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Better Start Running (2018)




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In BETTER STARTRUNNING, an unexpected series of events turns everyday store clerk Harley (Alex Sharp) into a wanted man... and even more unexpectedly, he finds himself on the run with the girl of his dreams (Analeigh Tipton). FBI Agent McFadden (Maria Bello) is determined to crush him and wants to teach her rookie partner (Karan Soni) how it's done. But while the agents pursue their culprit, our hero has loftier pursuits. He kidnaps his Vietnam vet grandfather (Jeremy Irons) to reunite him with the love of his life, picks up a try-hard beatnik hitchhiker (Edi Gathegi) with a secret of his own, and against all common sense follows a roadside attractions map with a mysterious history. As the agents get closer and closer with every stop, this eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family.

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Analeigh Tipton
as Stephanie
Maria Bello
as Agent McFadden
Jeremy Irons
as Garrison
Edi Gathegi
as Fitz Paradise
Karan Soni
as Nelson
Alex Sharp
as Harley
Chad Faust
as Dale Hankey
Emily Fitz
as Kendra
Sandhya Chandel
as Inn Owner
Carly Tamborski
as Flea Market Shopper
Anita Farmer Bergman
as Flea Market Shopper
Jerry Pope
as FBI Agent
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Critic Reviews for Better Start Running

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

An accomplished cast does what it can to bring the material to life, but it's tough to add fine emotional shading to characters so thick and cartoonish.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Better Start Running is dark, funny and sweet. The film acts as a refreshing palate cleanser from everything else out there.

November 7, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It meanders around when a commitment to even one theme or tone would have been most admirable.

October 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Plenty of compassion fills this sweet story, as the unbalanced FBI agent bears down and freedom seems unlikely.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Slow-footed sentimental road comedy which Jeremy Irons, as a mean-mouthed Vietnam vet from Kentucky, almost makes worthwhile.

October 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's difficult to find specific faults with the picture's construction when so much of it doesn't work.

October 11, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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