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Best Man Down

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

independent, special interest


When their obnoxious and over-served best man unexpectedly dies at their wedding, the bride and groom are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange his funeral, an adventure that leads to surprises at every turn.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    33%
  • Audience Score
    46%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Flawed, adult-targeted dramedy with drinking, drugs, warmth.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Best Man Down is a dark comedy targeted at adults. There's occasional swearing (including "s--t"), a few scenes with drinking, including one person who gets incredibly drunk at a wedding, and a scene where a teenager sees her mom and her mom's boyfriend smoking crystal meth. There's one very brief scene that shows a man's naked backside as he gets out of bed after presumably having sex, plus a joke about a "boob job."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Lumpy's character. Why didn't Lumpy tell his friends about his life? Did your opinion of him change during the course of the film? What kinds of secrets would you keep from your friends?
  • Can you think of any other road movies that you like? What do they all have in common?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    33%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    46%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: There were many directions in which writer-director Ted Koland could take this story - dead guy at the wedding, new marriage tested by extreme circumstances, a friend's hidden life - but none of his choices are remotely interesting.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Saturday, November 9, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not great..

- itsjustme2004, Monday, March 24, 2014

4 stars

This was really good. Much better than I thought. A man gets married and at his wedding his best man dies. He starts a journey to get his friend's body back home and realizes how far out of touch he has been with his friend. It's a very moving story as you see his life and what he has been doing trying to help a young girl get away from her dysfunctional home.

- jctrifile, Saturday, October 26, 2013

2 stars

Or The One Where We're Supposed to Laugh... Or is it Cry... Or is it Ponder Social Issues... Or is it All of the Above? I didn't have any hope for this being anything great when I first found this film on Netflix Instant, but then around 20 minutes in I thought it might be better than expected. Unfortunately around the 45 minute mark I knew director Ted Koland was not the person to bring this story to life. The film is full of uneven tones, all of which are passable in their own right, but none of them are fully formed enough to be compelling by the end of the film. Perhaps in the hands of a more focused storyteller these characters would have been done justice; however, what we're left with is a halfway gestated film which needed a little bit more time in the womb. Just as the tones in this film clash, so do the performances on screen. Where Tyler Lavine and Addison Timlin give charismatic and interesting performances, Justin Long and Jess Weixler just seem unnecessary. I'm not sure that's their fault or if its the fault of Koland, but the two characters whose eyes we're supposed to see the film through just seem completely unnecessary. If the film had just been about Lavine and Timlin's characters getting to know each other, I think it would have been more focused and compelling. But maybe this is just symptomatic of the problems Koland brought to the film. It was unclear what kind of story he was wanting to tell, and Long and Weixler's story is all about realizing what you do and don't know about a person. But if that's the story Koland wanted to tell, there was no need to give us the back story on Timlin from her perspective, because that's the story I was more interested in. In the end, none of the stories are given enough time to form in the way they deserve, and the entire film suffers for it.

- fb704666045, Monday, February 24, 2014