Brittany Runs a Marathon

Published March 11, 2020

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Film info

  • Title Brittany Runs a Marathon
  • Director Paul Downs Colaizzo
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 39m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline You can't rush progress

Hilarious and outgoing, Brittany Forgler is everybody's best friend - except her own. Her partying, underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her neighbour pushes her to run one sweaty block. Soon, she sets an almost unthinkable goal - the New York City Marathon.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:20 Amazon seem to have spent a significant amount of money on their ident.
4:42 “You totally missed the point of those Dove ads.”
11:25 Personal trainers mean well but I don’t like it.
16:02 Kids with 10,000 likes. This is the new world.
18:27 You do NOT want to see a clown whilst you’re doing any kind of exercise.
21:00 I haven’t played Uno in such a long time.
25:07 “Is he a serious runner or is he like you?” She’s a proper bitch.
26:08 I have so been the ‘we’re going backwards’ person.
35:50 Spot o’ Lizzo.
44:16 The roommate is such a bad influence and so unsupportive!
52:20 You couldn’t just come up with a jingle like that on the spot, could you?
55:49 “People, they like all kinds of people.”
56:46 “Not a ghost, just a woman.” That’s a different take on the Britney song.
1:07:41 Argh, why can’t she just accept friendship!
1:12:54 Rocky’s statue is like the Eiffel Tower of Philadelphia.
1:15:44 The bird poncho?
1:19:04 Jeez, she fell off the wagon, then under it, then it backed up over her.
1:28:13 They have great chemistry.
1:38:12 No, you’re crying.


My expectations going into this were relatively low - I like Jillian Bell and thought she would be funny but I just wasn’t sure. I ended up loving it! It’s not a straight up comedy, and actually hit a lot closer to home than I’d thought but that made it even better.

I could absolutely relate to so much of what Brittany’s going through, particularly the bit where she’s stood behind the door itching to go out but just lacking the confidence. And the frustration of the scales not doing what you want even though you’re trying your best. And the way life can throw twists and turns and challenges your way just when you think you’re doing great.

Brittany was a lot meaner than I’d expected. Sure, judge the roommate for being a bitch but actually Brit wasn’t that much better. It made a nice change though, she had enough redeeming features so you’d root for her but she wasn’t just a bland rom-com character.

I also really loved the whole of the marathon thing, inspirational. And that it showed how important the crowds cheering are. We’ve done a spot of marathon cheering and you could see that even though you don’t know the person running, a good bit of cheer could help them along the way.

Lovely stuff.

Rating: 5 / 5

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