Mumblecore filmmakers are really breaking out of that limited ghetto as of late. Joe Swanberg has tapped into something great with actors like Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson, with films like “Drinking Buddies” and “Digging For Fire.” The Duplass Brothers have long since had success in the mainstream world, including their terrific new HBO show “Togetherness.” In the last few years, Lynn Shelton and Drake Doremus have also graduated into, how should we put it, more polished filmmaking. Next in line is Andrew Bujalski, once dubbed “the godfather of mumblecore,” who made two key entries in the genre, “Funny Ha Ha” and “Mutual Appreciation.”
At Sundance 2015, Bujalski stepped up with his most mainstream effort to date, “Results,” with quite the name cast, including Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders. And he did so with some pretty hilarious, well, results. The sometimes delusional culture of self-improvement — actualizing your dreams and achieving your goals to instant happiness — is sent up and skewered quite well in Bujalski’s latest, and it’s by far his most polished effort, too. Here’s the official synopsis.
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.
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Starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker and Constance Zimmer, “Results” hits theaters in limited release on May 29 via Magnolia Pictures. Check out the first trailer below.