer & David Loud New York City, USA - The Signature Theater Cocktail Reception commencing the Kander & Ebb Celebration held at Angus McIndoe Wednesday 20th February 2008

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Eric Schaeffer, John Kander and Ann Reinking
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Never Again Review


Weak
From American Pie to Porky's, most sex comedies entice audiences with gorgeous juveniles, raging hormones, dirty humor, and lots of gratuitous nudity. Never Again twists the genre and buries the juvenile clichés...but, unfortunately, it isn't a pleasant change. All the sex stays, but the film replaces the juveniles with wrinkly senior citizens. I never thought I'd say this, but I'd much rather watch teens poking their genitals into fruit pies!

Indeed, it is truly as disgusting as it sounds: a sex comedy with old people. Yuk! The movie, on the other hand, argues that young people aren't the only sexually active people in society. That's true; I'm sure old people have sex all the time. Heck, they can screw three times a day for all I care. But please, for the love of God, keep it off the silver screen!

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Mind The Gap Review


Very Good
Pleasantly patching the lives of five disparate characters, Eric Schaeffer's Mind the Gap is a richly textured study of simple interconnections that weave a provocative emotional terrain without ever veering too far into overly sentimental soap operatic situations.

Sam (Eric Schaeffer) is a single father who purchased an egg off the internet to fulfill his paternal needs after being left at the altar a decade before. Malissa (Elizabeth Reaser) takes care of an invalid mother who is embittered by thoughts of the life she could have had if not becoming a mother. Jody (Jill Sobule) is a soulful singer/songwriter with a pacemaker who refuses to leaves the New York borough of Queens until she gets a gig in the big city. John (Charles Parnell) is undergoing separation anxiety from his young son, who now lives in New York with his mother and a new father figure. And Herb (Alan King) is a cranky old-timer on a mission to reach the highest point in Manhattan to relive what he and his brother loved about New York's past.

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Fall Review


Weak
Eric Shaeffer indulges his love for supermodels once again with Fall, a fairly lousy exercise in mental masturbation -- his cab driver somehow wooing married supermodel Amanda De Cadenet with his piss-poor attempts at wit and receding hairline. Schaeffer's not the only loser here; De Cadenet couldn't act her way off the catwalk. Despite a few decent lines of dialogue this is generally, really stupid.

If Lucy Fell Review


Excellent
1996 is shaping up to be a great year for comedy. If Lucy Fell is the fifth romantic comedy I've reviewed this year, and it is the fourth to get my [][][][] rating (no other genres have reached this high in 1996, according to my archives).

So, am I getting soft for romances? Maybe so, but the quality of American comedy writing really seems to be on the rise. If Lucy Fell was written, directed, and stars one of our most promising up-and-comers, Eric Schaeffer, whose docu-comedic first (independent) film, My Life's in Turnaround, was a sleeper hit in 1994.

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Eric Schaeffer Movies

Boy Meets Girl Movie Review

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Never Again Movie Review

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