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Brittany Runs a Marathon

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?

"At Sundance this year, Brittany Runs a Marathon was the low-budget indie film that could, sparking a US$14-million bidding war, eventually won by Amazon Studios. They made a wise investment – writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo has crafted a relatable and moving dramatic comedy about an overweight woman named Brittany (Jillian Bell) who gains control over her life by running.

Things other studios might frown upon are its greatest strengths, including a charming ensemble of actors often relegated to bit roles (Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery and Micah Stock are all fantastic), frank vérité-style cinematography and intimate storytelling.

Bell draws laughter and tears out of her character’s indignities but also invests us greatly in her desire to change her own life. In a summer full of action movies and retreads, the vulnerable power of Brittany is irresistible; I started running the next day." - Globe and Mail

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Directed by: 
Paul Downs Colaizzo
Running Time: 
103m
Country(ies): 
USA
Year: 
2019
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh
Screenplay by: 
Paul Downs Colaizzo
Rated: 
14A

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