‘Best Man Down’ Trailer: When Your Best Friend is Named Lumpy, He’s Bound to Have Secrets

By  · Published on September 5th, 2013

If the world of wedding-based reality TV has taught us anything, it’s that a wedding can be ruined by a multitude of factors, from drunk relatives to the table linens not being the right shade of pink that the bride designated in her order. But I think having your best man die the night of the wedding in his hotel room really shut up even the women from Bridezilla in terms of its awfulness.

The trailer for Ted Koland’s Best Man Down wastes no time sparing you the icky details. Scott (Justin Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler) have a beautiful wedding and are preparing to jet off to their honeymoon when they discover Scott’s best friend Lumpy (Tyler Labine) collapsed in his hotel room, dead of apparent alcohol poisoning. Instead of reveling in their marital bliss, the newlyweds have to fly home and use the money for Lumpy’s funeral, and as they discover, they actually didn’t know that much about their friend.

Check out the trailer for yourself here:

I want to say that the film is a touching story about honoring your best friend, but it seems confused on the overall tone. Is Kristin supposed to be so awful when she says that Lumpy is Scott’s oldest friend, and not his best? From the trailer, it almost seems to be a darker story about honoring a friend out of guilt, but then realizing in the process how he was actually great. Heavy.

Best Man Down is in theaters October 3rd.