Marathon (2021)

Marathon is the story of the Devil’s Canyon Marathon, an underfunded local race organized by shoe store owner Ed Clap.

Starting three months before the actual event, we meet the runners, see how they train and learn so much about their lives in mockumentary style. There’s Ryan O’Brien, who missed last year’s Boston Marathon by nine seconds. Jenna Kowalski, a woman who wants to set the world record for fastest marathon time dressed as a fruit. New mother Abby Dozier, bullied black man Shareef Washington and Emilou Paunch, whose life gets better when she quits thirty seconds into getting ready for a marathon.

Now, it’s time for everyone to get running. Except Emilou. She’s doing just great staying home.

Directors Anthony Guidubaldi and Keith Strausbaugh have a great crew of actors to tell their story, featuring Las Vegas-based comedians from shows at Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, Second City and Blue Man Group and Los Angeles improv actors from Upright CItizen’s Brigade.

I do love films in this genre and this is a fine example. If you need a laugh, check it out. I mean, how many movies will you see with bananas running through the desert?

Marathon is available on demand July 6 from Gravitas Ventures.

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