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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.
A very disjointed, confused, and sloppy movie.
Finding much of value in this film is tough, but there's enough to keep it afloat.
... broad and obvious comedy that never generates many laughs or captures a consistent tone.
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.
The comic scenes are hackneyed and predictable, but "Best Man Down" turns out to have a heart as big as its title character.
While it tries to relate a story about the sloppiness of life, the way best-laid plans can go wrong in an instant, its script is neatly and tidily structured.
A slight, but sweet and surprisingly touching combination of mournful romance, coming-of-age picture and friend-I-never-really-knew drama.
Best Man Down strikes a blissful tonal mix that turns one man's death into another man's enlightening journey, as both Justin Long and Tyler Labine flex their dramatic acting muscles.
When your film's most compelling character dies in the first five minutes, your film has a problem.
The movie's tearjerking core starts to get buried beneath needless distractions.
An indie comedy that seems good enough but never left me feeling I had to see it.
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 people.in 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.
Is it just me or is it hard to find Tyler Labine unlikable? He's got this presence about him where he could be getting drunk and making a scene at his best friend's wedding and still be the most likable person in the room. It's unfortunate that this film isn't better than it actually is, because it's clear that its heart is in the right place. But the film has trouble finding its own identity amidst the crowded indie comedy genre. The film is certainly watchable thanks to its cast, but the film's themes are muddied and it isn't as emotionally resonant as it should've been. There's an universal story at its core. Finding out that your best friend for years has a heart condition that was gonna, and eventually did, kill him. There's a guilt that goes along with that, where you didn't keep up with him when he probably needed you the most and how that could, very justifiably, wreck a person emotionally. But the film doesn't really do a good job at capturing that, because it's also Ramsey's, Lumpy's only friend during the last year of his life, story and how Lumpy helps her cope with her very unstable home life. It was a good idea but the writing was as predictable as is humanly possible. The film is certainly not bad but it disguises scenes with a sad score in the background as real emotion. This is not bad, a really good cast do their absolute best but they're hampered by a script that has good intentions and nothing else.
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.
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