‘Standing Up, Falling Down’ Director Matt Ratner on Working with Bill Crystal and Ben Schwartz

Matt Ratner has the unique experience of directing Billy Crystal. In Standing Up, Falling Down, Ratner directs Crystal and Ben Schwartz (Sonic) in a comedy about a failed comedian and a flawed dermatologist. I had a chance to speak to Ratner about the film and the experience of directing Crystal and Schwartz.


Matt was really good. Very engaging with good energy. He shared some great stuff. We were both able to relate to knowing the struggles of being in the entertainment industry. Matt spoke about having a different career before transitioning to filmmaking.

It was interesting to hear about the chemistry and friendship that developed between Billy and Ben. It was also cool to hear Matt talk about the locations they shot the movie and how they used some locations in Long Island that he later found out were personally close to certain people on the project. They used Billy’s synagogue and the coffee shop the writer Peter Hoare began writing the movie script at. How ironic!

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN’ in Theaters and On Demand February 21, 2020

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Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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