Brittany Runs a Marathon is a 2019 American comedy film written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo, in his directorial debut. It stars Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, and Micah Stock. The film follows an overweight woman in New York City who sets out to lose weight and train for the city’s annual marathon.
Up until this film I had only seen Bell in small roles, so to see her be the star of her own film and literally put on an acting clinic was very impressive.
The film follows hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgleris 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.
The film is a very realistic look at the struggle to be fit and remain fit. You go on this funny, and often emotional journey with Brittany as she struggles to let people in and keep off the pounds. But as she begins to achieve her go, she realizes that bad eating habits aren’t the only thing she needs to purge from her life. The film is equally funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends this film!