'Brittany Runs A Marathon' has heart but raises questions


When I first stumbled upon the trailer for Brittany Runs A Marathon, I was worried. A narrative that centers around a woman in her pursuit of weight loss via an enormous physical feat, i.e. a marathon, has the potential to be extremely tone deaf and surface level if not executed with the right amount of sensitivity and care. The film is funny, and Jillian Bell soars, but my suspicions were unfortunately somewhat correct.

The jarring part of the story is that it begins with Brittany going on an ill-advised trip to the doctor; she’s hoping to be prescribed Adderall in a thinly veiled attempt to take the drug for what the viewer can assume to be recreational purposes. The doctor she visits denies her a prescription and instead immediately instructs her to lose 55 pounds.  Read more…

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