Nick Schager Reviews The Stand-Up

For a film about a stand-up comedian to be mirthless is dispiriting; more problematic, however, is that The Stand Up doesn’t make up for that absence of humor with any legitimate drama. A year after his beloved girlfriend Miranda (Julia Dennis) is killed, up-and-coming funnyman Zoe (Jonathan Sollis) still hasn’t recovered. His path to healing, though, is made Easy-Bake simple by writer/director David Wexler, who first has the protagonist land a temporary kindergarten teaching gig thanks to his school-principal father (Aidan Quinn) and then at that job has him meet perfect-match Veronica (Margarita Levieva), who also has past issues with romantic abandonment.

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