A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People aren't always what they seem, and a few may be hiding truly wonderful secrets. Also, friends are important and doing the right thing instead of the easy thing can be rewarding.
Positive Role Models
Lumpy, much to some people's surprise, is a true stand-up guy who will go way beyond the call of duty to help people. He's also a drunken, obnoxious oaf during the brief time we see him alive.
Violence & Scariness
A man is seriously injured in a drunken accident; his head is shown with a big, bloody gash. Another man menaces a teenage girl and later brandishes a gun and threatens people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man is shown pulling on his underwear as he gets out of bed, presumably after having sex with another man. There's a brief glimpse of his backside. Other men are seen in brief scenes in their underwear or wrapped in a towel after a shower. A woman talks about whether she's had a "boob job."
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Occasional swearing, including "s--t," "ass," and once: "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink heavily at a wedding, including shots and hard liquor. One man gets extremely drunk, to the point where he is staggering and obnoxious. Men smoke cigars to celebrate an important moment. A teenage girl lives with her mom and her mom's boyfriend, who both use meth. The boyfriend also seems to be involved in a few shady deals, and forces the girl to shoplift cold medicine that can be used to manufacture meth. Casual jokes about needing a Xanex.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Best Man Down is a dark comedy targeted at adults. There's occasional swearing (including "s--t"), a few scenes with drinking, including one person who gets incredibly drunk at a wedding, and a scene where a teenager sees her mom and her mom's boyfriend smoking crystal meth. There's one very brief scene that shows a man's naked backside as he gets out of bed after presumably having sex, plus a joke about a "boob job." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BEST MAN DOWN starts off seemingly like a predictable comedy about a loudmouth drunken boor of a pal, but improves as the film unfolds, revealing surprising depth. In fact, it appears at first like two unconnected films, but the parallel stories gradually merge as Scott and Kristin follow Lumpy's trail all the way to Ramsey's doorstep. That's when the story becomes unexpectedly emotional, even somewhat satisfying, as the teen slowly reveals the late best man's true character.
Still, parts of the film don't work. Coincidences pile too high; characterizations are thin (Kristin, especially, could've used some examination); and the pacing's stilted. Still, these can perhaps be overlooked. When the film finally gets interesting, it may feel worth the wait.
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