After finding himself going through a divorce and bereavement of his mother, Danny is bored and miserable: spending his money frivolously.
In a moment of shier inspiration he decided that getting fit will get his life moving once again, but what starts out as a genuine try to get fit becomes an exercise in relationship management.
This is a light, almost rom-com in disguise. It does appear a bit slow in parts but this is made up for by some humours scenes. In addition to the obvious stars in this film, there are some pleasant appearances from Giovanni Ribisi (Friends, Ted 2, Avatar) as a surprisingly informative lawyer.
The director This is a whole new style we see from Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron) or maybe a natural progression. In this she is a highly motivated, determined trainer who will get her own way, with a hopeless crush on her boss.
It’s a nice mix of her previous performances, almost as if her training in shield and on off relationship with Ted were practice performances. Part of me thinks she held back and could have pushed her character a bit further to conflict a bit more with her boss and clients to cause extra tension. Saying that she was definitely the strongest character consistently through out the whole film.
Her boss: Trevor, played by Guy Pearce (Ironman 3, Prometheus, Hurt Locker) appeared to start off very strong, assertive and dominate. It was a shame that this wasn’t maintained during the course of the film. At times it felt unclear if he was as powerful or just as dopy as his dog. I’m not saying a character can’t develop during the story, in fact I would hope they do even if it’s just a little, but I think he dropped his guard too quickly. Be a man! If you want to know what I mean, look at your client: Danny aka Kevin Corrigan.
Corrigan (Superbad, Pineapple Express) definitely can continue his fragile/damaged personality whilst trying to impress, learn and be who he wants to be. The way he develops his character is great and was written so well.
The feel of this films is nice and chilled, you don’t have to spend too much time thinking about plot twist. There is nothing that stands out in particular, nothing that would warrant a ‘must see’ but I also wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it. Due to the nature of the film probably not first date material but something that you could put on just for a laugh.
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