Director: Andrew Bujalski (2015)
Feel the lack of comic burn in this gym-based romcom which is stubbornly resistant to breaking a sweat in order to raise a smile.
Impressively buff former lovers Trevor and Kat (Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders) are happy working in the same gym even though he is a mellow new-age financial incompetent and she is an aggressive control freak.
When millionaire pizza-eating slob Danny (Kevin Corrigan) signs up to get fit, the professional and personal lives of all three become entangled.
Not that we care as all three characters are irritating and lack any chemistry. This is due to the actors failing to display any flair for comedy – despite at least two of them normally being warm and engaging on screen.
Plus they labour under depressingly witless dialogue – but as a great deal of it seems ad-libbed they only have themselves to blame.
There’s a montage which weakly parodies training scenes in far better movies.
Haphazard editing allows too many scenes to linger and yet still end abruptly.
While lacklustre cinematography is kept lowkey in an attempt to create a naturalistic almost documentary feel.
The uncharitable or the clear-eyed may describe the effect achieved as cheap, uninspired and dated.
Though it’s commendably avoids being lascivious when approaching the studio full of gym bunnies, the ending is misjudged and creepy.