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Kevin Corrigan, Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders

Rated: R for language, some sexual content and drug use.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 26, 2015 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

A low-key, leisurely romantic comedy (or is it?) set in Austin, TX  fills out an incalculable tale of trying to realize personal pursuits almost inhabiting a world (of fitness) touched on in the vitriolic Coen Bros. comedy Burn After Reading. When one recalls the Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins roles.

Andrew Bujalski's Results finds an understanding between the gap of perception and reality in centering in on a newly wealthy, divorced slatternly Danny (Kevin Corrigan of Pineapple Express and The Departed as well as Seven Psychopaths) to give the narrative whole a singularity from relating and conflict. He'll rent out a vacant estate after involuntarily moving upon a fortuitous familial demise.

Guy Pearce's muscular Australian Trevor runs his own exercise facility (Power 4 Life) in the aforementioned metropolis and is looking to franchise what would elevate what would augment the mind and spirit with the carnal. He's into a demanding physical regimen and business aspirations.

Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age of Ultron, but best known for the small-screen How I Met Your Mother) as Trevor's devoted, accomplished trainer, but choleric Kat who is together (in a way) with him which isn't to her liking. She gets selfies from her new apparently content client, Danny, of different representations of his nutritious pizza.

How the characters deal with their dilemmas shows the filmmaker's affinity for a certain subgenre of independent film (which goes against its tenets in using amateur thespians, but does well with adherence to low-production values and levelheaded line readings. The characters, especially the hard-working Corrigan (who shrewdly rises above his usual supporting status) have a very acceptable quality and convince in the way Bujalski keeps them from oft-seen momentous purging or stridency. At times it almost feels like a variation on Noah Baumbach's Greenberg with Ben Stiller and a surprising Greta Gerwig.

It's oddly interesting to see Trevor conduct a work-out while dealing with issues and a more than able-bodied Kat tracking down a distraught distaff customer carpooling to school that helps furnish a scurrying pungency. While making the explosive, purposeful and fickle synergize a lack of self-consciousness in a pat, but nicely pitched pinch to make some savory, startling Results.

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