Standing Still

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 17,956
User image

Watch it now

Movie Info

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 Michael's is, and though best man and maid of honor Rich (Aaron Stanford) and Samantha (Melissa Sagemiller) seem to be preparing to take the plunge, the same certainly cannot be said for neurotic actress Lana (Mena Suvari). A free-spirited soul who has experienced flings with a variety of wedding attendees including the hapless Pockets (Jon Abrahams), alcoholic actor Simon (James Van Der Beek), and manic children's television program host Donovan (Ethan Embry), Lana attempts to sort out her past flings as lovelorn agent Quentin (Colin Hanks) pines for the bride's sister and the estranged father of the groom attempts to reconnect with his long-lost son. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Standing Still

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (14)

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

    Apr 25, 2006 | Full Review…

    Erin Clements

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This is a hit and miss romantic comedy with a few solid laughs and some pretty smart dialogue.

    Apr 24, 2006
  • Don't send a gift. Send your regrets. This is one wedding invitation that can clearly, safely be declined.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • The aptly named Standing Still, about postcollegiate 20-somethings, has the dramatic momentum of a daisy-picking toddler.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • Relentlessly shallow.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • A movie as inert as its title.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Standing Still

  • Mar 08, 2011
    Elise and Michael (Amy Adams, Adam Garcia) are college sweethearts who are about to walk down the aisle and gather all of their old friends together to join in the celebration. Many of them have pasts all their own and haven't seen each other for years. As they each arrive at the house, joyous reunions quickly turn into awkward meetings that bring up both sweet and painful memories. Elise's old college roommate (Lauren German), who she had a secret lesbian relationship with when she they were in school, show up and try to change Elise's mind about the wedding. Her other friends (Melissa Sagemiller, Mena Suvari) are trying to figure out how to move on in their lives and from the things that have held them back. A dramatic subplot involving Michael's estranged father Jonathan (Xander Berkeley), who's battling addiction attempts to reenter his son's life. The movie contains excessive amounts of sexual immorality, indecent language, nude shots, and youthful hedonism.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2008
    Not a memorable movie. I wouldn't watch it again.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2007
    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.
    Laurence C Super Reviewer

Standing Still Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features