Billy Crystal’s Touching Comedy ‘Standing Up, Falling Down’ in Theaters

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter

Palisadian and Co-Honorary Mayor Billy Crystal teamed up with Ben Schwartz and Eloise Mumford in “Standing Up, Falling Down,” released in theaters on February 21.

Shout! Studios, the production arm of Shout! Factory, garnered the North American distribution rights for what has been described as a “funny and poignant comedy feature.”

The über-talented Crystal (“When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers”) and fellow comedian Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation,” “Sonic the Hedgehog”) make an improbable duo in this film about facing failure.

“After four years of chasing his stand-up comedy dream in Los Angeles, 34-year-old Scott Rollins has crashed and burned,” Shout! Factory reported about Schwartz’s character.

With his career not going well and being very tight on money, Scott returns home to his parents’ house in Long Island and finds himself yearning for his ex-girlfriend, Becky (Mumford), as he tries to plot out his future.

“On a night out at the bar, Scott strikes up an unlikely friendship with an eccentric dermatologist, Marty (Crystal), who has regrets of his own,” the synopsis continued. “Marty and Scott both help each other find the courage to face the failures in their lives.”

Other cast members include David Castañeda, Nate Corddry, Kevin Dunn, Grace Gummer, Jill Hennessy, Caitlin McGee and Debra Monk.

“Standing Up, Falling Down” is film producer Matt Ratner’s directorial feature debut, according to Shout! Factory. Peter Hoare, who is quickly becoming a hot commodity in Hollywood, wrote the script.

The film, which originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019, is trending at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Not rated, it has a run time of 91 minutes.