Office Race Review: Slow and Not So Steady
Beck Bennett stars in this funny, familiar Comedy Central sports movie, but Joel McHale steals the show.
Office Race, a ribald comedy from Jared Lapidus about an inveterate deadbeat reluctantly training for a marathon, understands one of the great unspoken truths about running: that it is a miserable, arduous, soul-destroying pastime, and also deeply, profoundly rewarding.
Beck Bennett stars as Pat, a lazy, quasi-oafish sales rep at an investment app start-up. His idea of a marathon is watching all of the Fast and Furious movies in succession, but in a bid to woo a client who is zealously athletic, Pat claims a love of long-distance running a lie that doesnt land him the deal, but does commit him to participating in a marathon in three months time with the clients enthusiastic running club. Thus Pat aches, sweats, groans and generally hates his life. In other words, he learns to run.