PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Andrew Bujalski delivers his most mainstream film to date with "Results," a heartfelt will-they-or-won't-they romantic comedy about two very different personal trainers (Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce) working together in Texas.
The setup is simple enough: Trevor (Pearce), an earnest and wholly sincere gym owner is looking to expand his business, while his volatile employee and one-time fling Kat (Smulders) is at a crossroads of sorts, dismayed by a dwindling or uninspired client base and lashing out, sometimes violently.
Things kick into gear when Danny (Kevin Corrigan), a rich, slightly out of shape loner (and stoner) moves to town and hires Kat as his personal trainer. He eventually gets involved in financing the gym's expansion while the audience is left wondering how two personalities as dissimilar as Kat and Trevor could ever make it work.
"It's a hard life and I think it breeds a wacky personality and I think it breeds a lot of frustration," said Smulders. "I know that was my character's battle, dealing with people she didn't like and she was just over it."
"Results" also brilliantly plays on the fact that Hollywood actors, like personal trainers, are in better shape than the general public.
"That was certainly part of the calculation: What do I do with gorgeous people?" said Bujalski. "He's a fine actor, but whenever I see George Clooney play a schlub, I certainly cannot suspend disbelief."
On set Smulders joked that it was actually a little difficult to work alongside the incredibly fit Pearce because of his unwavering commitment to fitness. "I'd be like, 'Are you going to the gym?' And he'd be like, 'I've been to the gym twice today,'" she said.
Bujalski, one of the original mumblecore directors known for his "Funny Ha Ha" and "Computer Chess" still retains his idiosyncratic flair in this inventive send up of a conventional romantic comedy.
"I can't go into anything without trying to make it weird. It was like a puzzle to solve — how can I do something that I care about that will be fun and worthwhile for me where maybe I'll stand a chance at earning more than four figures for three years of work," said Bujakski.
The film premiered Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Magnolia later this year.