Five years ago Dennis was at the altar about to marry Libby, his pregnant fiancée. 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, 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 more than a running joke.]]>
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
The movie is about Pegg who stood up his girlfriend (Newton) at their wedding while she was pregnant with his baby. The story then fast forwards to 5 or 6 years later when they've moved on and made their arrangements to co-parent, etc... Newton has a "perfect in every way" boyfriend (played by Hank Azaria) who is getting serious with her, and Pegg wants to win her back by running in the London Marathon (because the boyfriend runs marathons). The story is funny, clean and has a great ending. It lags just a tad in the middle for me (because I am not a fan of sports at ALL (except basketball) and the whole running thing was a bit taxing), but not so much that I would turn it off. I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Its story is predictable yet charming and its characters are diverse and often times hilarious. You can't help but feel there were some missed opportunities, such as exploring the other characters more in depth, but in the end this movie hits just the right spot.
In the end, this film is clearly not Simon's best but I don't believe it's necessarily supposed to be. This is a simple, sweet, funny movie and it doesn't need to be anything more than that.
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I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Oh, Simon Pegg. I really like Amazon's scheme of having movies available online. Very high quality resolution (even with the SD - it all depends on your internet... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Maggie B.
Good movie, a bit predictable... but most of them are these days. Simon Pegg is always fun to watch.Published 12 days ago by Earl L.
Funny as heck, I love this money, it's got a great hearting message to it and you'll love the funny easy moments. Watch it and enjoyPublished 19 days ago by Netaw
Really funny. I've seen it 5 to,establish and will look at it again when I need a "pick-me-up" and a really good laugh.Published 25 days ago by Raw-Words
Hilarious and inspiring movie. If you're a runner, you'll appreciate it even more.Published 1 month ago by Mike M.
I pretty much love any movie with Simon Pegg in it but his RomComs are the best. He has a wonderful combination of laugh out loud and deeper, more thoughtful moments in this film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deb Kastner
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