A Sense Of Familiarity Keeps This "Best Man Down"

At about the time that you reach the half-way point, Best Man Down starts to seem like writer/director Ted Koland's attempt to sweep some sort of Sundance bingo contest. Of the two dozen or so elements that have come to characterize mainstream independent film (troubled teenagers, acoustic guitar music, Justin Long), at least half make an appearance here. Had it been played as a parody (think Not Another Independent Film), this might have been pretty hilarious, but as straight drama, Down doesn’t hit the mark.

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