Standing Up, Falling Down

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About The Film

Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) and the legendary Billy Crystal, topline this bittersweet, warmly funny buddy comedy about an unlikely intergenerational friendship between a struggling stand-up comic and an older, disillusioned barfly.

After years of trying and failing to break into the Los Angeles comedy scene, thirty-something Scott (Schwartz) reluctantly moves back in with his parents (Kevin Dunn and Debra Monk) on Long Island, tail between his legs. Wracked with self-doubt and panicked at the prospect of having to get a soul-crushing “real” job, he soon realizes that life did not stand still without him. Not only have all his friends moved on to start families of their own, he must face unresolved emotions toward his hometown ex-girlfriend, Becky (Eloise Mumford), now happily married.

But he encounters a surprising kindred spirit in Marty (Crystal, playing decidedly against type), a larger-than-life, charming but desperately lonely dermatologist obsessed with karaoke and swigging away his troubles every night at the local bar. Before long, the two drinking buddies form a real bond over their shared feelings of loss, remorse and inadequacy. As Scott works to overcome his fear of pursuing his dreams and returning to the stage, together they find the strength to address their long festering regrets.

Buoyed by the easy-going chemistry between Schwartz and Crystal, and powered by a top-notch supporting cast that includes Grace Gummer and Nate Corddry, the simple pleasures of this heart-and-soul comedy are a reminder that redemption can be found in the unlikeliest of places.


American Jewish Committee ACCESS AtlantaYOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT
presented by ACCESS

Woodruff Arts Center • Saturday, February 15
Party at 6:30 PM • Film at 8:00 PM

The screening on Saturday, February 15 at Woodruff Arts Center is presented by ACCESS Atlanta, American Jewish Committee's young leadership division, and is reserved for festivalgoers 40 years old and under. The program will include a pre-film party with a cash bar.

Film Details

Running Time 
91 minutes
Genre 
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Country 
Year 
2019
Language 
Premiere 
Atlanta Premiere
Sponsors 
The Marcus Foundation, Inc.