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Run, Fatboy, Run (2008)

Simon Pegg , Thandie Newton , David Schwimmer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Harish Patel
  • Directors: David Schwimmer
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D11A72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Run, Fatboy, Run" on IMDb

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Five years ago Dennis (Simon Pegg) was at the altar about to marry Libby (Thandie Newton), his pregnant fianc+ªe. He got cold feet and ran for the hills and he's been going in circles ever since. When Dennis discovers Libby's hooked up with high-flying-go-getter Whit (Hank Azaria), he realizes it's now or never. He enters a marathon to show he's more than a quitter, but then finds out just how much sweat, strain and tears it takes to run for 26 miles. Nobody gives him a chance, but Dennis knows this is his only hope to be more than a running joke.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars who knew running could be fun? April 15, 2008
I too think, that the title "Run Fat Boy Run" is quite amusing and very apropriate for the film. Let me, in response to another reviewers question "who would pay money to see a fat boy run?" ask: who wouldn't?

The story is neither original nor complicated. At their wedding, Simon Pegg's character gets cold feet and takes off without explanation, leaving his pregnant girlfriend behind. 5 years down the line he, now a fat, pathtic looser without the mone to pay the rent, realises that he actually left the love of his life behind that day. She has found a rich, handsome, athletic American played very well by Hank Azaria, and has no need for her former fiance. So to win her back, Pegg must compete against his American competitor in a marathon race. Chaos and hilarity ensues.

Simon Pegg, who is nothing short of a comic genius, plays the gormless loser so joyously well, and adds to it his incredible sense of physical comedy. His American rival is in turn played expertly by Mr. Azaria, who somehow manages to portray a character that at the same time is absolutely charming, wonderful, and thoroughly unlikeable. The always funny Dylan Moran adds his own interesting personae to the character Gordon, the best friend of Peggs character. Also a guest visit from Little Britains David Walliams, makes for a nice little surprise.

I'm not the biggest fan of director David Schwimmer, but I must admit that he's done a decent job with this one. The score, scenery, production, and all the rest of it is also done quite well.

So in conclusion I'll say, that while "Run Fat Boy Run" is not in any way original or spellbinding, it does provide some solid laughs and is never boring. Definitely recommendable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember when "charming" wasn't such a negative? September 25, 2008
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First, a warning to fans of Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, the more popular of the Simon Pegg starred films: this isn't a film that would seemed to have come from the same team of film makers, that is despite the fact that Simon Pegg did help develop the story for this film. There are lines of humor and jokes in this film that hint at the playful spirit shown in those earlier films, but as a whole this movie is much more in the "charming" category where those films were done in a different manner entirely. Perhaps the difference is David Schwimmer's direction, perhaps it's the screen play, or perhaps Pegg was intentionally aiming for charming in an effort to widen his range and appeal, either way the result here is a film that fans of the earlier movies may be disappointed in.

If you can get past the idea that this film is going to be charming, rather than more satirical and crude, well, you find that the result isn't that bad. 5 star material, not so much for me, and really probably more in the 3.5 range overall, but I'm rounding up a bit as I happen to think charming isn't such a bad thing to be.

Simon Pegg plays Dennis, a man that ditched his pregnant girlfriend (Libby, played by Thande Newton) at the altar. Years later he finds himself working as a security guard that can't run more than a few blocks to try to catch the shoplifter that ripped off the shop we works at. Ah, the difference a few years, many cigarettes and not so healthy eating makes for.

Dennis is a not so dependable father to the son that Libby has been raising by herself, and meanwhile Libby has found another potential love interest (played by Hank Azaria) who seems to make Dennis all the more sad over the love he lost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PREDICTABLE, BUT VERY FUNNY! June 7, 2009
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I have really enjoyed Simon Pegg's films and 'Run Fatboy Run is no exception. With a winning cast this romantic comedy is much better than most films of this nature. If you liked 'Shawn Of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', you should like this film.

David Schwimmer who directs this smart and funny love story is to be commended for giving us an inspiring feel good romantic comedy without over loading it with artificial sweeteners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light humor for anyone training for a marathon April 30, 2013
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I'd recommend watching this with some friends while training for your first marathon.
It's comical, but with a touch of inspiration.
It's about a man who sets out to prove his love to a woman, only to find himself in the process.
Some bad language, which I'd prefer was left out of every movie, but fairly clean film for teenagers and above.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this movie March 25, 2009
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You should really consider this movie. It is cheesy and cheeky at the same time. It is not a Oscar winning film, no. But it is a good quality, very well written and very easy to relate to type of movie. I got it on sale as well.

I have yet to see anything that Simon Pegg was in that wasn't brilliant.

If you take movies too seriously, this is not the best movie for you. It is a very goofy romantic comedy, definitely good for a date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny...... July 19, 2008
By BJ
Just watched "Run Fat Boy Run"! One word "hilarious"!

Great comedy by "David Schwimmer" (you know, ROSS from Friends). The lead role is Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), he was great, as usual, in his role as the underachieving dad and ex-fiance of Thandie Newton (The Truth About Charlie), also starring Hank Azaria (Along Came Polly, Mystery Men)as Thandie Newtons "perfect" new boyfriend!

I didn't have high hopes for this movie going in, but it was excellent.

Very, very funny. This movie will definitely brighten your day / night!

Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie to inspire runners
I have loved this movie for years, and I bought as a gift for a marathoner. It is a great gift to inspire runners with humor, a heartfelt story and how even a "fatboy" can... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Without
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerk realized he was a FOOL! Happy ending
I like Simon Pegg. I was interested to see this because both he and the female star were in Tom Cruise MI movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Tholen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Of course, I love this movie. I love Simon Pegg, so I had to see it, and I was not disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Such an awesome fun movie. Simon Pegg is great. You'll never see the runners wall the same again. I laughed almost the entire movie
Published 2 months ago by angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought 2 copies of this for the 2 trainers I work with! I think it's a great inspirational movie and my family and I watch it each year the night before we all run the Turkey... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Coan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny.
Love the situational comedy that happens with the main character. It reminds me of myself and murphy's law. What bad thing can happen will!
Published 2 months ago by Alexandra E Honeckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Simon Pegg, Loved it.
Classic Simon Pegg, if you don't like Simon Pegg you'll hate it. There are many movies styled after this one. It's a lot like Danny Deckchair if you've seen that movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracy Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Simon Pegg we love
This was exactly what I was expecting. A warm funny, instead of a raunchy funny. Not so much a crack-me-up funny, but more of a witty and silly funny. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greg Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome funny movie!
although not as comically sardonic as some of simon pegg's other movies, this one was funny in a cute and relaxed-cynical sort of way. i love it!
Published 2 months ago by enid boring
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Underdog Story
I had no clue who Simon Pegg was until I found this movie and have been a fan of his ever since. I actually got the movie because I am a Thandie Newton fan and had never seen her... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Jones
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