Brittany Runs a Marathon

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Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.

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Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are starting to catch up to her. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor's office in an attempt to score some Adderall, she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted. Forced to face reality for the first time in a long time, Brittany laces up her Converse and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction--but is she on the right path?

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  • There are too many subplots, too much attention to the peripheries, and an eventual shift from sarcastic to saccharine that feels inauthentic.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

    Matt Cipolla

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  • This is not about the destination. It is about the journey, and it's a long, painful one. It is about more than just losing weight and running the distance, although that is hard enough. It is a long movie, but the characters make it worth the time.

    January 6, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Brittany Runs a Marathon is such an unexpected surprise of the year, blending the elements of comedy and heart together with utmost skill.

    December 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • As someone who has gone through a similar weight loss transformation, it really gets it right in terms of the personal shame you feel, the guilt, the emotional eating, and the perseverance it takes to accomplish a personal transformation.

    November 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Brittany Runs a Marathon gives Bell a lot of smart comic business, but her character's humour is signalled from the first as a way of deflecting pain - and is often funny because it's so mistimed that the people around her don't get the joke.

    November 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It is perfect, however, for viewers who enjoy slice-of-life films about flawed characters you can't help but cheer on.

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 26, 2019
    The formula of someone overcoming the odds and willing themselves into success has been done over and over again throughout the history of cinema. People complain about there being too many films based on comic books these days, and while I admit there are a lot, I would argue that there is an overabundance of every genre nowadays. There's so much content out there that the same story is probably told twice in the same year, if not more. It's an embarrassment of riches in terms of how many movies and shows are available for audiences to watch, so it's hard to see everything. Brittany Runs a Marathon looked like a movie that followed a very familiar formula, but I was still very much interested. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, I've finally had the chance to check it out.  Unhappy with her weight, diet, and overall daily routines, Brittany (Jillian Bell) decides to motivate herself to take baby steps, with an eventual goal of running a marathon. With the addition of new friends and other positive influencers entering her life, this positive story is one worth watching. Although she isn't always the most likeable character, that's the whole point of the movie in the end. It's really about not letting others get you down and taking it upon yourself to better yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this movie and Jillian Bell had a lot to do with that, surprisingly.  Being the secondary character to many stars throughout the course of her career and the comedic relief in films like 22 Jump Street or Rough Night, it's roles like that, that had me disliking her as a performer, but now I see that was just the roles being given to her. She has some real, raw talent and I actually look forward to seeing what she does next. I think she is a much better dramatic actress than a comedic one, although she does have her moments. The character is what makes this story good, but her performance is what ended up making the final film as good as it is.  Writing, directing, and producing his first feature film, Paul Downs Colaizzo does some stellar work here. From page to screen, he has adapted this story in such a way that I'm sure will resonate with many viewers. Whether or not you relate to the story on a personal level or not, he does a great job in sharing Brittany's story with those around her. I can see certain viewers seeing themselves in some of the secondary characters and having realizations of their own. This is a really well-done film all around.  In the end, Brittany Runs a Marathon may suffer at times from the lead characters making some unlikeable decisions, but it's ultimately a very inspirational story. From start to finish, I found myself rooting for her to get where she wanted to be. To reiterate, the screenplay and direction by Paul Downs Colaizzo are fantastic, Jillian Bell delivers the best performance of her career to date, and the final act of the movie was worth watching the film for. It really is one of the better movies of 2019.
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