Standing Up, Falling Down

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Things are not going according to plan for Scott (Ben Schwartz), a stand-up comedian begrudgingly returning to Long Island after striking out on the Los Angeles comedy scene. He's humiliated to move back in with his family and haunted by what could have been with Becky (Eloise Mumford), the hometown girlfriend he abruptly left for the West Coast. Wracked with doubt and facing the prospect of a soul-crushing real job, Ben finds an unexpected connection with Marty (Billy Crystal), a local dermatologist and charming barfly with a penchant for karaoke. Scott learns that Marty's larger-than-life personality and alcoholism mask past disappointments of his own. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Marty and Scott find the strength to start confronting their long-simmering regrets.


  • Billy Crystal
  • Ben Schwartz
  • Eloise Mumford
  • Grace Gummer
  • Nate Corddry
  • Jill Hennessy
  • Caitlin McGee
  • David Castañeda
  • Leonard Ouzts
  • John Behlmann

Did You Know?


  • Scott jokes in a stand-up performance that his dad saw The Revenant (2015) "and said, 'oh, I get it. I wanna fuck a bear.'" This is a reference to a widely discussed rumor, originating from a Drudge Report article published before the movie's release, that the film contained a scene in which Leonardo DiCaprio's character is raped by a bear, leading 20th Century Fox and DiCaprio to respond saying that there was no bear rape in the film, and that the scene in question depicted a female bear mauling him because she thought he was trying to harm her cubs.
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Feb 20, 2020

Although there is nothing groundbreaking about the story told in Standing Up, a series of small grace notes help to freshen this dissection of lost souls searching for second chances.

Metacritic review by Stephen Farber
Stephen Farber
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 20, 2020

Despite some storytelling stumbles, Standing Up, Falling Down manages to stay upright thanks to knockout performances from Schwartz and Crystal.

Hoai-Tran Bui
Feb 20, 2020

Funny and honest in equal measures, like a good stand-up routine, Standing Up, Falling Down uses a light touch to teach us there’s always more to learn.

Metacritic review by Todd Gilchrist
Todd Gilchrist