READ MORE: Exclusive: Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders Take Center Stage in Posters for Sundance Hit ‘Results’
Writer-director Andrew Bujalski is best known as the “Godfather of Mumblecore” thanks to low budget indies “Funny Ha Ha” (2002) and “Mutual Appreciation” (2005), but he’s following in the footsteps of contemporaries Joe Swanberg and Lynn Shelton by making the jump to more accessible mainstream comedies in his latest project, “Results.” A critical and fan favorite at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the film stars Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan.
The official synopsis reads: “Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (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 (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.”
The film’s debut trailer above mixes humorous commentary on self-improvement culture with earnest character dynamics that would fit nicely alongside Bujalski’s mumblecore efforts. We’ll see if the director’s move to more mainstream fare pays off at the box office when Magnolia Pictures releases “Results” on May 29.