Opening Night Film TCFF 2019!
It’s rare for a movie to be described as smart and edgy as well as genuine, feel-good, and inspirational, yet somehow this hilarious and heartfelt debut film by award winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo checks all those boxes and more. The long-overdue-for-star-status Jillian Bell (Workaholics) is the witty Brittany, a twenty-seven-year-old with a job that barely pays the rent and a New York party girl lifestyle that’s starting to take its toll. When she sees a doctor to help with her “focus,” she instead gets a wake up call about the damage she’s doing to her body. Determined to get in shape she starts to run the city streets literally one block at a time. It sucks, of course, but along the way she finds friendship with unlikely new running partners, who set their sights on running the 26.2 mile NYC Marathon, and begins to realize it may be more than just weight that’s dragging her down. Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance, this honest and affectionate comedy follows an unexpected path that will make you laugh, cry, and want to stand up and cheer.
"A singular amalgam of humor, heartache and self-help that won the U.S. dramatic audience award at Sundance, 'Brittany' resolutely goes its own way, entertaining us as richly as anything that’s come out in awhile." - Los Angeles Times
"This terrifically engaging debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo is the best kind of 'crowdpleaser': one that earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises." - Variety
"The tone of 'Brittany,' and its emotional impact, reminds me of Amazon’s other heartfelt winner, 'The Big Sick,' which netted Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon an Oscar nod for original screenplay. Colaizzo should get one, too." - New York Post
"A fun ride, spiked with touching gravity, is not a shabby way to end the movie summer. Thanks to Jillian Bell, a comic force of nature with real dramatic chops, that’s what you get in 'Brittany Runs a Marathon.'" - Rolling Stone