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“Better Start Running” is trying to be a road movie, and one that’s populated with damaged people hoping to escape their lives for various reasons. It carries the illusion of a mild ride of shenanigans, with characters on a mission to cross the country, stopping at roadside attractions and getting to know one another. The screenplay by Chad Faust and Annie Burgstede gives off the impression that it was really supposed to be about something, with bits and pieces of real-world trauma detected in the fog of formula that blocks out the sun in this surprisingly joyless dramedy. Director Brett Simon visibly struggles throughout “Better Start Running,” always hesitant to give the feature a defined arc of emotional enlightenment, preferring to make a meandering, almost incomplete picture instead.  Read the rest at


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