"Genial But Ultimately Abhorrent, Pagan Rom Com"
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RESULTS contains appealing performances from likeable, talented actors, despite the flaws in their characters. Since it’s more of a character study, however, the movie is too long and cries out for more structured plotting. Also, despite its genial nature, it serves up an abhorrent combination of New Age philosophy and immoral relationships, with a focus on romance. There’s also a lot of strong foul language. Thus, although it has a light comic undertone, RESULTS ultimately provides viewers a spiritually abhorrent smorgasbord.
(PaPaPa, FRFRFR, CapCap, B, C, Ro, LLL, V, SS, N, A, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview focusing on sex, romance and with some New Age, pagan false religion and false philosophy, with some strong pro-capitalist elements (though leading male protagonist focuses on expanding his business at the expense of his romance with a woman who loves him but is frustrated by the man’s obsession), but some moral elements such as a second leading male character prefers getting back to his wife, but there’s nothing religious or spiritual about that desire, plus a light redemptive element implied in one or two instances of forgiveness and some emotional moments stressing personal feeling; 58 obscenities (mostly “f” and “s” words), one GD and three light profanities; light pushing in one scene; two scenes of depicted fornication and some references to implied fornication; upper male nudity in multiple scenes; alcohol use; no smoking but one or two scenes of marijuana use; and, [spoiler alert] man’s ex-wife refuses his entreaties to get back together even though he’s come into a really nice inheritance after they divorced, newly rich middle-aged man (late 30s) goes to a sorority house to invite young women to come to his party (some younger men also show up at the party scene), characters are a bit self-centered (so there’s a narcissistic theme to aspects of the movie), and female personal trainer chastises client/mother eating a cupcake in front of her children in the car.
RESULTS is a quirky romantic comedy about a physical fitness guru and his best employee and former flame, who become involved in a romantic triangle when a wealthy man becomes their client. RESULTS is an entertaining, even genial, character study, but this abhorrent movie runs too long, needs a better structured plot, and contains some New Age beliefs, foul language and other immoral, erroneous pagan ideas and behavior.
The movie opens with Danny, a recently divorced middle-aged man who’s come to Austin, Texas to claim his estranged mother’s unexpected inheritance. The new money allows Danny to indulge his whims, but, because he’s a little chubby, he decides to sign up with Power 4 Life gym, a local business owned by Trevor. Trevor is a physical fitness guru and personal trainer who also teaches vague New Age ideas about health and growth. Trevor assigns his best personal trainer, Kat, to help Danny.
Though Danny pines for his wife in New York, who instigated their divorce before he heard about the inheritance, Danny develops a brief affair with Kat. Kat breaks it off, however, because she shies away from how serious and romantic Danny gets. She’s also still in love with Trevor, with whom she had a hot affair when she started working for him a couple years ago.
Eventually, it’s revealed that Trevor broke off his affair with Kat because he felt it interfered with his obsession to expand his successful business. As Trevor finally gets a big chance to expand his business, the question becomes, will he and Kat get back together, and, now that he’s rich, can Danny convince his ex-wife to remarry him?
RESULTS contains likeable, appealing performances from likeable, talented actors, despite the flaws in the characters they play. That said, since this is more of a character study, the movie goes on a bit too long and cries out for a more structured plot.
Despite the genial nature of RESULTS, the movie serves up an abhorrent combination of New Age philosophy and immoral sexual relationships, even though the movie is more concerned with romance than it is with lust and sin. There’s also a lot of strong foul language throughout the movie. Thus, RESULTS has a comic undertone to its relationships and to some of Trevor’s weird New Age philosophy of health, exercise and positive thinking, it ultimately provides viewers an abhorrent smorgasbord of today’s godless modern lifestyles.* The message at the end, where people are dancing to their own inner muse at an informal party, seems to be, if it feels good and right, do it. The message is done in a light way that puts a smile on your face, but it’s empty and abhorrent when you think about it.
* Note: To be fair, Trevor does argue with his clients in favor of being goal-oriented, which can be a good thing. Trevor’s not a deceitful guy, since he believes in what he’s selling.