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USA 2021
produced by
May May Luong, Kris Manzano, Keith Strausbaugh, Anthony Guidubaldi, Stephen Joseph (executive), Deborah Kay Kinzel (executive) for Hot Tub Mimosas
directed by Keith Strausbaugh, Anthony Guidubaldi
starring Kimia Behpoornia, Tavius Cortez, Andrew Hansen, Natalie Sullivan, Anais Thomassian, Roberto Raad, Jimmy Slonina, Marc Roberts, Jeremy Boone, Andrew Jacobsen, Ron Silver, Claire McAllister, Tiffany Luce, Philip Kotler, Cody LeBoeuf, Ryan Neufeld, Joe Palubinsky, Darren Pitura, Tiffany Thompson, Kasey Wilson
written by Keith Strausbaugh, Anthony Guidubaldi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A film that follows marathon promoter Ed Clap (Jimmy Slonina), preparing for his annual (usually under-organized) Devil's Canyon Marathon, as well as five hopeful participants, training for the event:

There's overly ambitious Ryan (Andrew Hansen), whose ambitions are unfortunately far higher than his talents, who's accident-prone, and who regards everybody as competition, even the film's camera guy.

There's Shareef (Tavius Cortez), who basically wants to show his triathlete sister (Tiffany Luce) what he's really made of, but who can't go out of the house to train as local police automatically suspects black people jogging to actually be running from the law.

There's young mother Abby (Anais Thomassian), who really uses training for the marathon as an excuse to get out of the house from time to time and at the same time force her husband (Marc Roberts) to help with the housework.

Then there's Jenna (Natalie Sullivan), who wants to beat the world record in finishing a marathon dressed up as a fruit. For product placement purposes though, Jenna is sided with another runner in a fruit costume, Ben (Roberto Raad), which she's furious about, but against all odds they land in bed together.

And finally there's Emilou (Kimia Behpoornia), who pretty much gives up right after she finds out what distance the marathon will actually cover, but the camera still follows her around.

Of these five, not all will make it to the end - and some not even to the start ...

 

When it comes to mockumentaries, this one pretty much hits the nail on the head, as it's just a really funny movie, but without just going moronic and while staying on subject most of the time (with the deviations coming across as intentional). And what makes this movie such a hoot is probably the characters who are just the right kind of diverse, but who feel just real enough to remain relatable, and the actors really have their roles down to make them work in a way that they work as more than just deliverers of jokes. Very cool entertainment, really.

 

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