Having a personal trainer is a great status symbol and could be the key to a happier, healthier life. However....

This brightly lit but drearily written little dramedy features a personal trainer who works for a fitness center. It is also a classic love triangle but if this is love...

Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski ("Computer Chess"), we follow three singularly unlikeable people as they trudge through their misbegotten choices.

We see:
  • Cobie Smulders ("Avengers") as Kat, an extremely fit, popular and effective personal trainer. This actress is a capable performer and in my opinion, should go back to the better choices for which we know her.
  • Guy Pearce ("Memento") is Trevor, an ambitious and highly motivated New Agey sort of guy. He wants to expand both his business and his consciousness. It's clear to me that physically, Pearce, with a notable six pack and great biceps, is well qualified for his role, but as an actor, he is over-qualified for this flimsy piece.
  • Kevin Corrigan ("Community") is Danny, a wealthy out-of-shape new customer at the fitness center. To me, the only interesting thing about this loser was how he came by his wealth.
  • Giovanni Ribisi ("Avatar") is Paul, an attorney who is acquired by our wealthy Danny on a whim. Ribisi looks singularly bored in his scenes. I can certainly understand why....although he HAS mastered the art of talking with his mouth full.
  • Anthony Michael Hall ("Psych") is Grigory, a heavily accented fellow whose wife hosts a dinner for Trevor. I haven't seen Hall since his old John Landis comedy days ("Sixteen Candles") but he has been working all along.
This R-rated outing offers nudity, profanity, drug use, sex and a big muddle. Many plot points got by me because I couldn't make out what was being said. This is my criticism about accents, enunciation and sound engineering; evidently this movie was produced without closed captions. I won't beat that dead horse any more. 'nuf said.
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Make up your own mind:
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