Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout

  • Variety
Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout
Jillian Bell is a comedic force who steals scenes with a delivery that slides effortlessly between perky and profane. She’s been an unlikely drug dealer in “22 Jump Street,” a shrewd pimp in “Office Christmas Party,” even an aunt who gets attacked by a vampire poodle in “Goosebumps.” What she’s never played, however, is the lead role.

“A lot of times my character comes in, says something funny and then roots on the leading woman before leaving after talking about her cats or something,” says Bell.

Those days of appearing as the best friend or the quirky neighbor changed with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” an inspirational comedy about a twentysomething woman who turns her life around when she decides to give up a hard-partying lifestyle and start training. The little indie electrified the Sundance Film Festival, winning the audience award and igniting a bidding war that culminated in
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