Brittany Runs A Marathon certainly is inspiring, but that’s only part of what makes Jillian Bell’s latest film so special. For starters, this is the best and most relatable role I’ve ever seen Bell play. She gives an incredibly raw performance as she hits a nerve with most of America in this latest project. Most America can relate to what Brittany’s issues with weight. However, the film is much more than let’s watch Britany sheds some lbs; it’s more about taking control of your life.
Writer/Director Paul Downs Colaizzo had the right idea when crafting this narrative to be more of an ensemble piece. Yes, the film is called Brittany Runs A Marathon, and it’s about she gets her life in order, but there are two other characters (one played by Michaela Watkins who is perfect in role) who seek to get their lives in order as well. Watkins plays Catherine, who is dealing with a divorce and the idea that her life is in utter disarray. We quickly see how the New York Marathon takes on a more symbolic approach for most of the competitors. It’s not that they’ve signed up to win 1st, the race is a large mountain to overcome. If you can run 26.2 miles, you can accomplish anything.
I did quite enjoy how the film makes a statement on the power social media has had on our lives. Brittany Runs A Marathon makes the point that we live in a world where everything is punctuated with a tweet or a post. It’s not that we have accomplished something; everyone has to know about it. The film makes the case that before we share ourselves with the world, we have to love who we are (that’s why Brittany doesn’t understand how an overweight woman can be happy). The film shows that sometimes the answers to your issues could be all around you. Are you lonely, or are you ignoring people who want to be in your life? Accepting who you are is the first step towards bliss. Brittany learns this, and so do we.