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
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
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 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
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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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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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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