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Best Man Down (2013)




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When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Tyler Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (Jess Weixler) and Scott (Justin Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But getting Lumpy's body back to Minneapolis is just the start of their adventure, as the well-intended sacrifice surprises at every turn. And when the newlyweds' path leads them to a fifteen year-old girl (Addison Timlin) in a small, northern Minnesota town - all bets are off on who Lumpy really was. (c) Magnoliamore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, drug content and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ted Koland
In Theaters:
Box Office: $1.8k
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Jess Weixler
as Kristin
Evan Jones
as Winston
Jane Hammill
as Aunt Helen
Jim Detmar
as Uncle Willis
Sara Marsh
as Bridesmaid
Barbara Kingsley
as Administrator
Andrew Kraft
as Bartender
Emil Herrera
as Coroner
Corey Anderson
as Cousin Neil
Sasha Andreev
as Gay Guy/Rick
Marie Mathay
as Guest #2
Claudia Wilkens
as Lumpy's Mom
Bruce Bohne
as Sheriff
Olivia Conlin
as Young Hostess
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Critic Reviews for Best Man Down

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

There were many directions in which writer-director Ted Koland could take this story - dead guy at the wedding, new marriage tested by extreme circumstances, a friend's hidden life - but none of his choices are remotely interesting.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
Top Critic

Finding much of value in this film is tough, but there's enough to keep it afloat.

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
Cinema Sight

... broad and obvious comedy that never generates many laughs or captures a consistent tone.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013

A very disjointed, confused, and sloppy movie.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013

Perhaps there's a different cut of Best Man Down out there somewhere, one that's patient and sincere. In its current state, the movie seldom penetrates, playing like a highlight reel of initial intentions.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013

The comic scenes are hackneyed and predictable, but "Best Man Down" turns out to have a heart as big as its title character.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013

Audience Reviews for Best Man Down

I only borrowed this because it was a free rental. I really expected a lame comedy wedding flick and to just watch ten minutes and switch it off.
Very pleasant surprise. This is a drama, and it's definitely not about a wedding, though the couple have just married.
Instead, it's about relationships and several dysfunctional people and how well you really know the your life.
It's nicely done and looks beautiful, set in the snow. Cast are all good too.
Well worth a look. I'm surprised by the low rating. I guess maybe others were disappointed it's not a wedding movie as such.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Not great..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I am still not sure what this film written and directed by Ted Koland, actually is - comedy, drama or something in-between... Starring Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin, Shelley Long and Frances O'Connor were just a part of the team, and it seems they all lacked patience and sincerity. The way it is, this movie would not penetrate to any viewer's emotions or understanding. You will see the highlights of initial intentions which missed the opportunity somewhere during the shooting to become believable and engaging events.

I won't spend too much describing the story... at the beginning there is a rather bloody death and the end of the movie there is a 15-year-old explaining, in a long eulogy, why we should care about the deceased. That last part was probably only memorable one... everything between the beginning, and the end scenes was somehow disconnected and sloppy.

I could not find too many bad things to be pointed watching it, but "Best Man Down" would have been a much better feature had the director simply told his story with all the familiar trimmings expected from the trade. It was actually pretty safe filmmaking if you analyse it... But the extraneous subplots and characters did not helped us at all relating to anything better, they serve solely as unsuccessful means of distinguishing the film from the bunch of other similar creations. They all clash against each other, repeatedly and annoyingly shifting the film's tone and rhythm.

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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