Standing Up, Falling Down

Spotlight Narrative

World Premiere

USA | 91 MINUTES | English |

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN

New York, Comedy, Drama
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.

Matt Ratner’s feature debut is a poignant, warmhearted comedy anchored by its leads’ easy rapport and Crystal’s boundless charisma. Nate Corddry and Grace Gummer round out a strong supporting cast in this ode to companionship and facing failure together.

—Pamela Nemoto

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Matt Ratner

After studying theater at Northwestern and spending several years working in politics and government, Ratner moved to Los Angeles and started Tilted Windmill Productions. A lifetime as a Cleveland sports fan prepared him for the volatile nature of the film business. Standing Up, Falling Down is his directorial debut.
Director
Matt Ratner
Producer
Chris Mangano, Matt Ratner, Rick Rosenthal, John Hermann, Gabrielle Nadig
Screenwriter
Peter Hoare
Cinematographer
Noah M. Rosenthal
Editor
Shayar Bhansali
Cast
Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Nate Corddry, Debra Monk, Kevin Dunn

CONTACTS

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International Sales Contact
Nick Ogiony
Creative Artists Agency
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000
filmsales@caa.com