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Brittany Runs A Marathon
I think this film is attempting to be a body positivity comedy, but in that capacity it feels pretty awkward in a few respects:
-The way they shoot things pre/post the doctor's visit where he tells her she is obese and should lose weight makes it out as if she hadn't contemplated her weight prior to that. This seems...unlikely?
-At her heaviest point early on, she is also just generally a mess of a person with unhealthy habits, professional failure, and questionable social skills largely in the form of always trying to be funny even when she shouldn't be. But as she starts losing weight, it seems her life is coming together. The final act of the film does complicate this in a way that somewhat saves it, but it still was a bit uncomfortable.
To a certain extent, I really appreciated her relationship with her roommate (she being a source of microagressions) as I've had a roommate similar to her, including their concern about having to work to avoid getting thin. But as bad as her roommate is, Brittany goes pretty far to show that maybe her problem wasn't her weight but that she's a bad, selfish person. The film violates my "no public scenes" policy. All this said, the ending was pretty emotionally effective for me because it had done some work to build these various relationships believably. So ultimately a mixed bag.
It is definitely beautiful and there are some fun scenes. It also feels very slow and long and even reading up after the fact it had no intellectual or emotional impact on me. Kind of a disappointment ultimately.