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Best Man Down (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 October 2013 (USA)
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A newlywed couple cancels their honeymoon and returns to the snowy Midwest to make the funeral arrangements for their best man, who died unexpectedly after their ceremony.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Long ... Scott
Jess Weixler ... Kristin
Tyler Labine ... Lumpy
Addison Timlin ... Ramsey
Shelley Long ... Gail
Frances O'Connor ... Jaime
Evan Jones ... Winston
Michael Landes ... Priest
Peter Syvertsen ... Roger
James Michael Detmar ... Uncle Willis (as James Detmar)
Jane Hammill Jane Hammill ... Aunt Helen
Claudia Wilkens ... Lumpy's Mom
Sasha Andreev ... Rick
Sara Marsh ... Bridesmaid
Corey Anderson Corey Anderson ... Cousin Neil
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Storyline

The best man at Scott (Long) and Kristin's (Weixler) Arizona destination wedding, Lumpy (Labine) is the life of the party, until a long, indulgent night leads to his untimely death. Forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly back to Minneapolis to arrange for his funeral, Scott and Kristin meet Ramsey (Timlin) and learn that Lumpy isn't quite who they thought he was. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, drug content, some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumpy See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomington, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60, 15 November 2013

Gross USA:

$1,842
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KODA Entertainment See more »
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Color
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Goofs

Neil says that his ticket is for seat D, but Scott is sitting in seat D. See more »

Quotes

Ramsey: [during Lumpy's funeral service] There are a lot of moments in life, and I didn't know Lumpy very long. Most of you probably had more time with him than I did, but... just because dying on a cactus was Lumpy's last moment doesn't mean it was his most important one.
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Connections

References The Baby Whisperer, Vol. 1 (2001) See more »

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Mony Mony
Written by Bobby Bloom, Ritchie Cordell, Bo Gentry, and Tommy James
Performed by Billy Idol
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An underrated romance classic
24 March 2014 | by akshay-ak-kumarSee all my reviews

I saw the trailer of this movie on youtube a weeks ago and I got interested in checking out the film which I did finally last nite. It was 130 mins well spent.

Best Man Down is an unlikely tale when the Best Man of Scott & Kristin's (played by Long and Weixler) marriage, Lumpy (Labine) dies just after the reception has ended. Lumpy has not many friends and the newly wed couple are now arranging the funeral in Minnesota instead on going on their honeymoon. During all this, they find out of that Lumpy had another one friend called Ramsey (Timlin) in Minnesota who turns out to be a 15 yr old girl studying in high school.

Who is Ramsey? How does she know Lumpy? What was her relationship with Lumpy? And lots of other questions bothers the newly wed couple and especially Scott who wonders did he really know Lumpy whom he met in high school.

Best Man Down works because of its unusual story and simplistic screenplay. Its a slow film and one needs a bit of patience in the beginning. But it grows over you as it progresses and the reason being the writers make Lumpy and Ramsey's relationship a suspense.

Even in the scenes where the couple fight or Ramsey fights with her mother, the writers and directors keep the tone low and it never goes over the top.

The casting is perfect. Long and Weixler are perfect as the newly wed couple who are trying to make their marriage work after Lumpy's death. Labine is effective in his short role as Lumpy and special mention to Shelly Long who plays Kristin's mother. Her character gets the smile on our faces in this serious film with her out of place dialogues.

However, the star of the this film is Timlin. I have seen Timlin in Californication before and I was not sure what kind of actress she is . After watching this film, I can easily say that she is a fine actress in the making. Timlin is in her early 20s but portrays the 15 yr old Ramsey with ease. Her character longs to be loved and cared and you feel for her. The scene where she comes to know about Lumpy's death is brilliant. She initially doesn't react much to the surprise of the couple but when alone, she breaks down.

I hope she gets better films to do in the future because there is talent in her to be explored.

I wonder how this film was missed by the awards in US. This is under rated romance classic because there is no physical love...just unspoken love between two people. This film deserved a couple of nominations of its screenplay.


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