The Stand In
THE STAND-IN is the story of a disaffected comedy actress and her ambitious stand-in trading places.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Jamie Babbit
Writer: Sam Bain
Actors: Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jes Austell, Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller
Release Year: 2020
Matthew Preston: “It was ok.”
Cringe-worthy trigger alert. The bulk of this film is difficult to watch if you find it tough watching people embarrass themselves. The "meltdown" by Candy Black at the beginning is lengthy and painful and it sets the tone for the rest of the film. Drew Barrymore does do a good job acting with... herself. We've come a really long way since the days of split-screen. I was impressed with the number of times that the characters physically interact. Almost seamless. If you didn't know who Drew Barrymore was, you might think it's genuinely two people.
Also, this is another COVID-19 era film. Drew Barrymore acting with herself is probably a low risk of getting the flu. There are also a lot of scenes with folks having conversations on the phone. Hollywood is doing a decent job of keeping scenes engaging, even if actors can't be in the same room together.