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Dramedies are pretty commonplace this day and age. They are perhaps, the best genre to imitate real life since life is usually a crazy blend of drama and comedy. The two genres can mesh either beautifully or tragically. Best Man Down is a perfect example of this phenomenon and while it doesn’t really know whether it’s comedy or drama, that is just the point and the results are actually pretty solid.
Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) are getting married. They are a very cute couple about to tie the knot and things just couldn’t be better. That is until Scott’s obnoxious yet lovable best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) dies in a freak accident. Lumpy’s death causes the happy couple to cancel their honeymoon so that they can attend his funeral. Along the way, they encounter a teenage girl who was romantic with the »
- Randall Unger
Death be not proud nor funny nor moving nor remotely interesting in “Best Man Down,” a forgettable indie that shifts tone from comedy to drama without any feel for either. It’s a waste of a few talented actors, to say nothing of the audience’s time. At the Arizona wedding reception of Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler, “The Good Wife”), he’s worried about how much everything costs while she looks forward to lounging in Cabo with a cocktail. Scott’s best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) quickly becomes a more pressing concern, spilling tequila on the bridal gown and generally getting. »
- Alonso Duralde
The worst thing to happen at someone’s wedding is when someone dies on that wonderful day.
“Best Man Down” is about a newlywed couple who cancels their honeymoon to make funeral arrangements for their best man after an unexpected death. However, upon returning to Minnesota, they soon discover many things about their old friend.
The independent film is written and directed by Ted Koland.
Latino-Review had an opportunity to interview Koland via telephone last month to discuss about this wonderful indie dramedy. We discussed the Minnesota culture, the casting and the real relationships with our friends and family in the digital age.
“Best Man Down” is currently in theaters and on VOD.
Read the full transcript below or listen to the audio of the interview.
Latino-Review: How did you get the idea for “Best Man Down?”
- Gig Patta
The Man Who Wasn’t There: Koland’s Debut Lost In Its Own Drift
Poor Minnesota, it sure gets a bum rap when it comes to the movies. When its representation is not subjected to the Diablo Cody affect or used in name only (Contagion), it’s featured as the cold and isolated harbor of blandly unappealing stock types, at last as Ted Koland utilizes the state for his directorial debut, Best Man Down. A victim of title modification (originally, the film was to be known as Lumpy, which would have served it better in several ways, both good and bad), you wouldn’t be remiss in approaching the film as if it were a light, romantically tinged comedy, its new name suggesting or hinting that people like Ashley Judd should be littered throughout the cast. But Koland’s biggest, and only rewarding surprise, is that the film is decidedly »
- Nicholas Bell
10 months before Lumpy (Tyler Labine) suddenly dies at his best friend's wedding, he meets young Ramsey (Addison Timlin) in our exclusive clip from Best Man Down. Justin Long stars as Lumpy's best friend, who, along with his new wife (Jess Weixler), learn there was much more to lumpy than meets the eye, including his unique relationship with Ramsey. Director Ted Koland's dramatic comedy is currently available on VOD formats, and arrives in theaters today, November 8.
When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (Weixler) and Scott (Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive they realize that there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye.
When we think about wedding comedies, death is rarely part of the equation – especially among younger characters. Maybe if an old-timer croaks for some insane reason, then Maybe we can find a little humor in a more timely death, but usually our wedding party is typically safe.
That’s far from the case in Ted Koland’s dramedy Best Man Down, telling the story of Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler), two newlyweds who must delay their honeymoon after Scott’s best man Lumpy (Tyler Labine) drops dead at their wedding. Trust me, it’s not as morbid as it sounds, and that’s largely due to Koland’s balance of laughs and sincerity.
I ended up liking the film quite a bit, as both Justin Long and Tyler Labine made such a sad situation very revealing and inspiring, but there were a few questions raised throughout Scott’s journey. »
- Matt Donato
The Minnesota couple's Phoenix wedding would be perfect -- all the friends and relatives gathered, a lovely hotel, a beautiful bride, love in the air.
But the best man, the aptly-named "Lumpy" (Tyler Labine), is out of control -- binge drinking, singing along with every song, a sloppy drunk in every sense.
"Why don't you call it a night?" the groom (Justin Long) begs.
"You're cuttin' off the Best Man?"
No point. Lumpy carries the party to his room, injures himself, staggers out into the desert in the middle of the night and dies.
It's "Best Man Down," but the bride, Kristin (Jess Weixler), is upset -- that her honeymoon, "under a palm tree, in a kaftan, sipping Mai Tais," is ruined. She's a self-medicating ball of stress, and Lumpy's bull-in-a-china-shop stampede through her "big night" has stripped all the sympathy from her. She is irked as all get out »
Title: Best Man Down Director: Ted Koland Starring: Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine and Addison Timlin Society is often quick to judge and place labels on people who seem to have come by less fortunate circumstances. People are often quick to criticize the seemingly erratic behavior of those around them, without knowing all of the circumstances of their situation. That’s certainly the case in the new comedy-drama ‘Best Man Down,’ which is currently available on VOD and is set to open in select theaters on Friday. The feature film directorial and writing debut of filmmaker Ted Koland shows that once people truly begin to investigate the motives of those [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Damon Wayans Jr. stars alongside Tyler Labine and Lucy Punch in Marry Barry, a comedy written and directed by Rob Pearlstein, which production companies Josephson Entertainment, Madrose Productions, and Straight Up Films have announced will be released by digital entertainment curator FilmBuff, in theaters and across all leading Video On Demand platforms, starting on February 13, 2014, just in time for Valentine's Day! Described as a raucous comedy, Marry Barry... ... follows three friends who plot to get rid of their socially inappropriate friend Barry by finding him a wife. But when Barry finally meets a woman, she turns out to be just like him, and now the guys »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Josephson Entertainment, Madrose Productions, and Straight Up Films announced that digital curator FilmBuff will release the romantic comedy "Someone Marry Barry" in theaters and on VOD on February 13, 2014. Written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rob Pearlstein (“Our Time Is Up”), the film stars Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr., Lucy Punch, Hayes MacArthur Thomas Middleditch, Lauren Miller, and Joe LoTruglio. Equal parts irreverent and charming, "Someone Marry Barry" follows three childhood friends who plot to pawn off their socially inappropriate friend Barry on a woman. But when Barry finally meets the girl of his dreams, she turns out to be even worse than he is. "We are thrilled to be working with Rob on this hilarious and thoroughly original romantic comedy,” said Steven Beckman, FilmBuff’s Head of Content Partnerships, in a statement. “We fell in love with Barry and Mel and know that audiences will as »
- Sarah Salovaara
The film follows a trio of childhood friends who scheme to find a wife for their socially awkward pal Barry (played by Tyler Labine) in order to get him off their hands. Their plan backfires when his lady love turns out to be even more blissfully ignorant than him.
“Everyone has that one inappropriate friend,” Pearlstein said in a statement. “And if you don’t, it’s you. I’m looking forward to working with FilmBuff and discovering exactly who on their team is that person.”
VOD release will include iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox Video and Vudu.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Josephson Entertainment, Madrose Productions, and Straight Up Films announced today that digital entertainment curator FilmBuff will release the hilarious and irreverent romantic comedy Someone Marry Barry in theaters and on VOD on February 13, 2014.
Written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rob Pearlstein (“Our Time Is Up”) the film stars Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Damon Wayans Jr. (The Other Guys, “Happy Endings”), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Hayes MacArthur (Bachelorette, She’s Out of My League), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign, “CollegeHumor Originals”), Lauren Miller (For a Good Time, Call…) and Joe LoTruglio (Superbad).
Someone Marry Barry is a raucous comedy following three childhood friends who plot to get rid of their socially inappropriate friend Barry (Labine) by finding him a wife. But when Barry finally meets a woman, she turns out to be even worse than he is, and now the guys have to deal with not one but two “Barrys. »
- Michelle McCue
Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights from TrustNordisk to Easy Money: Hard To Kill and Easy Money: Life Deluxe based on the bestselling books by Jens Lapidus. Separately, FilmBuff has acquired Someone Marry Barry.
Cinedigm has set both films for release in 2014 across all platforms.
Fredrik Wikström Nicastro produced the films for Swedish production company Tre Vänner in co-production with Film i Väst, TV broadcaster Svt, Nordisk Film, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning, Hobohm Brothers, Fantefilm, Network Movie & Zdf/Arte.
Production support comes from The Swedish Film Institute, The Norwegian Film Institute, Nordic film and TV fund in co-operation with C-more. Nordisk Film is »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Updated: Damn. Emile Hirsch has been cast as John Belushi in Steve Conrad's untitled Belushi biopic. Certainly adventurous casting and we'll be keeping a close eye on this one. According to a press release production is expected to begin in Spring 2014 in New York. In the world of forever-developing biopics, a movie about John Belushi remains one of the holy grails of sorts. In the works for years, last we heard, Todd Phillips and writer Steve Conrad ("The Weather Man," "The Pursuit of Happyness") were working on it with "The Hangover" filmmaker to direct, while names like Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Ethan Suplee and Tyler Labine (who played Belushi in the 2005 TV movie "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy") were all named as considerations/wishlist types, but the project never went anywhere. Now, it's back. THR reports that Conrad, hot off "The Secret Life of Walter. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We’ve all been to a wedding where one of the guests gets a little too hammered for their own good, lighting up the dance floor with sloppy movements and encouraging dangerous amounts of shot-ripping – but what if he/she didn’t survive the night? The “Best Man” has a ton of duties in a wedding party, but staying alive typically isn’t a concern. Ted Koland’s Best Man Down introduces this nightmare scenario, tying together new beginnings and untimely ends in a way that’s both comical and emotionally revealing. There’s sometimes a difference between being someone’s “Best Man” and oldest friend, and Koland explores a friendship that is strong, but hasn’t been revisited for a brief period of time. Life can change in a heartbeat, even at the happiest of occasions.
- Matt Donato
There’s a magical place in Canada, a 306 square mile piece of Canadian Shield dotted with huge, deep lakes set in a beautiful wilderness. It’s a playground for the rich – including Tom Hanks, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn and Martin Short plus politicians, athletes and old money Americans and Canadians. The axe murder horror farce Cottage Country turns its aspirational relaxation vibe on its head as brothers battle it out for cottage visitation rights. Todd (Tyler Labine) plans to propose to Cammie his fiancée (Malin Ackerman) but his brother and his drug addled girlfriend show up unexpectedly. We spoke with director Peter Wellington who calls the film a cautionary tale. Peter Wellington: To people »
- Anne Brodie
CBS has made it possible to watch the pilot Super Clyde online. The rejected comedy, from Raising Hope and My Name is Earl producer Greg Garcia, starred Rupert Grint as a fast food worker who receives an inheritance and uses it to become a superhero. Stephen Fry plays Clyde‘s butler, Tyler Labine plays Clyde’s brother and overall the pilot shows a frustrating amount of promise. Even if there won’t be more episodes, it’s worth watching for fans of Garcia’s previous shows.
Plus, who can say no to Rupert Grint in a sidecar?
You can add The Six Million Dollar Man »
- Lyle Masaki
Rupert Grint's American television debut in "Super Clyde" won't be airing any time soon, but CBS was kind enough to put the pilot episode of the show online anyway. The superhero-influenced sitcom stars the "Harry Potter" alum as the show's titular character.
"Super Clyde's" pilot, which can be viewed here, was put online at the request of creator Greg Garcia. He sent out an email explaining why he chose to make the pilot episode available to viewers. It can be read below:
"I shot a pilot for CBS called Super Clyde this spring and it didn't wind up on their fall schedule. But the good people at CBS have been kind enough to make the pilot available online.
TV networks and studios almost never make pilots that hadn’t gone to series available to the public. In a rare exception, CBS has put Greg Garcia‘s single-camera pilot Super Clyde up online. (You can watch it here.) The move is a result from a request by Garcia, who sent out an email tonight announcing the pilot’s availability. Super Clyde was one of two pilots Garcia had at CBS this past season, with the other, the multi-camera The Millers, getting a series order. Super Clyde stars Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint as a shy comic book fanatic who discovers his calling after he inherits millions of dollars from his eccentric uncle. Clyde, a mild-mannered fast-food worker, is bequeathed $100,000 per month for the rest of his life, and — with the help of his butler, Randolph (Stephen Fry) — begins his thrilling new life as a superhero, secretly helping strangers in need. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Magnolia Pictures has struck a deal with inflight Wi-Fi provider Gogo to offer films to airlines before their theatrical bows. The premium VOD window is a first for Gogo.
“The Last Days on Mars” will be made available on flights in November, a month before its starts playing in theaters on Dec. 6, followed by “Best Man Down,” out in theaters Nov. 8. The sci-fi thriller and “Best Man Down” can be rented for $3.99, cheaper than many films offered up by airlines (they often charge $7 or more), let alone a title in a premium VOD window on any platform.
The films will be available through Gogo Vision, Gogo’s recently launched VOD service.
Gogo sees deals like the one with Magnolia as a new revenue stream for the company. It makes most of its coin from the sale of Wi-Fi connections on airlines. But it’s been looking for ways to use »
- Marc Graser
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