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Best Man Down Review

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  • 2.0

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Flawed, adult-targeted dramedy with drinking, drugs, warmth.

What 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."

  • Families can talk about Lumpy's character. Why didn't Lumpy tell his friends about his life? Did your opinion of him change during the course of the film? What kinds of secrets would you keep from your friends?
  • Can you think of any other road movies that you like? What do they all have in common?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: 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.

  • rolemodels true2

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: 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.

  • sex false2

    Sex: 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."

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional swearing, including "s--t," "ass," and once: "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and 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.