RESULTS Trailer: Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders Lead Odd Romantic Comedy Riff

     April 15, 2015

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Magnolia Pictures has released the first Results trailer for the upcoming comedy from Computer Chess writer/director Andrew Bujalski. The movie stars Kevin Corrigan as a recently divorced, newly rich, and miserable man who seeks out a personal trainer with the goal of being able to “take a punch.” He subsequently crosses paths with a local gym owner (Guy Pearce) and a job-obsessed trainer (Cobie Smulders), and the three strike up a tense, strange, and dynamic relationship.

I caught the film at Sundance and it’s…odd. Corrigan’s character is off-putting and weird, and the movie’s a bit of a bore while he’s the protagonist throughout the first half. But once it switches gears into a romantic comedy between Pearce and Smulders, things finally get interesting. If the film had stuck with the romcom formula throughout, it may have sparked to me more, but as a whole I found it somewhat disjointed and disappointing. You can read my full review here.

The first trailer hides a bit of the film’s oddities and has more momentum than any individual scene, but is a fairly accurate representation of the tone and story. Check it out below for yourself, alongside a pair of new posters, all via Magnolia. Results also stars Brooklyn Decker and Giovanni Ribisi and opens in theaters and on demand on May 29th.


Here’s the official synopsis for Results:

Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.

 

Writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, 2013) returns with a fun, intimate fable that’s utterly grounded in real life. As wrinkles turn into complications, then blow up into full-fledged issues, the talented ensemble keeps the pensive tone light and the complex plot breezy. The end result is a charming shaggy-dog tale that’s been hitting the gym: taut, limber, and powerful.

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