"Pennies" is the story of Charlotte Brown(Amy Adams),a waitress and young single mother who will do anything for her daughter Jenny,and when push comes to shove,she does.With a menacing ... See full summary »
Spoof of 1960's Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films stars Lauren Ambrose as Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960's Malibu who becomes "Chicklet" ... See full summary »
Robert Lee King
Remember those scary stories about "The hook-armed-man" you heard around the campfire when you were in Scouts? This hilarious and detailed "mocudramedy" examines the sordid stories behind ... See full summary »
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W. Watts Biggers,
Michael and Elise are about to get married. Their high school and college friends gather together for the wedding and resolve some issues. Lana is in therapy and when Elise's ex shows up from London she begins to realize what has been troubling her all these years. Involves a lot of drunkenness and some drug use. Written by
These "slice of life", realist drama-comedies are far from my favorite genre, but as a serious movie buff, I've seen tens of them over the years, and Standing Still is right up there with the best of them.
The only flaw I can find, really, is the title, which is a bit enigmatic (not that I mind enigmas, but it's a bit out of context here). A better title would have been "Secrets", or even "Shuffle" if something less obvious was desired, as the plot is focused on an event--a wedding--that brings a wide range of people together, some unexpected, almost all with some kind of secret, and reshuffles them in various ways--often through revelations of their secrets.
Realist movies can easily become unfocused or boring--after all, that's true of most folks' lives if we were to follow them around with a video camera and expect people who don't know them to be entertained watching the results. But Standing Still manages to create suspense, tension and a healthy dose of humor while expertly weaving together a large number of threads, all while keeping things fairly firmly in realist territory and providing satisfactory resolutions. It's also emotionally satisfying and relatively "deep", often in subtle ways, all aided by the fantastic performances. Everyone says just as much with subtle body language as they do via their dialogue, and this just as often occurs in what could tend to be read as the lighter or shallower scenes.
I wanted to see far more about every one of these characters--and we could hardly call that a flaw.
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