‘The Stand In’: Drew Barrymore’s Comedy Film, Release Date, Plot, Cast, and What to Expect

From 50 First DatesCharlie’s AngelsNever Been Kissed, and Blended, Drew Barrymore has delivered time and time again. Though we haven’t seen too much of her lately, the peak of her career sure was one of the most entertaining ones in the movie business.

However, she’s making a comeback, so to speak, as one of the new licensed movies coming to Netflix is Barrymore’s comedy movie in The Stand In. In April 2021, the comedy film will only be premiering in the United States. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming movie!

What is The Stand In all about?

The film, directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Sam Bain, will closely be following a familiar concept near and dear to our Drew Barrymore-loving hearts––especially those who have enjoyed Living With Yourself and/or The Princess Switch. Essentially, Barrymore will be playing herself twice with a comedy actress who has been dealt to go into rehab while her stand-in takes her place. Yup, sounds like a story Barrymore loves to commit to.

Who are attached to The Stand In?

Despite Barrymore’s inherent two roles, of course, she has to be starred alongside a great cast of talents including the likes of Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller, Holland Taylor, Teddy Coluca, Ellie Kemper, Charlie Barnett, Michelle Buteau, and Andrew Rannells.

What happened to The Stand In?

Now, this is a question that gives you a complicated answer. Though the movie is making its way to Netflix, it was one of the movies that fell victim to the pandemic. Having felt the ravage of COVID-19 alongside a handful more of movies, its entire distribution plan was disrupted. Originally, The Stand In was supposed premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and will eventually be picked up by Saban Films during the Summer.

When is the release date of The Stand In on Netflix?

In December of 2020, the movie premiered on video-on-demand services and will now be making its SVOD (streaming video on demand) release on Netflix in the United States on the 10th of April 2021.

What to expect of The Stand In:

First of all, having Drew Barrymore in the movie means Drew Barrymore approved of everything else film-related. That’s enough for you to expect a decent enough film to watch in the next month. However, if you’re expecting something so dazzling or Oscar-winning, then hold your horses, buddy.

The reviews for the movie are pretty standard––nothing too negative to point out, which is a good thing at this age of critiques. However, they really aren’t that positive as well. Take, for example, its score on Metacritic which stands at 38% while it stands at a modest 4.5 on IMDb with just a little over 1,000 reviews––not to mention a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes. Darn, Rotten Tomatoes really doesn’t give a poop about these movies, huh?

Turn to Drew Barrymore for a good review, though, as LA Times did say that her performance “does not disappoint.” To think that’s the kindest review there is, things aren’t really looking up for the comedy movie.

Barrymore’s name is enough to warrant a couple of thousands of watchers––given the fact that she is no stranger to the streaming giant as well as the peak year of movies. Considering she’s also a part of the canceled comedy in Santa Clarita Diet (which was a pretty decent show, if I do say so myself), it won’t be too hard for subscribers to give this movie a chance.

April 2021, by far, isn’t the biggest month of the streaming giant and so it would be wise to give The Stand In a watch. It’ll only take 201 minutes (1 hour, 41 minutes) of your day anyway.

Written by Hailey van Braam

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