A quick take movie review of Brittany Runs a Marathon starring Jillian Bell, now streaming on Prime Video. A feel-good dramedy that is worth checking out!
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.
Award-winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo makes his directorial debut with
Brittany Runs a Marathon, an uproarious, irreverent and surprisingly emotional comedy
inspired by real events. The irresistible cast, led by Jillian Bell, lends heart and soul to this inspirational story of a party girl who finally finds real friends — and dignity — by taking control of her future, one city block at a time.
Winner of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Brittany Runs a
Marathon is written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. It stars Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street, “Workaholics”), Michaela Watkins (“Casual,” “Trophy Wife”), Tony Award nominee Micah Stock (“Escape at Dannemora,” “Bonding”), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, “The Mindy Project”), Alice Lee (“Take Two,” Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Bird Box).
The film is produced by Tobey Maguire (The Best of Enemies, Pawn Sacrifice), Matthew
Plouffe (The Fifth Wave, The Best of Enemies) and Margot Hand (Tumbledown, Permission). Director of photography is Seamus Tierney (Boys Don’t Cry, Adam). Production designer is Erin Magill (Hearts Beat Loud, Flock of Four). Editor is Casey Brooks (Obvious Child, Landline). Original music is by Duncan Thum (“Chef’s Table,” The Iron Orchard). Costume designer is Stacey Berman (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Villains). Executive producers are Jillian Bell, Paul Downs Colaizzo and Richard Weinberg (Boys in the Wood, Rub & Tug).