Acquired by Amazon Studios after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Brittany Runs a Marathon tells the relatable tale of a woman trying to get her life back on track.
New Yorker Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell, Workaholics) is no stranger to hard partying, toxic relationships and underemployment. Life decides to give Brittany a wake-up call when her doctor advises her she needs to lose weight and get healthy. Too broke to join a gym, too proud to ask for help and inspired by her seemingly perfect neighbor Catherine, Brittany decides to take up running. After gaining a knack for the exercise, Brittany sets a somewhat unthinkable goal for herself: to run the New York City Marathon.
The plot for the film is relatively simple, but as the trailer shows, Brittany Runs a Marathon is anything but. In a light-hearted and comical way, the film delves into the topics of body image, self-worth and growing up. The film is an “inspirational story of a party girl who finally finds real friends—and dignity—by taking control of her future, one city block at a time,” according to a press release.
Bell leads the cast, with supporting turns from Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery and Micah Stock. The film, which comes to theaters Aug. 23, also marks the directorial debut of award-winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo.
Watch the trailer for Brittany Runs a Marathon below and see the film’s poster further down.