An eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family as they take a wild journey in the name of love while on the run from an overzealous FBI duo who wants them dead or alive - preferably dead.


Brett Simon


Chad Faust, Annie B. Compton (as Annie Burgstede)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Sharp ... Harley
Lio Tipton ... Stephanie (as Analeigh Tipton)
Mary Elizabeth Runyon Mary Elizabeth Runyon ... All Shop Mom
Zella Leigh Zella Leigh ... Baby
Emily Fitz Emily Fitz ... Shoe Customer
Juan White Juan White ... Sam
Chad Faust ... Dale Hankey
Jeremy Irons ... Garrison
Andrea Lwin ... Ada
Edi Gathegi ... Fitz Paradise
Jason Kehler Jason Kehler ... Hork Factory Security Guard
Maria Bello ... Agent McFadden
Chloe Catherine Kim ... Hork Gift Shop Employee (as Chloe Kim)
Karan Soni ... Agent Nelson
Jay Santiago ... Dale's Replacement at All Shop


In BETTER START RUNNING, an unexpected series of events turns everyday store clerk Harley [Alex Sharp] into a wanted man - and even more unexpectedly, he finds himself on the run with the girl of his dreams (Analeigh Tipton). FBI Agent McFadden [Maria Bello] is determined to crush him and wants to teach her rookie partner [Karan Soni] how it's done. But while the agents pursue their culprit, our hero has loftier pursuits. He kidnaps his Vietnam vet grandfather [Jeremy Irons] to reunite him with the love of his life, picks up a try-hard beatnik hitchhiker [Edi Gathegi] with a secret of his own, and against all common sense follows a roadside attractions map with a mysterious history. As the agents get closer and closer with every stop, this eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family, because sometimes a running start - can be a better start.

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Some journeys are more MonuMental than others


Action | Comedy

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Harley: You steal?
Fitz Paradise: Did Robin Hood steal bread? Did Jesus steal the grace of God?
Stephanie: So smart.
Harley: ...But... They're little girls...
Fitz Paradise: No, no, no, no. Look behind the curtain, Dorothy. Selling cookies is how corporate American turns little girls into capitalists. Teaching them how to capitalise on their youth in skimpy outfits to move product. Behind those multiracial, happy faces, there's a big patriarchal pimp turning out little girls, one by one. I steal to lift the weight of these boxes off of their backs - ...
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References Career Opportunities (1991) See more »


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Remember the insight and hilarity of "My Name is Earl?"
16 October 2018 | by Angry_SantaSee all my reviews

Well, "Better Start Running" has NONE of the positive traits of that brilliantly-conceived series from a decade ago. It's more like "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," but without Bill and Ted, and without adventure, and with absolutely NO excellence.

Utterly woeful script, acting and directing more reminiscent of a high school assignment than the substantially-funded production that it is. Irons and Seymour must really be down on their luck to take parts on in this movie.

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14 March 2019 (Kuwait) See more »

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Louisville, Kentucky, USA See more »

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