Saturday, November 14, 2015


Writer/director Andrew Bujalski's Results about a recently-wealthy client's (Kevin Corrigan) impact on the lives of two personal trainers (Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders) in Austin, Texas boasts a strong cast and an unique indie feel but suffers from not being funny enough to be a true comedy, dark enough to be dark comedy, or dramatic enough to be taken seriously. Results intermittently entertains while teasing the audience with a cast (that also includes Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, and Constance Zimmer) that is far better than its source material.

Pearce is all-in as Trevor, the odd-duck owner of a local fitness center whose life is complicated by the employee he loves (Smulders) and the untethered client whose infatuation with the woman throws all their lives into chaos. Anthony Michael Hall has a small humorous role as the guru whose philosophy Trevor has based his entire business on. Trevor's eventual encounter with his idol needs to be either funnier or more soul-crushing but, like the entire movie, the script flounders when hard choices must be made.

Gene Siskel had a simple criteria for a movie that it must be more entertaining than watching the same people sit around and eat dinner. On the basis of that criteria Results fails. I have no doubt life of set of this movie was vastly more interesting than the end result which is disappointing given the number of talented individuals involved.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, Results includes interviews from cast and crew, the various promotional videos used during the movie, the trailer, and a short featurette on the animals in the film.

[Magnolia Home Entertainment, Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $26.98]

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