In the tradition of "Swingers" and
Brian Drolet and Hoyt Richards drew on their former lives as an
Drolet undertakes the role of the sweet-natured sad sack, while Richards plays an ex-model who assumes ownership of the gym and schemes to turn it into a set for a reality series.
The gym's ragtag crew is composed of offbeat yet familiar caricatures: We have Bobby (Nick Nicotera), the
With verbal jabs and sight gags in equal measure, the script proves serviceably funny. As the film progresses, though, the hilarity does not escalate along with the outrageousness. "Dumbbells" ultimately isn't polished enough to catapult its creators' careers as actors or screenwriters — especially without that Weinstein seal of approval that "Swingers" and "Good Will Hunting" had.
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.
Playing: At the Crest, Westwood.