Awkward, chubby divorcee Danny (Kevin Corrigan) walks into a gym owned by charismatic businessman Trevor (Guy Pearce) and asks to hire a personal trainer who will make him fit enough to take a punch. Danny is looking for something to do rather than be committed to a change of lifestyle and when he is visited by Kat (Cobie Smulders), a fitness freak whose drive masks deeper insecurities, it doesn’t seem like an ideal situation for either of them. Yet both Kat and Trevor find something charming about Danny’s slackerdom and there’s an unspoken acknowledgement of a bond growing between these three misfits.
Andrew Bujalski has made four terrific, engagingly spare charmers (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Attraction, Beeswax and Computer Chess) that have garnered him critical acclaim and a keen following. The name cast and advanced production values suggest Results is a step up for Bujalski, though the warmth, wit and individualism of his previous features is evident. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
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