Mind the Gap
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEric Schaeffer
Produced by
Written byEric Schaeffer
Music byVeigar Margeirsson
CinematographyMarc Blandori
Edited byMitchel Stanley
Terence Michael Productions
Distributed bySky Island Films
Release date
  • March 13, 2004 (2004-03-13) (SXSW)
Running time
134 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$10,637[1]

Mind the Gap is a 2004 American multi-story comedy-drama film, written and directed by Eric Schaeffer. The film moves back and forth between five separate stories that interconnect with each other by the end of the film. The film stars Elizabeth Reaser, Eric Schaeffer, Jill Sobule, Charles Parnell, John Heard, Vera Farmiga, and Alan King in his last film role.


Five New Yorkers come to terms with the bitter-sweet reality of life in this collection of intertwined stories. Single dad Sam (Eric Schaeffer) struggles to raise his son; elderly Herb (Alan King) honors a deceased friend with a perilous act; musician Jody (Jill Sobule) worries what heartache will do to her pacemaker; free-spirited Malissa (Elizabeth Reaser) cares for her sick mother; and John (Charles Parnell) reels from his failed marriage.



The film was written and directed by Eric Schaeffer, who also stars in the film. It was produced by Terence Michael, Chip Hourihan, Bob Kravitz and Noel Ashman. The film was distributed by Sky Island Films, Showtime Networks and 111 Pictures, and was premiered at South by Southwest on March 13, 2004. It was later released in New York on September 24, 2004. Most of the film was shot in Vermont, including the North Carolina scenes and most of the interiors. Exterior shots were also filmed in New York City and Tucson, Arizona.


Box office

The film made $5,503 in its opening weekend, after being released to one theater screen in New York City. Mind the Gap went on to gross a total of $10,637 domestically, from the limited release in the United States.[1]

Critical response

The film received generally mixed reviews from film critics. Mind the Gap holds a 59% approval rating on aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 17 critical reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10.[2] On Metacritic the film scored a 46 out of 100 rating, based on 10 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3] Joe Leydon of Variety wrote: "Warm-hearted but clear-eyed indie effort richly repays audience patience during deliberately paced and provocatively allusive early scenes with a cumulative emotional impact that is immensely satisfying."[4]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "An overly ambitious, overly complex and overly long opus that bites off more than it can chew."[5] Ella Taylor of LA Weekly gave a positive review, writing: "You can see what's coming five minutes into the movie, but capable acting lends it a certain superficial charm."[5] Anita Gates of The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Schaeffer takes his time cryptically setting up his characters' situations in the film. When they finally start moving toward one another and revealing their secrets, the revelations flow like diet soda. The improbable ending is oddly satisfying. But don't ask moviegoers to believe that Sam and Malissa would both find parking spaces right in front of Lenox Hill Hospital."[6]


  1. ^ a b "Mind the Gap". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Mind the Gap (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mind the Gap". Metacritic. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Leydon, Joe (March 24, 2004). "Review: 'Mind the Gap'". Variety.
  5. ^ a b "Mind the Gap Review". Rotten Tomatoes. November 1, 2004.
  6. ^ Gates, Anita (September 24, 2004). "Five Lives Destined to Converge". The New York Times.