I’m With Lucy (2002)

JON SHERMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/France, 2002.  Gaumont, Gaumont Production, Fabulous Films, Process Media.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Cute romantic comedy that is buoyed by ‘s first-rate lead performance. Lucy is viciously dumped by her seemingly perfect boyfriend (), then goes on five dates with different guys throughout the course of the year. Next thing we know, she’s getting married, but to find out which is the lucky guy we have to flash back and forth between all five dates in Sliding Doors fashion. There’s a charming, unlucky entomologist () who catches Lucy on a depressive drunken spree, a sexy Latino playwright () with whom things get carnal very quickly, a rough-mannered ex-baseball player () who talks too loud at a Vivaldi concert, a quirky but sweet software store manager () who likes her weird parents (, Julie Christie) and a wealthy and successful doctor () who shares a sunny vacation in Miami with her. All five dates are rife with bouncy dialogue and charming characters, and it is Potter’s incredible charisma that ties the whole thing up in a tidy bow. Lots of fun, the kind of movie you want to watch when you’re in the mood for something breezy but secretly also want to be surprised with quality.

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