About

YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 105 min

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.

Writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, 2013) returns to the Sundance Film Festival with a fun, intimate fable that's utterly grounded in real life. As wrinkles turn into complications, then blow up into full-fledged issues, the talented ensemble keeps the pensive tone light and the complex plot breezy. The end result is a charming shaggy-dog tale that's been hitting the gym: taut, limber, and powerful. —J.K.

EMAIL houstonbking@gmail.com

COMPANY Houston King Productions

Credits

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Artist Bio

Andrew Bujalski has written and directed the films Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax, and Computer Chess. Funny Ha Ha was identified by A.O. Scott as one of the Ten Most Influential Films of the '00s. Between duties to his own projects, Bujalski has also worked as a screenwriter-for-hire and a teacher of film production at Boston University and the University of Texas. The Boston Globe has described him as "unerringly polite and somewhat disheveled."