The unlikely friendship that kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A., forced to move back home with his tail between his legs, and a tragically flawed, but charming and charismatic, alcoholic dermatologist.
A comedy about the unlikely friendship that kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A., forced to move back home to Eastern Long Island with his tail between his legs, and a tragically flawed, but charming and charismatic, alcoholic dermatologist. Discovering to be kindred spirits, each helps the other find healing, in addition to the confidence to face the "failures" in their lives.Written by
Scott jokes in a stand-up performance that his dad saw The Revenant (2015) "and said, 'oh, I get it. I wanna fuck a bear.'" This is a reference to a widely discussed rumor, originating from a Drudge Report article published before the movie's release, that the film contained a scene in which Leonardo DiCaprio's character is raped by a bear, leading 20th Century Fox and DiCaprio to respond saying that there was no bear rape in the film, and that the scene in question depicted a female bear mauling him because she thought he was trying to harm her cubs. See more »
You don't have any friends out there?
No, not really. I mean, who makes new friends in their 30s?
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As good as buddy banter gets in a satisfying comedy-drama.
Disproving the old adage that you can't go home, Standing Up, Falling Down shows that laughs and sentiment can be a salve for the sadness of not making it in the big city. If you're a standup comedian like Scott (Ben Schwartz) and you can make them laugh at home, then you should come home: "Ford Fiesta - Why do they even CALL it that? I feel like it's never really a 'fiesta' inside. Right? It's just a car!" (Scott in standup mode)
Also, if you meet an aging dermatologist like Marty (Billy Crystal-never better), and the two of you can do friendly screwball comedy dialogue in regular conversation, then you made a great choice to come home. It's my long way around for saying this is a terrifically-satisfying comedy-drama in large part because these two are so well matched, like Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method.
Scott is running from big-city failure back home to face more failure as he regrets his breakup with Becky (Eloise Mumford) when he last left home (She has recently married an attorney). Yet he succeeds in making a lasting friendship with Marty and gaining a love prospect or two along the way.
Scott faces the indifference of his disappointed dad while Marty faces off an estranged son-both funny guys have issues familiar to most of their audiences. Dad's disappointment that Scott won't even work for his lumber yard, and Marty's estrangement from his son and, more importantly, grandson are the twin impediments to their lives being better every day (Marty: "Regret is the only thing that's real. It's why the good lord gave us weed and booze- numbing agents.").
The fact that both friends can mine the circumstances for laughs helps themselves and the film. I'm not sure currently you can have better bantering buddies in a film that explores real-life challenges.
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