I 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 stars
Surprisingly cheesy and generic, given the level of talent.
4.5 of 5 stars
Standing 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 stars
It 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