‘Re­sults’ is a fresh rom-com

Los Angeles Times - - MOVIES - — Michael Recht­shaf fen “Re­sults.” MPAA rat­ing: R for lan­guage, sex­ual con­tent, drug use. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 45 min­utes. Play­ing: Nuart, West Los An­ge­les.

The rom-com isn’t such a lost cause, af­ter all. It was just wait­ing for some­one like indie film­maker An­drew Bu­jal­ski to re­sus­ci­tate it.

The in­spired re­sult is “Re­sults,” a fresh, dryly funny take on con­tem­po­rary re­la­tion­ships with Guy Pearce, Co­bie Smul­ders and Kevin Cor­ri­gan gamely hold­ing up their ends of one amus­ing tri­an­gle.

Re­tain­ing his Aus­tralian ac­cent for a change, Pearce plays an ide­al­is­tic gym owner who has been known to mix busi­ness and plea­sure with the acer­bic Kat (Smul­ders), a popular per­sonal trainer at Power 4 Life who has ter­rific form and a short fuse.

En­ter Danny (Cor­ri­gan), a self-de­scribed “pudgy and mel­low” re­cent di­vor­cée with a big in­her­i­tance. He sum­mons Kat to his empty Austin, Texas, man­sion to help him de­velop a fit­ness reg­i­men that will get him to a point where he can take a punch.

It’s in­evitable that th­ese three cases of ar­rested devel­op­ment will be­come in­ter- twined, but sel­dom in a way that we’ve come to ex­pect from this genre. Bu­jal­ski’s af­fa­bly quirky script and di­rec­tion of­fers plenty of pleas­ant lit­tle rev­e­la­tions, most no­tably the pal­pa­ble chem­istry among his three ter­rific leads (Cor­ri­gan has his best role in years), plus An­thony Michael Hall as Pearce’s spir­i­tual guru, a gruff Rus­sian ket­tle bell mas­ter.

Ryan Green Mag­no­lia Pic­tures

GUY PEARCE, with Con­stance Zim­mer, is a gym owner who of­ten mixes busi­ness and plea­sure in “Re­sults.”

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