Prairie Miller,
“Part updated urban fairy tale, part unconventional romantic comedy, Falling For Grace is a gentle and bittersweet story that pays whimsical homage to its twin genre roots, but never allows those vintage origins to get in the way of the wit, warmth and wisdom of its narrative”
“Wonderfully anchored by symbolic socioeconomic elements borrowed from Cinderella and its Chinese folkloric version…Falling for Grace weaves those components into the story as it touches on immigrant dreams and disappointments, worker exploitation, and class conflicts both within society and families. And yet always allowing the by turns humorous and richly rewarding story, even if on the predictable side, to sweetly unfold according to its own spontaneous dramatic rhythms.”
Huffington Post
Falling for Grace: Clever Rom-com Debut Flirts with Commercial World
By. S.T. Vanairsdale
“Amid Tribeca 2006’s narrative features, Fay Ann Lee’s Falling for Grace stands out as both a legitimately funny (if heavily contrived) romantic comedy and a dynamic glimpse of ethnic and class stratification in New York City. And although she may be the first filmmaker to run a sweatshop indictment through the prism of a Cinderella story, writer/director/star Lee tweaks rom-com conventions with an assuredness that belies her status as a first-time filmmaker.”
“… winning performances from Lee, Ken Leung and a scene-stealing Margaret Cho…”
New York Magazine,
Tribeca By The Numbers – By Logan Hill
“26. That’s the number of wildly uneven films by New York filmmakers in the ‘New York, New York’ competition. Tread carefully and start with these 2 - Falling for Grace (a.k.a. East Broadway) stars writer-director Fay Ann Lee as a city girl romping through a sprightly Chinatown romantic comedy with Gale Harold and Margaret Cho…”
Scott Hoffman,
The New York Critic,
“A very sweet and original romantic comedy, Falling For Grace is the next “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
“If Fay Ann Lee becomes well heard of enough, she could become the Chinese Julia Roberts. She has a lot of charm and does slap-stick very well. But that’s not all. She also wrote and directed the movie on top of starring in it. Pretty impressive.”
“The film also has a wonderful supporting cast including Margaret Cho as Grace’s best friend who falls for a co-worker after he takes her to see ‘Mamma Mia’ on Broadway. The scene is hysterical.”
Premiere Magazine,
Tribeca Films Up Close – By Sara Brady
“Lee brings a fresh twist to the tired structure [of romantic comedies] by setting her story predominantly in New York’s Chinatown among minimum-wage immigrants and their Americanized children. It’s not particularly difficult to see where the story’s going, but knowing what comes next makes up much of the reliable satisfaction of a romantic comedy.”
Sara Brady, Premiere Magazine
about Gale Harold: … Lee “certainly has a formidable romantic foil in Harold, who has charm to spare… Clem Cheung, Elizabeth Sung and Ken Leung all turn in sensitive and involving performances as Grace’s parents and brother.”
Tim Plant, Metro Weekly,
Washington, D.C.
“If you’re a sucker for romantic comedies, “Falling For Grace” is a perfect fit…
A cinematic tapestry of romance and laughter.”
Genre Magazine
Tribeca Film Festival Special
By Chris Ciompi
“Margaret Cho is freakin’ as the best friend and Gale Harold looks amazing (duh, again) as Ms. Lee’s love interest who’s modeled after JFK, Jr. Solid acting and writing make for a feel-good 100 minutes.
Grade: A-”
Hollywood Reporter,
Bites At The Apple
by Gregg Goldstein
“As the Tribeca Film Festival celebrates it fifth anniversary, organizers are looking to present even more works that reflect New York’s diverse culture. Following are four notable films from various sections of this year’s festival: Falling for Grace. In Charge: First-time writer/producer/director/star, Fay Ann Lee…”
Terry Brejla,
San Francisco Arts & Literature
“A wonderful little romantic comedy, “Falling For Grace” has been playing
on a few select screens…Everyone who sees it loves it…
The film is from triple threat actor/director/screenwriter, Fay Ann Lee.
She’s going to be a major presence in the world of independent film.”
Chuck Jaffee,
The Union, Nevada County, CA
“Audience Falls for Unique Vision of American Dream…
I recommend “Falling For Grace”for two reasons: the American Dream
and audience reaction to the film…. found it refreshing
to have a film they would want to see with their 14 year old daughter.”