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Brittany Runs a Marathon | 2019 | R | – 6.3.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Brittany Runs a Marathon” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout, sexuality and some drug material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene with partial nudity, a couple of near sex scenes, implied scenes of oral sex and a few kissing scenes; arguments, and injuries during marathon training; and over 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


When a woman (Jillian Bell) is told that she needs to make some lifestyle changes she undertakes the seemingly impossible task of training for the NYC Marathon. While trying to lose weight she also reassesses the way she treats others, especially those who care for her. Also with Micah Stock, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Kate Arrington, Michaela Watkins and Alice Lee. Directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. [Running Time: 1:44]

Brittany Runs a Marathon SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A man and a woman kiss while lying on a bed, the man removes his shirt (we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and shoulders), he leaves to retrieve a prophylactic and we then see him thrusting on top of her (we see her bare shoulders) until climax and they lie together and talk. A man and a woman sit on a couch and he touches her clothed knee, they kiss passionately and she gets on her knees and starts unfastening his pants (implying oral sex); he stops her and they move to a bed where he climbs on top of her and they kiss until she abruptly gets up and leaves. A man in a club asks a woman to go to the bathroom and hands her napkins (for her knees, implying oral sex); she initially declines but we then see her walking toward the man and the bathroom (implying oral sex).
 A man and a woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A man and a woman hug in a video and he kisses her on the cheek. A man and a woman sit on a sofa together and snuggle closer to each other; the woman looks toward the man’s groin covered by a blanket and says, “The blanket moved” (we do not see anything). A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 After having sex with a woman, a man tells her, “I could go again.” A man tells a woman, “I can’t keep having sex out of wedlock” and plays the wedding march on his phone as a woman leaves the apartment and makes a joking comment about never getting married. People tease a woman about her relationship with a man and says, “You’re gonna have sex with him.” A suggestive comment is made about a character’s relative and it implies inappropriate sexual contact. A comment is made about a character’s parents being unfaithful to each other. A man talks about his father having sex with another woman and falling in love with her while married. A woman says that she broke up with her boyfriend. A man talks about his first erection as a pre-teen. A comment is made about a man buying tampons for a woman.
 A woman wearing only underwear and holding a towel over her front looks in a mirror (we see her from the side and her bare shoulder, partial back, partial side breast, side and leg to the underwear line are seen). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in a club scene. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. Men and women wear tight-fitting running gear in several scenes throughout the movie as well as short running shorts in a few scenes (bare legs are visible to the upper thighs). A woman wearing a medical gown backwards (her cleavage is visible) sits on a table in an exam room and the doctor is alarmed when he enters the room. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and her skirt lifts up to show her legs to mid-thighs. A woman wears a cleavage-revealing top and short that show her bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman’s sports bra is shown on the floor.


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Brittany Runs a Marathon VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A woman collapses while running a marathon and holds her side in pain; another woman asks if she needs a medic and she is prepared to leave the race until members of the crowd cheer her on to finish. A woman grabs her leg in pain and we see her at the doctor after X-rays that determine that she has a stress fracture from over use. A man is taken off a marathon track on a stretcher (we don’t know what his injuries are).
 A woman reprimands another woman for always being late to work. A woman says, “Everyone I know is dead” (she’s joking). A doctor tells a woman that she has an unhealthy BMI, high blood pressure and that she could end up with fatty liver disease. A woman talks about being in a custody battle with her ex-husband and says, “This is killing me.” A woman talks about not being allowed to adopt a dog from a “kill shelter.” We hear a woman crying behind a closed door and her neighbor knocks to see if she can help; the woman inside is rude to her and says, “I’m broke, I’m fat, and my liver is shutting down.” A woman tells a man and another woman, “You’re an odd couple,” and talks about the woman’s size making everyone at the table uncomfortable and the second woman leaves the area; the first woman says, “Honey, he doesn’t love you.” While interviewing for a nanny position a woman holds a doll to practice CPR on it, and then stops and tells the prospective employer, “This doll is dead.” A woman talks about getting too skinny too quickly if she runs. A woman talks about having slept on a rat.
 A woman runs toward subway doors as they close calling out for someone to hold them but no one does (this happens in several scenes). A woman runs on a city sidewalk running into people as she goes. A man and a woman run and they bend over breathing heavily; the man talks about being embarrassed when his son asked him why he was so “girlie” when he couldn’t run faster at a school event. A man and a woman, both employed as dog sitters, move into a client’s apartment while the owners are away.
 A woman offers another woman drugs (it’s not clear what type) and after taking it the second woman is shown vomiting into a toilet (we hear gagging, spitting and retching and do not see goo). A woman snores when she is sleeping. A woman playfully puts tape on her nose to make her look like a pig. A woman sticks her tongue out at a young girl on the sidewalk making her laugh. A man talks about people urinating and defecating on themselves while running many miles in marathons. A character says, “I almost barfed.” A woman says that she is nauseous.


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Brittany Runs a Marathon LANGUAGE 8

 – About 35 F-words, 8 sexual references, 24 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, old, bald, disgusting, stupid, alcoholic, loser, fit sidekick, fat girl, sick, lazy, crazy, idiot, fool, drunk, judgmental, ugly, immature, ew gross, bum), exclamations (shut-up), 4 religious profanities (GD), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus Christ, God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Brittany Runs a Marathon SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman tells her doctor that she can’t focus and asks him for a prescription for Adderall, a woman offers another woman drugs (she shakes a vial) and we assume that she accepts (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and a woman rolls what looks to be a marijuana cigarette. People smoke (or vape) and drink alcohol in several club scenes, a woman drinks a glass of wine in her apartment, a man and a woman drink glasses of wine in an apartment, a woman guzzles a few glasses of wine at a party, a bottle of beer is shown on a table in front of a man, a man and a woman hold beer bottles, and a woman holds an open bottle of beer.


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Brittany Runs a Marathon DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Life choices, body shaming, obesity, goals, BMI, self-respect, temptation, debt, self-destructive behavior, accepting help, accomplishment, gender stereotyping, validation, insecurity, rejection, taking responsibility for yourself, humble bragging, support, success, failure, divorce, custody, drug addiction, rehab.

Brittany Runs a Marathon MESSAGE

 – Change is possible but it can be painful.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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