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Review: I thought that I would give this movie a chance because I like Guy Pearce's movie and now that I've watched it, I'm in two minds with the end result. Its about a man called Danny (Kevin Corrigan) who becomes rich after inheriting money from his mother and he goes to his local gym to become fit and be able to take a punch. After talking to the gym owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) he is given a personal gymnast, Kat (Cobie Smulders) who goes to his house to put him through some intense training. After a while, the somewhat lonely and depressed Danny, falls for Kat but her professionalism and gruesome attitude, false her to cancel the sessions. While all this is going on, Trevor is planning to expand his gym business by opening another branch but Danny threatens to sue, because of Kats behaviour. After an intense confrontation between Danny and Trevor, they soon become close friends but once Danny finds out that Trevor is in love with Kat as well, a love triangle emerges and there relationships between each other become questionable. Personally I thought that it was a pointless movie but it's light hearted fun without much depth. Everyone put in a good performance and it was good to see a comedic side to Guy Pearce but Kevin Corrigan's acting was a bit weird. I didn't really see the point of Giovanni Ribisi's character, who played the lawyer with not that many lines and the movie seemed to drift into a love story which was a bit of a let down. Anyway, it's a watchable movie with a few enjoyable moments but I won't be watching it again anytime soon. Average!
Round-Up: Guy Pearce, 47, starred in over 400 episodes of Neighbours and 18 episodes of Home & Away before taking the lead in the movie Flynn in 1993. He then starred as Felicia in the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which was an outstanding performance and through 1993 - 1996 he starred in the TV series Snowy River. In 1997 he came back to the big screen with another brilliant performance in L.A. Confidential and after a few small movies, he took the lead in Memento in 2000. After a couple of years break he took the lead in the Count of Monte Carlo alongside Jim Caviesel and the disappointing Time Machine and I was impressed with his role in the Proposition in 2005. He then seemed to have gone under the radar with some low budget movies, until 2008 when he hit the big time with movies like Fragments, Traitor, Bedtime Stories and the award winning Hurt Locker. Since then he has become a bankable star with his roles in The King's Speech, Lockout, Lawless, Prometheus, and Ironman 3 and he has put in great performances in small budget movies like the great Animal Kingdom, the Rover, the Road, Justice and 33 Postcards. I personally rate him as an actor because he has proved that he can cover any genre. He does seem a bit distance and moody in a lot of his movies but his performances are always top form. Although he has starred in big movies through his career, he is one of the lucky actors that have managed to stay out of the tabloids so he can concentrate on giving a top performance in all of his movies. Anyway, this movie was directed by Andrew Bujalski whose only made 7 low budget movies in his career. You can tell that he had a small budget to make this movie but he did have some too class actors to work with, so he could have spent some more time on making the script a bit more meaningful.
I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedy/drama movies about a rich man who goes to the gym to get fit and ends up falling in love with his trainer. 3/10
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