Since his 2013 breakout with the cult comedy/generational meditation Computer Chess (one of our Best Films of 2013), Andrew Bujalski has shot to the top of our filmmakers-to-watch list. The first trailer for his follow-up, the romantic-ish comedy Results, dropped today, and suffice to say, it does not look like the logical next step from Computer Chess. It centers on a love/hate triangle composed of bickering fitness gurus Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce, with Kevin Corrigan as a lovelorn, wealthy loser who vainly tries to romance Smulders. In between, there are plenty of scenes of protracted awkwardness and thinly veiled aggression between the three. Get your daily visual workout in with the trailer below.
The trail of the tape
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski
Cast: Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall
Release Date: May 29, 2015
The entire trailer in a few lines: “The guy was weird. He just gave off a weird vibe.”
The entire trailer in one screen cap:
While this trailer is surprisingly conventional in its progression, there’s still some Bujalski on the fringes, from the wandering camerawork to the absurdist deadpan dialogue and themes of intimate disconnection. But where Computer Chess mined its muted laughs from intellectual incongruities and cats (mostly cats), Results seems far more concerned with how many laughs it can wring from from this convoluted threesome.
Even with its star-studded cast and Bujalski’s cult reputation, Results’ premiere at this year’s Sundance was fairly muted, with many critics failing to sync with Bujalski’s comic rhythms. Our own Noel Murray wrote, “It’s too slack for a comedy, and Guy Pearce’s and Cobie Smulders’ acting styles don’t always fit with Bujalski’s sensibility—or with Kevin Corrigan, who plays the third prong in the movies’ bent love triangle. But Corrigan’s very funny doing his half-Walken/half-Brando schtick, and it’s fun to watch two people as fit and attractive as Pearce and Smulders fumble toward a connection.” Mike D’Angelo was even more mixed, calling the film “mundane” and ultimately forgettable. Still, this first trailer at least offers a look at what rom-com and dramedy conventions look like through Bujalski’s darkly tilted worldview.