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Standing Still (II) (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  17 June 2005 (USA)
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Standing Still is the story of a popular yet drunken actor who reconnects with a group of his college friends for a wedding several years after graduation.

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Franklin Brauner
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Jonathan
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Donovan
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Michael
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Prostitute / Cop (as Nikki Schieler Ziering)
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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 kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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17 June 2005 (USA)  »

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A Última Noite de Solteiro  »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,762 (USA) (21 April 2006)

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$12,762 (USA) (21 April 2006)
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Franklin Brauner: Hello, I'm Franklin Brauner, I don't think we've met. My dick is so big it won't fit into a tennis ball can.
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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

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Written by Ritchie Cordell, Joan Jett, Martin Kuppersmith, Kenneth Laguna
Performed by Joan Jett
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Crafty
10 November 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

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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