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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A hard-partying woman receives a startling wake-up call when a visit to the doctor reveals how unhealthy she is. Motivated to lose weight, she soon takes up running to help her prepare for her ultimate goal -- competing in the New York City Marathon.

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  • The trailer suggests a wacky DayGlo remix of Amy Schumer's body-conscious comedy I Feel Pretty, but don't believe it. This film, a debut from the writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo, is made of sterner stuff...

    November 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The strength of Brittany Runs a Marathon is that it doesn't claim to capture a universal experience. It tells one woman's story -- and it tells it well.

    November 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a film with charm and sweetness but a twinge of anxiety, a little gravitational pull to darker places.

    November 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • You'll think of Trainwreck, but star Jillian Bell is not Amy Schumer. She's more Rebel Wilson synthesised with Lena Dunham.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Colaizzo gives us a vividly believable picture of what it's like to be youngish, single and in danger of losing your way in any big city where status can depend solely on a talent for keeping up appearances via an artfully arranged social media feed.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The highest mountain Brittany has to climb is getting over herself, a struggle Bell makes poignantly, piercingly real in her performance and that takes the film into its darkest yet most relatable moments.

    September 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | 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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