There’s a wonderful reminiscence in Matt Ratner’s dramedy Standing Up, Falling Down to the Henry Winkler-directed 1988 dramedy Memories of Me: Yes, both star Billy Crystal, however, both pics pair younger and older generations of comedy.
Memories of Me starred Crystal as a responsible middle age guy who tries to mend his strained relationship with his absurdist Hollywood extra father played by Alan King, while Standing Up, Falling Down stars Crystal as an imperfect older dope-smoking dermatologist who becomes a mentor to young, lost stand-up played by Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz.
Crystal’s barfly Marty is a wonderful extension of the affable wise crackers that the SNL alum is beloved for, such as Danny Costanzo in Running Scared and Buddy Young Jr. in Mr. Saturday Night. In Standing Up, Schwartz’s Scott returns to his Long Island hometown having failed in Los Angeles as a stand-up. He retreats to his parents’ home, not knowing what his next steps career wise are. Life gets complicated when he runs into Becky, the girl who could have been his wife (Eloise Mumford). In finding his way in life, Scott meets Marty and the two become like a surrogate son and father to another.
As Schwartz says they play “two messy people figuring it out.”
Like King and Crystal in Memories of Me, the shorthand between Schwartz and Crystal in Standing Up appears as they’ve known each other forever. However they met on this movie.
Says Crystal sitting down with Deadline, “I had seen him play that rabbi in…”
“…in Jurassic Park,” joked Schwartz (actually it was the Shawn Levy-directed movie This Is Where I Leave You).
“This guy was such a fun character to play, on the surface he’s all this fun, and not in control of himself, but he’s hiding all things underneath, but it was a different look for me that’s vulnerable, and he’s sort of past his expiration date in some ways,” says Crystal.
Making the pic dearer for Crystal is the fact that it was shot in his hometown of Long Beach, Long Island.
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