Director : Andrew Bujalski
Writer : Andrew Bujalski
From the opening shot of Results, it's clear this is a movie without a huge budget. It doesn't look like a family home video exactly, but the production values aren't much higher than if you had a cinematic minded Dad as your Christmas cameraman. But Guy Pearce signed on, so you hope that there will be something here.
An early scene has Kat (Cobie Smulders) running through the sunburnt suburbs of Austin. She's already setting a good pace, but then she spots a car she recognises and she's off. She runs crazy hard like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, hypotenusing side streets to corner her prey. She catches the woman driver at an intersection. The woman seems shocked to see her. She's hiding something. She looks guilty, and not just because she's about to eat a cup cake. Kat is her personal trainer and she's a lapsed customer. Hell hath no fury like a trainer scorned. This is the world we've entered.
Kat works at Trevor's (Guy Pearce) gym, but normal workplace boundaries of touch and tone do not exist here. These two have a history. Trevor is Australian, and he sounds it, which must have been a pleasant change for Pearce. He seems natural in the gym setting too, which is the guiding principle of the film. People talk naturally, act naturally and exist in natural settings. There are no movie sets in the real world.
Kevin Corrigan, enters the gym as the dishevelled Danny. A walk-in who looks equally lost and bemused to be in a gym at all, but has the odd ambition to be able to 'take a punch". When Trevor allocates Kat to train him, we have the three legged stool that the rest of the film sits on. But this is no rom-com. Even though the three characters have occasional attempts at romance and chivalry, they ultimately pull back towards themselves.
Trevor prioritises building his business and gives more affection to his dog than to humans. He likes to visualise his goals, but seems blind to whats around him. Kat is at a crossroads, ready to move on but not sure in which direction, so in the meantime she runs in circles. Danny is a recently rich oddball whose unfurnished house may be a metaphor for his soul. It's unclear whether or not he put on weight for the role, but either way, he developed a fat roll on the back of his neck that should be up for best supporting actor. Danny moves on Kat first and then transitions to Trevor, affecting them both in different ways. Only when they are both done with him can they finally deal with each other.
This film meanders, but even when travelling slowly you have no idea where it's going which is enough to keep you sort of interested for most of the time. In an era of big budget blockbusters, with predictable formulaic plots, this sort of film should be the perfect anecdote. But while the acting is excellent and the characters nuanced, the lack of a distinctive plot leaves you wanting more, and wondering if what you just consumed was only empty calories.
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