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Standing Still (2005)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 14

This coming-of-age film's young, attractive cast helps to mitigate the stultifying dialogue and uninspired direction.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

This coming-of-age film's young, attractive cast helps to mitigate the stultifying dialogue and uninspired direction.



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When a diverse group of lifelong friends comes together to celebrate the marriage of devoted couple Elise (Amy Adams) and Michael (Adam Garcia), the mixed-up relationships of the past pave the road to a weekend no one is likely to soon forget in the feature debut from filmmaker Matthew Cole Weiss. The setting is Los Angeles, CA, and the event is the wedding between a man and a woman who always seemed destined to be together. Unfortunately, all relationships can't be as healthy as Elise and


Drama, Comedy

Timm Sharp, Matthew Perniciaro

Jun 27, 2006

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The Swiss-quartz comic timing of the film's ensemble cast makes its neurotic characters more compelling than your average cinematic slackers.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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This is a hit and miss romantic comedy with a few solid laughs and some pretty smart dialogue.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Don't send a gift. Send your regrets. This is one wedding invitation that can clearly, safely be declined.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The aptly named Standing Still, about postcollegiate 20-somethings, has the dramatic momentum of a daisy-picking toddler.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Relentlessly shallow.

April 21, 2006
New York Post
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A movie as inert as its title.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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...a progressively endearing effort that boasts several superb performances and a brisk, downright fun sensibility.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

An independent, dialogue-heavy film that from the looks of it was made more with fun and passion than money.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

I continue to enjoy Van Der Beek's willingness to play obnoxiously against type -- it turns out as a big-headed hero, he's boring, but as a big-headed ***, he's a funny guy.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source:

The efforts of an attractive and accomplished cast ensure that director Matthew Cole Weiss' feature debut is neither as dull nor as insufferably smug as it could easily have been.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's just simply not one iota of originality to this exceedingly superficial and charm-deprived ensemble film. It doesn't help that most of the characters come across as entitled, navel-gazing twits without a smidgen of depth.

April 21, 2006

The entire cast is likable and good looking -- a combination that turns what could be cheerful, if fluffy, fair into something a bit more resonant.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

If The Big Chill and American Wedding had a love child, it might look something like Standing Still.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The only more apropos title might have been: Standing Still While Talking.

April 19, 2006 Full Review Source: SheKnows Network
SheKnows Network

A little gem of a movie - characters you just don't want to leave. Van Der Beek is good.

October 29, 2005

An ill-defined mishmash of cliches, with poorly sketched characters and leaden dialogue.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for Standing Still

I just watched this movie, and I really liked it...alot. Sheesh. What's with all the bad reviews I am reading about this movie? Some of the things that were said didn't even sound like the same movie I just saw. Amazing. Well, I thought it was very charming, cute, and enjoyable.
October 14, 2010

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Not a memorable movie. I wouldn't watch it again.
September 1, 2008

Super Reviewer

Standing Still is a dialogue-driven character piece about way too many twentysomethings' feelings & questionings to cover up in ninety minutes, but it somehow manages to leave an impression. Indeed, despite the fact that the plot really does go nowhere and we've heard this kind of story a bazillion times, director Matthew Cole Weiss and his excellent cast succeed in breathing life into these characters and giving the movie a natural, truthful ring. Nothing exceptional, but worth seing anyway.
June 30, 2007

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