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- 4 of 5 starsExcellent lockdown matinee fare with the magnificent Billy Crystal bringing some A List sparkle to a lovely indie piece. The prodigal son returns, finds a fun connection in an aging alcoholic, finds his voice again and confidence that the girl next door wasn't the one. This is a strangely comforting and ultimately optimistic film where protagonists die, don't get cliched resolution and have returned to the family bosom though failure rather than desire. Jason Schwartz isn't Dorothy, there is no place like home but if you're there despite doing everything you can not to click your heels, you can find solace, friendship, inspiration and a grounding to dust yourself down and go again. Sofa.
- 0.5 of 5 starsHad to turn it off after 30 minutes. To be fair, I gave it 30 minutes. It just couldn't stand up.
- 4 of 5 starsSo nice to see comedy legend Billy Crystal back on screen and this is a great movie, equally funny and reflective. A must watch! Bonus points for Ben Schwartz from Parks and Recreation!
- 5 of 5 starsDefinitely worth the watch! Lots of fun
- 5 of 5 starsI really enjoyed this movie start to finish. The writing was refreshing and the direction was on point! Most of all, I really wanna get a beer and smoke joint with Billy and Ben.
- 2.5 of 5 starsSurprisingly cheesy and generic, given the level of talent.
- 4.5 of 5 starsStanding Up, Falling Down is a beautifully crafted slice of life movie with a little bit of something for everyone. It's full of heart, thoughtful humor and genuine emotion. The movie was clearly nothing short of a true labor of love by all involved, and I hope it has a chance to touch a wide audience.
- 3.5 of 5 starsIt is difficult to write a review about a movie that has no heroes, no bad guys and no compelling reason for you to go see it. Quite possibly that is the reason that you might find this Limited Release movie about life and the realities of FAMILY, with all of its challenges and nuanced relationships, a compelling look behind the curtain of our contemporary society. Certainly the name of Billy Crystal on the marquee will guarantee that at least one of the characters has the ability to command your attention and deliver a promise of a realistic portrayal of whatever character he may become one with. The compelling reason you might wish to see this movie is because Mr. Crystal delivers no comedic lines in this movie designated, incorrectly, as a comedy. In a simplistic summary, Crystal's costar in the movie is played by a relatively unknown actor by the name of Ben Schwartz. Schwartz has just returned to his parents Long Island home after a failed 4 year attempt at becoming an established comedian in Los Angeles at the age of 34. He goes to a familiar local bar (one where everyone knows your name) and here he accidentally meets one of the more mature and very inebriated patrons in the men's room of the facility. That patron is Billy Crystal. The long and short of the story is that Crystal is a successful dermatologist whose life has endured the death of two wives, a son who blames his father for the death of his mother and a destructive reality of solace found in the bottom of a bottle. It is the bond of mutual failures that bring these two societal misfits together. This is a poignantly fascinating story of two lost souls finding solace in each others company. Will you like the movie? Probably not but you will benefit from a story that is fascinating in its realism and presentation of the frailties of humanity. Take a chance - Billy Crystal should be all of the excuse you might need to go and see the movie. That is why I went. Rating: L - D - U - C = Life Delivers Unexpected Challenges
- 4 of 5 starsWarm and charming movie