The new film Brittany Runs A Marathon tells the tale of Brittany, a fast-witted, twenty-something party girl living in NYC who doesn't feel so hot about her direction in life After a rude awakening from her doctor, who advises her to lose 45 pounds which Brittany hilariously reminds him, is the same weight as a grown Siberian Husky , she begins to take stock in her lifestyle choices. So in an attempt to set her life on a healthier course, Brittany played by Jillian Bell decides to take up running The rest of the film is filled with friendship ups and downs, family dynamics, heartbreak, self-discovery, and plenty of snarky quips—all of which result in a film that's bound to leave you in fits of laughter and joyful tears by the end it's def not just me. What's even more incredible about this uplifting film is that it's actually based on a true story.
The real Brittany is writer Paul Downs Colaizzo's close friend.
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Brittany Runs a Marathon stars Jillian Bell as the titular Brittany, a year-old who starts running as a means of bringing order to her chaotic, clubby life. The two grew up in Georgia and reconnected when they were in their 20s in New York. So inspired, in fact, that he began writing a script about a woman named Brittany who decides to change her life by becoming a runner. At the time, she was the managing director of the Naked Angels theater company in downtown New York, an organization with founding members like playwright Kenneth Lonergan and actors like Mary Stuart Masterson. Bell instantly took to the script, which began a new kind of journey. Six months before filming, they worked on building trust, so eager to form a bond that they brainstormed different fast-tracking methods—including, but not limited to, jumping out of a plane together. They nixed that idea and settled on something more earthbound: meeting once a week and going over the script line by line.
The story behind Brittany Runs a Marathon began on a couch, after work, back in She knew she needed to change. But how the hell could she break out of her cycle of work, booze, and crappy food? After hours of deliberation, they decided she needed some sort of physical activity, and then eventually, that she should go on a run. After all, they concurred, none would be more productive, effective, or easy to start than running. She started off small, making it a few laps around the block. Her new life began to take shape.
By Gregory E. August 20, pm Updated August 20, pm. Then living on the Upper West Side, she smoked a pack and a half of Marlboro Lights a day, had six figures of student loan debt and her job running a theater company had some unhealthy side effects. Too embarrassed to attempt an outdoor jog, she headed to the gym and slowly pounded out 2 miles on a treadmill. She was hooked. She stopped eating processed foods and lost 70 pounds. By November , she was ready to race.