Standing Up (2013)




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Standing Up tells the story of a boy and a girl, ages 11 and 12, who are ostracized by their peer groups at summer camp. The outsiders soon find themselves victims of a vicious prank, but rather than returning to camp to face the humiliation, they decide to take off on the run together. As they slowly navigate what lies ahead, they develop a bond and help each other over- come adversity and start down the path of self-discovery. (c) Arc Entertainment
Rating: PG (for thematic elements including bullying, and for brief smoking and language.)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Kids & Family
Directed By: D.J. Caruso
Written By: D.J. Caruso
In Theaters: limited
Arc Entertainment


Val Kilmer
as Hofstadder
Kate Maberly
as Margo Cutter
Keith Flippen
as Mr. Russell
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The generically titled Standing Up registers as a mildly inspiring if familiar tale of adolescents standing up to bullying.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A throwback to the no-nonsense kidpics common circa 1985.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Top Critic

It's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at--devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Insightful, frank look at how two kids survive bullying.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
Common Sense Media

A nicely captured if fairly straightforward coming-of-age film about transcending adolescent summer camp bullying.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013

The film's pathos at times seems all-consuming, to where a little more suspense along the way might have helped hold the attention of younger viewers.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Standing Up

I've noticed not many people seem to enjoy this one, but I found this to be a great story. Sure it had a few holes here and there, but then again, so do most movies. There's some really great quotes you can pull from here and some hidden meanings. I loved this one, then again, I love the summer stories about getting over bullying/falling in love/friendship and all that jazz. If you're looking for a simple summer movie to help with maybe some inspiration, I'd one hundred percent recommend this one.

Danielle Snow
Danielle Snow

One of those Netflix finds that I wanted to be a gem, but it ultimately ends up being far too unbelievable for its own premise. Two kids, Howie and Grace, are victims of a cruel prank at a summer camp. They are bullied simply for being outsiders and they both decide to stick together and escape. That basically is where the entire film goes as the two kids defeat the odds and find more about themselves and become great friends in the process. I found myself really liking the beginning of it with its coming of age feel and indie styling, but then it really did not change tone for the entire movie, which thankfully did not have a long run-time. If anything, 'Standing Up' suffers by trying to be TOO emotional and TOO triumphant. This comes in the form of the situations the two kids find themselves in and is further sweetened by an overly uplifting score. It does this to the point where it does not become believable. I will give the two young leads, Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso, the credit they deserve. Canterbury especially shows his charisma and chops throughout and is the character you want to see win. Basso is at times whiny and tries to become too much of an adult by the end, but is still charming in plenty of parts. While this is not a film I will urge people to see, it might make for a nice viewing.

Ben Bartos
Ben Bartos

This is the alternative to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Instead of having two brats who runaway from home because they're in love, here we get two very likeable and real kids who have a much bigger challenge: bullies at summer camp in the 1980s. This movie starts off very dark when one boy is stripped naked of his clothes while another girl around his age is naked as well. Stuck on the island where they're spending summer camp, the two runaway to escape their torment. What follows is a truly sweet story of two kids finding their own recovery from the vicious bullying and finding friendship with each other. Be sure to bring tissues because it'll make you cry like a baby.

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