Brittany Runs a Marathon

Paul Downs Colaizzo, USA 2019, 103’
Polish premiere
Corporate Animals

The talented comedian Jillian Bell, who previously stole every scene on Rough Night and 22 Jump Street, finally doesn’t have to fight for attention—unlike the eponymous Brittany, who doesn’t have money, prospects, or a perfect figure, which she tries to forget at yet another never-ending party with her self-important friend (Alice Lee), who doesn’t even pretend to be interested in Brittany’s problems. After hearing the brutally honest opinion of a doctor, however, Brittany decides to change her life—but before doing so, she decides to at least to start jogging, because who can afford a gym? Although Paul Downs Colaizzo’s film, which was inspired by the life of one of his friends and was an award winner at the Sundance Festival, seems at first glance to be yet another story that tries to resurrect the magic of the immortal Rocky (whose monument makes a brief appearance in the film), the debut director is not afraid to take a sudden turn in an unexpected direction. After all, Brittany turns out to be her own biggest obstacle.

Marta Bałaga


Sundance FF 2019 – Audience Award

Paul Downs Colaizzo

Born in Pittsburgh in 1985, Paul Downs Colaizzo is an American director, screenwriter, and playwright. He studied at New York University. Zosia Mamet, from the series Girls, played a role in his first play, Really Really. He is also the author of Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill. He was the screenwriter and executive producer for the pilot of a new version of the MacGyver series. His debut film, Brittany Runs a Marathon, which was inspired by the story of someone close to him, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Festival.


2019 Brittany Runs a Marathon

Cast & Crew

director Paul Downs Colaizzo
screenplay Paul Downs Colaizzo
cinematography Seamus Tierney
editing Casey Brooks
music Duncan Thum
cast Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock, Mikey Day
producer Matthew Plouffe, Tobey Maguire, Margot Hand
production Material Pictures, Picture Films
sales Amazon
language English
coloration colour
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