In “Best Man Down,” Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) get married in Phoenix. The wedding is fun until their best man, Lumpy (Tyler Labine) gets dead drunk. Lumpy is so smashed he leaves the wedding, falls down, cracks his head, then stumbles around trying to get help until finally he lands face first in a cactus and is discovered dead the next day.
Scott must do right by his old friend so he has to cancel the honeymoon to give Lumpy a proper funeral. Kristin is not liking this at all, which is understandable, but also makes her easy to dislike. Kristin also has a pill-popping problem (that inexplicably disappears later). Shelley Long is fun to watch as Gail, Kristin’s snobby mom.
In trying to arrange a service for his friend, Scott is surprised when he realizes how little he knows about his friend, Lumpy. As things unfold we meet Ramsey (Addison Timlin), a 15-year-old girl who seems to be Lumpy’s only other friend.
Ramsey and Lumpy become the most interesting focus of the movie. Ramsey lives with a drug addicted, neglectful mother named Jaime (Frances O’Connor), and Jaime’s creepy boyfriend Winston (Evan Jones).
The movie, which seemed like a comedy at first, is a drama, and a sad one. The acting is excellent and the story, although uneven, is intriguing. Spitfire Timlin gives a rock-the-house performance. It will be exciting to watch her rise up the Hollywood ladder.
“Best Man Down” is rated PG-13 and 89 minutes.
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‘Best Man Down’ stars Justin Long, Jess Weixler and Tyler Labine
Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) get married but the best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) gets dead drunk, literally. Hence the title of the movie, “Best Man Down.”
‘Best Man Down’ stars Tyler Labine and Addison Timlin
Best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) and a troubled 15-year-old girl (Addison Timlin) from a dysfunctional family have a sweet and healthy connection.
Justin Long and Jess Weixler star in ‘Best Man Down’
Right after their wedding, Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for a funeral.
Addison Timlin stars in the movie ‘Best Man Down’
Addison Timlin gives a powerful performance as a troubled 15-year-old girl named Ramsey who lives with a drug-addicted mother Jaime (Frances O’Connor) and Jaime’s creepy boyfriend Winston (Evan Jones).
‘Best Man Down’ writer and director Ted Koland
Writer and Director Ted Koland talked about the tragic best man character:
“We all have a friend like Lumpy. And if you don’t, you’ve certainly seen him at a party or a wedding. Surely there had to be more to the guy than his unfortunate death-by-cactus. There’s more to all of us than one moment, good or bad yet people are so easily categorized.”
Justin Long, Jess Weixler, and Tyler Labine star in ‘Best Man Down’
Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) try to keep it together as their honeymoon is ruined by the death of Scott’s old friend Lumpy (Tyler Labine).
Justin Long stars in the drama ‘Best Man Down’
Scott (Justin Long) is deeply saddened by the sudden death of his friend Lumpy (Tyler Labine). It ruins his honeymoon, but he has to do right by Lumpy and see that he gets a proper funeral.