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Rich schlub who's looking for a change (Kevin Corrigan, low-key) meets cash-needy fitness guru who's looking to step up (Guy Pearce, high strung). At their point of intersection stands (runs?) a beautiful, clever, relentless, sincere trainer (Cobie Smulders, mercurial). Writer-director Andrew Bujalski has capitalized on the lo-fi triumph of oddball subculture that was Computer Chess, adding budget and stars without compromising tone or intelligence. Everyone is allowed to be a person, to have a personality, and to respond to the personality of the other guy (or girl). Everyone is slightly ridiculous and/or foolish, but nobody — especially Bujalski — is content to simply poke fun. I might call it a rom-com, except I didn't laugh much. I did, however, smile a lot. Anthony Michael Hall makes the most of his brief appearance as a Russian kettle-ball master whose fitness dictums embrace rough reality: "Choose your misery: you can cry or you can work." 2015.

Matthew Lickona

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