Run, Fatboy, Run
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Run, Fat Boy, Run (FS/WS)
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 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.