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Sundance always plays host to “Nice Movies”. They’re nothing revelatory, but they’re a fine bit of escapism with a good sense of humor and characters trying to be better people. Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Brittany Runs a Marathon is the best kind of Nice Sundance Movie. It’s got the beats of a rom-com, but with the edge of an indie held together by smart storytelling and great performances, especially from lead actress Jillian Bell. Although the stakes are technically nothing more than a young woman trying to get her life together, Brittany Runs a Marathon is always compelling thanks to its humor and heart.
Brittany (Bell) is not in a good place. Even though she still has her sense of humor, she’s broke and even her friends don’t really respect her. After her doctor tells her that she has serious health problems due to her weight, Brittany resolves to try and run just one city block. And then she runs a bit further. Before she knows it, she friends with fellow runners Catherine (Michaela Watkins) and Seth (Micah Stock) while growing close to fellow housesitter Jerm (Utkarsh Ambudkar). However, while Brittany makes impressive progress on her weight loss, she’s forced to confront the emotional issues that cause her to keep pushing people away.
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