Director: Andrew Bujalski
Writer: Andrew Bujalski
Cast: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, Constance Zimmer
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 29.10.2015
[Review by cornholio.]
Recently divorced Danny (Kevin Corrigan) doesn’t know what to do with the sudden wealth he just inherited surprisingly. But he knows that he wants things to change. So he approaches Trevor (Guy Pearce), who runs a fitness studio, looking for a personal trainer. Trevor’s most successful personal trainer is Kat (Cobie Smulders) who likes to disappear in her work. Trevor is initially hesitant to send Kat to Danny because he gets a weird vibe of Danny, but Kat insists anyway. Danny’s egocentric indecisiveness quickly upends both Trevor’s and Kat’s lives.
Results starts off well enough, but loses its momentum in the middle and then veers off into a direction I just couldn’t go along with, ending on a very sour note.
My biggest issue with the film was Danny. Starting with the fact that I should feel sorry for his plight of having an incredible amount of money and not knowing what to do with it. I can understand that you’d be overwhelmed with insane amounts, but you know what’s always an option? Giving money to charity. Crying about having too much money just makes you a dick.
But then Danny is generally an intensely unlikable character. And his development that finally leads him to lusting after college girls whom he invites to his house to party – an invitation that the girls inexplicably follow (a resolution to that particular story that could probably only have been written by a man) – this development doesn’t do him any favors either.
I can’t help but wonder what the movie could have been if Danny had been removed from the story. Because I quite liked Kat and Trevor (most charmingly played by Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce) and I was genuinely interested in them. Only every time their paths cross with Danny, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.
The film does have its funny moments and, apart from some very long lenths in the middle, it was nice enough. But thanks to Danny, it just never moves past “oh well, ok” territory for me.