We are so excited that many of our readers were able to watch the early screening of Brittany Runs a Marathon in Kansas City! We also sent Movie Myla to see the movie early and she shared her passionate review for this movie!
Brittany Runs a Marathon Review
by Myla Tosatto
Anyone who has ever seen the titular protagonist from Brittany Runs a Marathon knows Jillian Bell is a comedic tour de force. She practically steals 22 Jump Street, Office Christmas Party and the TV show Workaholics. In Brittany Runs a Marathon she gets to do her natural, charming, and funny thing. She also gets to show us her dramatic chops (and her fitness chops!). Not content to be the “fat”, funny friend to her glamorous bestie, Gretchen (Alice Lee), Brittany decides to get in shape. She is put in motion by her doctor (Patch Darragh) and helped by Catherine (Michaela Waktkins) and Seth (Micah Stock).
While Brittany is learning how to run and address her physical fitness, she realizes that her life is in shambles. She is unable to care for herself. She cannot hold a job due to her partying ways. She can’t have a grownup relationship because she lacks self love. Her friends and fellow dogsitter Jern (Utkarash Ambudkar) are there for her when she finally meets her problems head on.
Brittany Runs a Marathon is a conundrum of a movie. It’s a feel good flick that leaves you sad because Brittany has such little self confidence that she won’t even accept help from her friends. When Brittany finally overcomes her problems, you almost forget about Brittany’s self esteem problem. Almost. Thank goodness her brother-in-law Demetrius (Lil Rel Howrey) gives her the kick in the seat she needs.
This movie is based on the true life story of Brittany Runs a Marathon writer/director’s college roommate. He saw the transformation of his friend and realized what a great motivating story it could be for others. Brittany starts off slow, she runs one block. Then she goes farther and farther. Then she runs a marathon. Anyone looking for some motivation to start a new healthy habit should go see Brittany Runs a Marathon. It doesn’t hurt that it’s laugh out loud funny as well.
About Brittany Runs a Marathon is NOW playing in theaters!
Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler is everybody’s best friend ― except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor’s office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon.
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