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THE STAND IN - Review

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THE STAND IN
Rated: R
Release Date: December 11, 2020
Director: Jamie Babbit
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller
Plot: A famous actress falls from grace and her stand in takes over her life
 
Clint Says: Skip it. You won't miss it.
 

 

I saw this movie several days ago and I'm still not quite sure what I saw. It's billed as a comedy, but it isn't funny. Sure, there are one or two laughs in it, but this is much more dramatic than it is comedic. Although that leads us to our next conundrum because this isn't a drama either. It gets pretty dark, but the reality is, the stakes are never high enough for us to care about the outcome. It also has elements of a Rom-Com, but it isn't that either. 
 
The best I say is that this film is in a genre all its own. 
 
Drew Barrymore plays two characters in this film, and she does a great job with both. One is a tyrannical, bad-tempered, foul-mouthed superstar, and the other is her mousey, introverted, non-ambitious stand in. The scenes when she is talking to herself are the saving grace for this movie. 
 
As for the rest of the film, the script has the potential to be something really interesting, but it needed to be a lot funnier or a lot darker. By playing the middle ground it had all the edginess washed away.  
 
This is probably the most "meh" movie of 2020. It's a forgettable, average film that will leave you feeling like you just drank lukewarm coffee.

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