Janet's TAKE: Based on a true story, #BrittanyRunsAMarathon succeeds thanks to a knockout performance by Jillian Bell. Grade/A-

While the plot
is clearly telegraphed in the title, the fun is in getting to the finish line. Ms. Bell and a solid supporting cast keep this encouraging dramedy on track.

Written and Directed by: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Starring Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery and Micah Stock

Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler is everybody’s best friend ― except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor’s office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon. - Amazon Studios

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, sexuality and some drug material
Running Time: 103 minutes

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