|RESULTS (director/writer: Andrew Bujalski; cinematographer: Matthias Grunsky; editor: Robin Schwartz; music: Justin Rice; cast: Kevin Corrigan (Danny), Guy Pearce (Trevor), Cobie Smulders (Kat), Giovanni Ribisi (Paul), Constance Zimmer (Mandy), Brooklyn Decker (Erin), Anthony Michael Hall (Grigory), Tishuan Scott (Lorenzo); Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Houston King/Sam Slater/Paul Bernon; Magnolia Pictures; 2015)|
|"An engrossing droll
relationship comedy by mumblecore
filmmaker Andrew Bujalski."
by Dennis Schwartz
engrossing droll relationship comedy by mumblecore
filmmaker Andrew Bujalski ("Computer
Chess"/"Hannah Takes the Stairs"/"Mutual
Appreciation"). This is the first of five films Bujalski
made with professionals. Again his edgy comedy
revolves around a group of socially awkward immature
young adults trying to become more responsible as
(Kevin Corrigan) has recently gotten
divorced, become filthy rich and feels terrible. It
seems money hasn't brought him happiness. Trying
exercise as a relief, Danny goes to the local gym and
is befriended by the fitness-guru gym owner Trevor
(Guy Pearce) and plunks down a payment for a year's
worth of private sessions with the acerbic
personal trainer Kat ( Cobie Smulders).
She's dissatisfied with her personal life and
compensates for that in her high-strung work-out
program. These three characters are clueless as to
what motivates them. Danny wants to bang Kat. She
wants a serous romance with Trevor. And Trevor wants
money to expand his business. They each want something
the other has that they don't.
smart-ass pic suggests that having goals is fine and
working to meet those goals is also fine. But it more
clearly tells us that the goals might be artificial
barriers that block what is what we really need that
emanates from our heart. The clever comedy, so much
sharper than the usual Hollywood rom/com, leaves
us with the message that we all have things to work
out for ourselves and that getting into good physical
shape might be nice but is not necessarily the best
thing we can do.
REVIEWED ON 11/7/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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