Mature drama explores personal connections; drugs, language.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Results focuses on two personal trainers and the client they share. It's kind of a romance, but mostly it's a drama about personal connections -- what brings people together, and what can drive them apart. Scenes of characters fooling around include amorous noises and expressions, but no graphic nudity. But there is a fair amount of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more) and drinking, and some of the main characters like to smoke pot. For those reasons, and also because the characters' relationships are presented in an adult way, with complex conflicts, it's most appropriate for older teens and up.
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What's the Story?
Danny (Kevin Corrigan) is recently divorced and suddenly wealthy, courtesy of his estranged late mother, but he doesn't know what to do with his new inheritance. He spends his days practicing guitar in his new mansion, watching TV, eating pizza and smoking pot, until one day, on a whim, he decides it's time to get in shape. Danny strikes up unlikely friendships with both Trevor (Guy Pearce), a self-help fitness guru who owns a local gym, and Kat (Cobie Smulders), a personal trainer who's ready to get Danny into shape. But the fledgling relationships start to evolve as Danny becomes an investor in Trevor's business and begins having deeper feeling for Kat. Will the ties between the three characters fray as Danny learns more about his new companions?
Is It Any Good?
It's kind of difficult to categorize RESULTS. It's mainly about relationships, so it's sort of a romance, but it's definitely not a romcom: There's not much com, and the rom takes effort to tease out. Nonetheless, the human connections here feel very real, thanks to the actors. Characters behave the way that real-life people actually might, and the three protagonists talk to each other that way real people really communicate -- sometimes not very effectively and sometimes not too politely. It's not always clear at first what's driving them, especially Danny, but in the end we see that his motives make sense, even if his methods aren't especially effective.
The weakness in this triangle is Kat. She's the least developed of the trio, and we rarely see her in her own environment. It's less obvious what she wants and why: She exists mainly in relation to Trevor and Danny. But still, she feels authentic. It's not always clear where Results is headed, but the characters will make you curious enough to follow along.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Results' messages. What is it trying to say, and to whom? How can you tell?
What do you think about the relationships in this film? Do they seem natural? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
Why does Danny push Trevor away? What does Danny learn that's so surprising to him, and what is he trying to achieve?
Why is Danny seeking to get in shape? What do you think about his lifestyle? What is he missing?
- In theaters: May 29, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: September 22, 2015
- Cast: Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce, Kevin Corrigan
- Director: Andrew Bujalski
- Studio: Magnolia Pictures
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Run time: 105 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: language, some sexual content and drug use
- Last updated: March 17, 2023
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