A movie review of “Results”: This laid-back romantic comedy focuses on an interesting trio made up of two personal trainers (Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders) and a client (Kevin Corrigan). Rating: 3 stars out of 4.
Some movies shake you to your core; other movies can make you feel like you just spent some time casually, pleasantly hanging out with some new people. “Results,” from writer/director Andrew Bujalski, is of the latter camp; not a whole lot happens, but you get to know an interesting trio, and leave them feeling satisfied that it was time well spent.
At its laid-back heart, “Results” is a romantic comedy, with a triangle made up of a pair of personal trainers — Trevor (Guy Pearce), who owns an Austin, Texas, gym, and Kat (Cobie Smulders), who works there — and a mildly schlubby client, Danny (Kevin Corrigan), recently divorced and recently rich. Both men are drawn to Kat, whose tart, bossy demeanor hides … well, presumably a vulnerable heart. One of them gets her, one of them doesn’t, and along the way some pot gets smoked and some pets (Trevor’s endearingly fat dog, Danny’s above-it-all cat) get some screen time.
This is Bujalski’s first film using professional actors (his previous work includes “Computer Chess” and “Funny Ha Ha”), and he’s picked a good cast. Pearce, in particular, has an earnest, sweet quality he’s rarely shown on screen, balancing Kat’s flintiness. “Results” likely won’t rock your world, but it might show you a few exercise moves you haven’t thought of, and its sunny, note-perfect ending (which includes not only a Silly Walk but a funny bit by a character named in the credits as Dominique, Depressed At Keg) will make you happy — which is, quite often, just what we hope movies will do.
Movie Review ★★★
‘Results,’ with Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. 104 minutes. Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use. Sundance (21+).