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Results (film)

Results
Film poster
Directed by Andrew Bujalski
Produced by Sam Slater
Paul Bernon
Houston King[1]
Written by Andrew Bujalski
Starring Guy Pearce
Cobie Smulders
Kevin Corrigan
Giovanni Ribisi
Brooklyn Decker
Anthony Michael Hall
Tishuan Scott
Zoe Graham
David Bernon
Constance Zimmer
Music by Justin Rice[2]
Cinematography Matthias Grunsky[1]
Edited by Robin Schwartz[2]
Production
company
Burn Later Productions
Houston King Productions[3]
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures[4][5]
Release dates
  • January 27, 2015 (2015-01-27) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • May 29, 2015 (2015-05-29) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $104,507[6]

Results is a 2015 indie romantic comedy film written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. The film stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, and Constance Zimmer.

Ahead of its Sundance Film Festival Premiere, Results was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.[4][5] The film had its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015.[1] The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on May 29, 2015.[7]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
    • Casting 3.1
    • Filming 3.2
  • Release 4
    • Marketing 4.1
  • Reception 5
    • Critical Response 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

Set in Austin, Texas, recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny's well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.[1]

Cast

Production

Casting

Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders were announced as the main duo and would join the already cast Kevin Corrigan, Constance Zimmer, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, and Anthony Michael Hall.[8]

Filming

Filming was conducted in Austin and Marfa, Texas and New York City in the summer of 2014.[9][10]

Release

Results was announced as one of the 66 titles in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will have its debut at the Festival on January 27, 2015. It will then be shown another four times at the Festival, finishing on the January 30, 2015.[11][12][1] The film has been screened at many different festivals including closing the Capital City Film Festival,[13] South by Southwest,[14] Cleveland International Film Festival,[15] and Dallas International Film Festival.[16]

They intend to sell international rights next month at Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Results was released in a limited release and through video on demand on May 29, 2015,[17][7]

Marketing

The first photo of the movie was released on September 18, 2014, via its production company, Burn Later Productions.[18]

Reception

Critical Response

Review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 81% approval rating, with an average score of 6.4/10, based on reviews from 72 critics. The consensus states: "Results moves stubbornly at its own deliberate pace, but the well-chosen cast — and writer-director Andrew Bujalski's insightful observations — offer rich rewards for patient viewers."[19] Metacritic gives the film a score of 73 out of 100 based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

Results received many reviews during its showing at Sundance. A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Corrigan is something of a comic genius." Kyle Smith of the New York Post not only criticized the casting—"Cobie Smulders, comes across as a walking iceberg only with less of a sense of humor" whilst Pearce's "bland character is even duller than she is"—but also the genre claiming it "has neither romance nor comedy". Moreover, Smith said of Kevin Corrigan he "is pretty much the last guy on Earth you’d want to cast in a romcom (well, maybe second to last: Kevin Smith). And yet he’s the best thing about the movie..."[21] However, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair believed that "Pearce, Smulders, and Corrigan give fluid, easygoing performances, never condescending to their characters no matter how pitiful they might be. Smulders is especially engaging—she makes Kat prickly and short-tempered but never entirely unlikable". Lawson gave an overall conclusion that "Results can occasionally be alienating with all its idiosyncrasies, but I was ultimately won over by its strong acting and kooky, mellow rhythms".[22] Supporting Lawson's casting comment, Scott Foundas of Variety said "Bujalski wrote “Results” with specific actors in mind, and the roles fit them as snugly as spandex leotards. Pearce, a former competitive bodybuilder in his native Australia (and still in visibly excellent shape), has just the right mantra-spouting, self-actualizing mania common to those in the fitness trade, while Smulders makes an excellent foil as the hyper-intense Kat, who seems to run her life according to the philosophy that there’s plenty of time to rest when you’re dead (once, fittingly, the actual slogan of an L.A. gym chain). But the high-energy boost in Bujalski’s protein shake comes from Corrigan, an invaluable side man in American indie movies for the last 25 years". Furthermore, Foundas believes although "acquired by Magnolia Pictures before its Sundance premiere, this delightfully low-key affair won’t pump major box-office iron, but will easily be seen by more people than Bujalski’s first four features combined, which is a very good result indeed".[23]

John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "Results feels little like Bujalski's first lo-fi, seemingly improvised films, but one still senses a reluctance to invest much in plotting or overthinking". DeFore's gave his bottom line of the film—"a laid-back comedy about people who aren't great at relaxing".[2]

At the South by Southwest festival, Alexander Lowe gave Results 3 out of 5 stars calling it "passable" and a "light, easy, enjoyable watch" saying of it "while not a perfect film by any means, the plot is light and enjoyable, the performances are tight and the conclusion is satisfying. All of that is far more than can be said for the vast majority of romantic comedies in recent years, so at the very least, Results should be commended for that. In the end, it’s a quality watch, despite not breaking any new ground for stories in this vein."[24] Furthermore, Jette Kernion of .comslackerwood suggested that Bujalski sold out saying "the filmmaker with a reputation for populating his indies with non-actors has brought us a film that stars, yes, stars Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders. I don't think I saw a single indie filmmaker in the cast. And it kind of has a plot! And who knows how much money it cost—he didn't even need to crowdfund. I mean, really, total sellout." However, she concluded by saying that "Results is bright and colorful both in appearance and outlook—a whole different world from Bujalski's previous film, Computer Chess. It's populated with some terrific comic moments."[25]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Results". 
  2. ^ a b c John DeFore (January 27, 2015). Results': Sundance Review"'".  
  3. ^ Jeremy Kay (September 18, 2014). "First-look picture: Results". screendaily.com. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Dave McNary (January 22, 2015). "Sundance: Magnolia Buys ‘Results’ with Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders". variety.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b John Stewart (January 22, 2015). "Sundance 2015: Magnolia Pictures picks up Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce film ‘Results’". theslanted.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "play dates". Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hugh Armitage (June 23, 2014). "Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders join Andrew Bujalski's Results". digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Edward Davis (September 18, 2014). "'"First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results. indiewire.com. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Nicolas Rapold (June 6, 2014). "'"Vanishing Into the Role. Guy Pearce Stars in 'The Rover. nytimes.com. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kimberely Jones (December 3, 2014). "Results Is In. Sundance Film Festival to premiere Andrew Bujalski's latest". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ Tribune Staff (December 3, 2014). "Here are the 66 competition titles for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ Mike Hughes (April 7, 2015). "Capital City Film Festival a great mix of movies, music". lansingstatejournal.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ Meredith Goldstein (March 16, 2015). "Andrew Bujalski brings ‘Results’ to SXSW". bostonglobe.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ Clint O'Connor (April 2, 2015). "CIFF 39 carryover: 7 festival films headed back to Cleveland". cleveland.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2015 DIFF FILM GUIDE / SCHEDULE". dallasfilm.org. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Official website". Magonlia Pictures. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ Melissa Thompson (September 18, 2014). "Guy Pearce And Cobie Smulders Star In First Photo From Andrew Bujalski’s RESULTS". wearemoviegeeks.com. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Results".  
  20. ^ "Results".  
  21. ^ Kyle Smith (January 29, 2015). "Miscast romcom ‘Results’ has neither romance nor comedy".  
  22. ^ Richard Lawson (January 29, 2015). "Sundance Reviews: Cobie Smulders Shows Her Range and Scientology Gets a Searing Takedown".  
  23. ^ Scott Foundas (January 30, 2015). "Sundance Film Review: ‘Results’".  
  24. ^ Alexander Lowe (March 19, 2015). "Results Review [SXSW 2015]". wegotthiscovered.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  25. ^ "SXSW Review: Results". slackerwood.com. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 

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