Brittany Runs a Marathon

Brittany Forgler lives the good life in New York City, but at 27, the hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment, and toxic relationships are catching up with her. When she visits a doctor, she’s given a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy or else! Although she’s too broke to join a gym, her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running the New York City Marathon. Comic actress Jillian Bell embodies the character of Brittany. This breakout indie film was written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo, in his directorial debut. (R, 103 mins)

“The movie succeeds because Bell succeeds. It’s gratifying to see a so-called character actress with reliably deadly comic timing loosen up, stretch out and learn what it means to carry a movie.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune