Saban Films Nabs Drew Barrymore Comedy “The Stand-In”

Though it didn't get to have its premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, crime comedy The Stand-In has found a distributor in Saban Films.

Starring Drew Barrymore in a dual role, the film doesn't have a release date yet, but should play well with audiences still stuck at home and in desperate need of a laugh. Barrymore plays a movie star who convinces her stand-in (also Barrymore) to do the community service she's been sentenced to. But she gets more than she bargained for when the stand-in starts taking over her whole life, not just the unpleasant parts. Audiences were reminded of Barrymore's great comic timing over three seasons of Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet. This should provided another excellent showcase for her talent.

Written by Sam Bain (Four Lions, one of the funniest movies of all time) and directed by Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader), the cast also includes Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and – ugh – T.J. Miller (Deadpool).

Given Saban's business model, expect a limited theatrical release (if theaters are even open) later this year and a VOD release shortly thereafter.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.