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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Movie Review - Results

Results (2015)
Starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker, and Constance Zimmer
Directed by Andrew Bujalski
***Ts film is currently streaming on Netflix***

Despite nice performances from Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as fitness instructors Trevor and Kat, Results feels like a film searching for its core plot.  Is it a film about the current business and potential personal relationships between gym owner Trevor and employee instructor Kat?  Or is it a film about Danny (Kevin Corrigan), an overweight divorced guy who, following his mother's recent death, has received a windfall of money and decides to use some of it to try and lose weight (and emotionally grow) by hiring a personal fitness instructor from Trevor's gym?  Or is Results about Danny wanting to use his money to help Trevor expand his gym empire from a small single storefront to a chain of all-encompassing wellness center?

Writer-diretor Andrew Bujalski's film seems completely unsure of what it exactly wants to be.  While it succeeds at creating an appropriate balance between comedy and light drama, its various plotlines prove to be underdeveloped and scattered.  Initially, I thought the film was going to be all about Danny, but then that character seems to disappear in the film's final half after we've already invested a good amount of time with his storyline.  The switch is jarring and ultimately proves to be disappointing in a film that I was somewhat buying into initially.  As mentioned, Pearce and Smulders are quite good, proving to have a chemistry with one another and other characters that keep the film interesting, but it's simply not enough to make the flick recommendable.

The RyMickey Rating:  C-

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