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I'm With Lucy
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by Carina Hoskisson

"A romantic comedy that is truly both"
4 stars

I rented Iím with Lucy just so that I could give it a good slapping. I love ripping romantic comedies apart. Then I watched the movie. Why isnít this more popular? Why had I never heard of it? When I saw the DVD in the rental store I picked it up thinking it was a straight to video clunker, how wrong I was. Iím With Lucy is clever, charming, and not a bad way to spend a romantic evening.

Lucy, our heroine, is a disaster at dating. After a particularly bad (and very funny) breakup, friends set Lucy up with five men on five blind dates. The dates span different points in a year of Lucyís dating life. Weíre told that she is going to marry one of these men. By reliving their dates we may try to ascertain which one Lucy will marry. Yes, the device could be little annoying. However, I wasnít positive which date Lucy would choose. That says a lot about this film. You canít say that of any Julia Roberts movie.

The dialogue was snappy but not too much so. The film color drenched, but not cloying. Editing was fast paced and humorous. Technically, Iím With Lucy is an independent. In the vein of all good independents, Lucy was made with attention to detail and an understanding of the audience. Itís a ballsy romantic comedy that entertains and respects an audience.

What surprised me most were the high quality actors who provided great performances in this film. First, Lucy. Monica Potter has a pretty rotten track record at the movies (Patch Adams, Head Over Heels.) With Lucy, Potter has finally found a role that suits her. There is one scene in an elevator where Lucy realizes that she has made a terrible mistake. As the elevator moves down the floors, Potter manages a hundred different emotions, all of them true.
Even if you hate Potter, you canít deny the rest of the talent. The endearing John Hannah as a recently divorced entomologist is sweet and genuine. Gael Garcia Bernal, always steamy, stays steamy. My personal favorite date was Bobby. Anthony LaPaglia can be so slimy and charming at the same time, perfect for Bobby. LaPaglia and Potter play well off each other. Barry may be one of the best roles for Henry Thomas in his adult career. Thomas gets great dialogue and a worthy sparring partner in Potter. David Boreanaz (who got top billing, go figure) gets good points as the perfect date.
Harold Ramis can always be counted on. Ramis and Julie Christie portray Lucyís parents: meddling, loving, lifetime New Yorkers. Robert Klein even makes an appearance.

Iím With Lucy isnít a great movie. But itís a good movie that deserved a bigger audience. I donít understand why a movie like Maid in Manhattan (which lacked one iota of romance) and Two Weeks Notice (which featured zero chemistry between the leads) can become worldwide blockbusters, and this little movie canít find an audience. I watched the trailer included in the DVD. No wonder the movie tanked. The trailer was awful. Another example of the Marketing Department dooming a decent movie with a terrible campaign. Iím With Lucy premiered at The Deauville film festival in France, made an appearance at the AFI festival, and (sadly) closed soon afterwards.

If youíre looking for a movie with well-written dialogue, lush cinematography and with some true romance, rent Iím With Lucy. Itís a gem of a movie.

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2/11/06 Richard Simons beautiful romantic comedy!!! 5 stars
10/26/05 Angelina Henderson This was a superb movie! It was delightful and funny, in a world filled with drama, what a 5 stars
6/28/05 chimera Funny and endearing. Potter, Hannah and LaPaglia rock. 4 stars
6/23/04 Anne If you like romantic comedies you will love this, i promise you not be "very sorry" 5 stars
5/20/04 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng A "guess-who-gets-the-girl" type rom com. I love it! 5 stars
4/15/04 Mar Sta 2 stars
4/05/04 Angie love this movie good laugh and great ending 5 stars
2/12/04 viewer B Deserved a film release, a winning rent 4 stars
1/08/04 HorrorScribbler A way above average chick flick. Scene where Lucy gets dumped is priceless. 5 stars
11/30/03 Jen SO sweet, SO endearing, funny and Henry Thomas is hot! 5 stars
8/24/03 Emily A good solid rental 4 stars
7/29/03 Anneliese I absolutely love this movie and really enjoyed trying to figure out who she'd marry! 5 stars
7/21/03 Laura A well scripted and acted, entertainingly witty movie! 5 stars
6/26/03 Sam Great Movie, Cute Ending 4 stars
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