The Stand In (2020 film)

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The Stand In
The Stand-In.jpg
Official poster
Directed byJamie Babbit
Produced by
  • Tom McNulty
  • Chris Miller
  • Ember Trusedell
  • Caddy Vanasirkul
  • Chris Miller
  • Brian O'Shea
Written bySam Bain
Music byDaniel Wohl
CinematographyEric Moynier
Edited byPatrick Colman
Distributed bySaban Films
Release date
  • December 11, 2020 (2020-12-11) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$100,884

The Stand In is a 2020 American comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Sam Bain. It stars Drew Barrymore, Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller and Holland Taylor. The film was released on December 11, 2020.


The film follows the story of a disaffected comedy actress and her ambitious stand-in trading places.



In February 2018, Drew Barrymore joined the cast of the film, with Jamie Babbit directing from a screenplay by Sam Bain. Barrymore serves as producer on the film under her company banner.[2] In January 2019, Michael Zegen joined the cast of the film.[3] In February 2019, Charlie Barnett, Ellie Kemper, T.J. Miller and Holland Taylor joined the cast of the film.[4][5][6] Principal photography began in New York City in January 2019.[7][8] In February, filming took place in Lexington and Versailles, Kentucky.[9][10]


It was scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2020.[11][12] However, the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13] In July 2020, Saban Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[14] It was released on December 11, 2020.[15]


Critical reception[edit]

The Stand-In received negative reviews from film critics. It holds a 31% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 36 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.60/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Despite impressively committed work from Drew Barrymore in a dual role, The Stand In struggles to find the humor in a premise with no shortage of comedic potential."[16] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 38 out of 100, based on seven critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[17]


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  2. ^ White, Peter (February 2, 2018). "Drew Barrymore Lines Up Rom-Com 'The Stand-In' With The Exchange – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  3. ^ White, Peter (January 31, 2019). "'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel's Michael Zegen Joins Drew Barrymore's Romantic Comedy 'The Stand-In'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  4. ^ McHenry, Jackson (February 11, 2019). "Russian Doll's Charlie Barnett on Alan, Oatmeal, and the Bachelorette Party That Changed His Life". Vulture Magazine. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "DREW BARRYMORE & ELLIE KEMPER FILM 'THE STAND IN' IN NYC". February 20, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Miller, TJ (February 21, 2019). "Because of the Drew Barrymore film I'm doing I had to sadly cancel the Friday shows 😔 You will love the film and we added shows!!". Facebook. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Kay, Jeremy (January 23, 2019). "Drew Barrymore rom-com 'The Stand-In' starts production in New York (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Adams, Kirby (January 29, 2019). "Celebrity watch! Drew Barrymore heads to Kentucky for her next film". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  9. ^ Musgrave, Beth (February 25, 2019). "These Lexington streets closing Tuesday morning for filming of Drew Barrymore movie". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Centner, Caitlin (February 21, 2019). "Versailles shop becomes setting for Hollywood film". WKYT-TV. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  11. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (March 3, 2020). "Tribeca Sets Feature Lineup Of Films For 2020 Fest". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Stand-In". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Beresford, Tribly; Lewis, Hilary (March 12, 2020). "Tribeca Film Festival Postponed Amid Coronavirus Fears". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  14. ^ N’Duka, Amanda (July 15, 2020). "Drew Barrymore Comedy 'The Stand-In' Lands At Saban Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Nolfi, Joey (October 28, 2020). "Watch Drew Barrymore vs. Drew Barrymore in wild Stand-In trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  16. ^ "The Stand In (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  17. ^ "The Stand In Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 15, 2020.

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