Dumbbells (film)

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Women's buttocks, clad in small blue shorts.
Film poster
Directed byChristopher Livingston
Written by
Produced by
  • Brian Drolet
  • Hoyt Richards
  • Reagan Rosson
  • Barry Katz
  • Josh Goldstein
CinematographyJessica Young
Edited by
  • Sean Galera
  • Sandy S. Solowitz
Music byMichael Muhlfriedel
  • Full Blitz Entertainment
  • Check Your Head Films
  • Tortoise Entertainment
Distributed byGoDigital[2]
Release date
  • January 10, 2014 (2014-01-10)[1]
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dumbbells is a 2014 comedy film directed by Christopher Livingston and starring Brian Drolet, Hoyt Richards, Mircea Monroe, Jaleel White, Taylor Cole, Jay Mohr, Tom Arnold, Laura Ashley Samuels and Andy Milonakis, with a rare film appearance by Nancy Olson (her first film in 17 years). The film saw a limited release on January 10, 2014.[1] The film also marks the film debut of singer Frenchie Davis.[3] The film received generally negative reviews from critics.


Chris Long is an ex-NCAA basketball player turned trainer who finds a new purpose when his gym's new owner, Jack, unleashes a lucrative plan to turn the neglected business into a reality show. When Chris' co-workers resist this new direction, he and Jack form an unlikely alliance that allows them to face the demons of their pasts and ultimately, save the gym's future.



Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 14% based on 7 reviews, with an average score of 2.52/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 24 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".

Dumbbells attracted media attention in France in January 2016, when Netflix released a dubbed version of very low quality. The French version, which had been recorded in South Africa by non-professional actors, was called "the worst dubbing in history".[5] Netflix reacted to the negative reception by removing the film from its French platform[6] and ordering a redub by Titrafilm studio.[7]


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