I checked out Missed Connections tonight at The 2012 Sarasota Film Festival Day 7. Missed Connections was co-written and directed by Martin Snyder on what he described before the screening as a shoe-string budget.
To set up the film in the simplest of terms, like three words – this indie feature is best described as (drumroll please) Girl Meets Boy. Adding a little more of a structured description, which was sent to me by Mickey Sumner’s press agent, we have:
Josh (Jon Abrahams) is a cocksure techie working in a corporate I.T. department when he meets Lucy (Mickey Sumner), an up and coming lawyer looking for Mr Right. When Lucy encounters a handsome stranger outside of the office, she decides to place an ad in an online Missed Connections site in the hopes of finding true love. But when Josh intercepts the message and, with the help of his friends, undertakes a plot to steer Lucy into his own arms, things get complicated in a hurry. MISSED CONNECTIONS is lighthearted fun, a truly independent comedy for the age of online romance.
Got all that? How about a bit more?
Lucy (played by Mickey Sumner), is a tall and willowy blonde. When we meet her at a New York law firm called Milstein Gray, she and a gal pal are discussing their misfortunes in recent dates. Seems that neither has had much luck of late. Lucy talks about this rotten state of affairs, or lack thereof, with a rather intelligent and memorable line of thought, which includes ‘… the soft bigotry of lowered expectations…‘.
In short, Lucy hasn’t expected much from the guys that she’s gone out with recently. And the guys have definitely lived up, or is it down, to those expectations.
But Lucy is on the move. She’s transferring to London , and she’s only got a few days left. Then, with her belongings packed into a box, she leaves the office, and bumps into this well dressed, and sophisticated guy Peter played by Jamie Belman) – only no names and no numbers are exchanged. But there was a strong attraction on both sides.
She calls her friend and describes the event. Then the friend says why not post to ‘Missed Connections’ a website where messages like “…Saw you on the 4 train heading uptown Thursday at 700 PM. We made eye contact. You were in a navy suit, and I was wearing a black track suit. You got off at 86th street. Please contact me.”