Synopsis by Mark Deming
Just how bad are things going to get for Emily Hall (Dedee Pfeiffer)? At 28, she's finally finished her first novel only to see it rejected by every publisher to whom it's submitted. However, this is small potatoes compared to her personal life. She's just broken up with her long-term boyfriend (Eric Close) who can't commit to a permanent relationship. Her best friend Amber (Laura Leighton) is moving to Mexico after being offered an acting job south of the border. And her mother (Teri Garr) has given her some very interesting news. Even though Emily has been told for years that her father is dead, it seems mother was lying and Dad is alive, well, and an aging hippie named Yogi (Howard Hessman) who wants to meet his daughter. Soon, Emily has sunk into such a deep depression that she cheers herself up by imagining her own death. Desperate to take her mind off her problems, Emily volunteers at a local hospital and makes friends with an elderly patient, Mr. Finch (Burt Remsen), who helps her to gain a new perspective on life. The Sky Is Falling features cameo appearances from Chris Elliot and Sean Astin, and was shown at the 1999 South by Southwest Film Festival.