Standing Up, Falling Down

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A familiar story entertainingly told, Standing Up, Falling Down is elevated by the warm chemistry between Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz.

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Verified Ratings: 7

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After four years of chasing his stand-up comedy dream in Los Angeles, 34-year old Scott Rollins (Ben Schwartz) has crashed and burned. Hard. Left with little money and a fledgling at best "career", Scott has no choice but to regroup, lick his wounds, and return home to his parent's house in Long Island. While trying to figure out what to do next, Scott pines after his ex, Becky Brookes (Eloise Mumford), a successful photographer who has since married a former mutual friend. On a night out at the bar, Scott strikes up an unlikely friendship with an eccentric dermatologist, Marty (Billy Crystal), who has regrets of his own. Marty and Scott both help each other find the courage to face the failures in their lives.

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Critic Reviews for Standing Up, Falling Down

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (7)

  • Peter Hoare's script contains bromantic clichés, it's true. But just as many scenes confound.

    April 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What keeps you hanging on is the Teflon likeability of the leads, welcome vital signs in a film of otherwise aggressive modesty.

    April 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The schmaltz is gone, as is the self-love, and instead we have a sweetly empathetic turn...

    April 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The entire enterprise is so muffled and dull you can't believe what you're watching.

    February 24, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • As a dermatologist mentoring a young comedian, Billy Crystal feels real, even in the cheesiest moments.

    February 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The dialogue is so snappy. They have such terrific chemistry together that you want to spend time with them.

    February 22, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 05, 2020
    Had to turn it off after 30 minutes. To be fair, I gave it 30 minutes. It just couldn't stand up.
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