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Brittany Runs A Marathon

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Adroitly Handled Feel-Good Plot Showcases Jillian Bell and Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Dramedy Talents…

Have you ever seen a movie where the plot seems telegraphed by the title and yet, somehow, you still want to see how the twists and turns of the story get you there? And once you are in the mix and anticipating the somewhat obvious outcome, you find yourself thoroughly enjoying the journey?

That, in a nutshell is what Director Paul Downs Colaizzo, Jillian Bell (Brittany) along with cast and crew have achieved in “Brittany Runs A Marathon”.

The milieu is believable and the characters, based on “Brittanys” real life story as seen through the eyes of her then real-life roommate (Paul Downs Colaizzo), have an effortless familiarity, and that is all mixed with impeccable comic timing from veteran, Bell.

Not to say that this is all laughs and farce. There are real dramatic moments, adroitly handled by the Director and his lead actor.

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Bell’s previous credits are an impressive list of a talented comedic character actor on the verge of breaking into bigger roles: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Workaholics” and “Idiotsitter” on Comedy Central, for example. Her appearances on “22 Jump Street” led to Jonah Hill designating her “the funniest person I have ever met in my life.”

As with many New York based productions, the city also factors in as a character in the dramedy. The final act is, indeed, the moment when Brittany does attempt the run her NYC marathon. Again, although telegraphed and known as the clear destination for the story, it is nevertheless suspenseful and emotional once the audience has lived the journey with Brittany in order to get to the climax.

The Amazon funded project (let’s not hold that against them) won the Audience Award, (US Dramatic) at Sundance and appears to likely to do respectably at the box office with a tiered US roll out – on the two coasts starting August 23, 2019, and then nationwide by September 13th.


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