Studio: New Journey Pictures
Director: Peter Sollett
Release Date: December 25th, Y8
Theater Count: 2,450
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for Some Language
Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
Budget: $10 Million
Rooney Mara as Elisa
Brenda Song as Connie
Kate McKinnon as Kathy
Aidy Bryant as Suzanna-Anne-Helen
Sebastian Stan as Bill
with Brad Pitt as The Pizza Guy
and Tilda Swinton as The Trainer
Elisa (Rooney Mara) breaks up with her boyfriend Bill (Sebastian Stan), and she's depressed, so Connie (Brenda Song) convinces her to attend yoga classes with her. Elisa attends the first class and remarks why there's only a few people there--Kathy (Kate McKinnon) and Suzanna-Anne-Helen (Aidy Bryant) are the only other people there for the yoga class--and Connie admits that the trainer's teaching methods are controversial. The Trainer (Tilda Swinton) comes in and they start doing yoga, but Kathy messes up a lot so The Trainer pelts her with a soccer ball. After the first class, Elisa say hello to The Trainer, and The Trainer tells Elisa that she'll be a fine yoga student indeed. Alone in her bedroom, Elisa resolves to pursue yoga as a hobby.
So she goes to another yoga class, and after the preliminary sun salutations, The Trainer tells them to hold the "tree pose" for as long as possible, and Kathy and Suzanna-Anne-Helen fail rather quickly, but Elisa manages to hold it for an impressively long time, which is cool. Then they do hula hooping together, and The Trainer throws hula hoops at them while they're hula-hooping. They also go for a bike ride through a neighborhood, and the bike ride is shot in the style of Terence Malick, and Elisa likes the bike ride a lot.
Elisa gets the bright idea to invite everyone to her apartment for a pizza party, and The Trainer admits that she's never tried pizza before because of how dedicated to yoga she is, but Elisa convinces The Trainer that it's worth it to try pizza, at least to check off a bucket list item. So The Trainer and the other pupils gather at her apartment and wait around for a bit, and The Pizza Guy (Brad Pitt) comes and gives them two pizzas--one pepperoni, one ham and pineapple--and Elisa gives him the money and tells him to keep the change. The Pizza Guy grins and tips his hat to Elisa before he leaves. They all enjoy the pizza, and it's interesting because even The Trainer enjoys the pizza. Kathy and Suzanna-Anne-Helen get in a jokey debate about whether parmesan or red pepper is the better pizza condiment, and Connie throws another wrench in the debate because she claims that oregano is the best pizza condiment. They laugh and have a good time, and hopefully audiences decide it's the best pizza party in cinematic history.
Then at the next yoga class, Elisa realizes that she's in love with The Trainer, so when everyone else leaves, she admits her love to The Trainer, and they kiss, so they're in a relationship now. Then Elisa tells Connie about the relationship, and Connie's flabbergasted. And then Elisa meets up with Bill, and she tells Bill about the relationship, and he's flabbergasted, too. We see Elisa and The Trainer do stuff like go ice skating and eat more pizza, but the relationship doesn't work out because The Trainer is obsessed with yoga to the point where she prioritizes yoga over the relationship.
So Elisa quits going to the yoga classes, and she goes into another slump of depression. But Connie helps her realize that yoga was helping her feel better, so Elisa decides to go back to The Trainer's yoga classes, and during that class, she match The Trainer's yoga moves note for note, and Connie, Kathy, and Suzanna-Anne-Helen all see Elisa and The Trainer still have a bond through yoga. Then Elisa and The Trainer go for a walk, and they don't rekindle their relationship but at least rekindle their friendship. The movie ends with Elisa hiking up a mountain, looking out at the view from the summit, and smiling.