Run fat boy run movie review

Inspired by my recent enjoyment of ‘How to lose Friends and Alienate People’ I thought I would maintain my viewing pursuit of Simon Pegg’s back catalogue and watch David Scwimmers directorial debut ‘Run Fat Boy Run”. 

A pretty solid cast for a romantic comedy comprising of Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, and the under rated Irish comic Dylan Moran.  Those that have watched the British comedy series ‘Black Books’ will recognize Moran in a role similar to his character Bernard, and nothing like his role of David in ‘Shaun of the Dead’. 

The movie itself centers on Simon Pegg’s character Dennis, who stands accused by his friends as always finding excuses for his problems and alleviating himself from the responsibility of dealing with them head on.  Dennis’ major regret in life is also the opening of the movie, which shows Dennis ditching a heavily pregnant Libby (Thandie Newton’s character) at the altar and literally running for the single life.

Fast forward a 6 years and Dennis is a part time Dad and fulltime security guard at a women’s clothes store, chain smoking and unable to catch transsexual shop lifters due to extra gut girth. Although Libby still speaks with Dennis, she is well and truly over her former fiancé, the same however can’t be said for Dennis.  Libby is so far over Dennis that she now has a new beau, a rich, successful and intelligent hedge fund manager and typical city boy in the form of Hank Azaria’s character Whit.

What follows is a somewhat typical story of the underdog trying to win back the heart of the girl he loves, what keeps it original though is the merge of British and American comedy which is balanced nicely.  Although fundamentally a British film, there is enough of an American influence that I would struggle to call it an outright Brit flick.  What you get is an uplifting and inspirational tale of love, laughs and determination.

Simon Pegg is, as always, fantastic in his role as the loveable ‘average Joe’, utilizing perfect comic timing and just the right about of facial and physical comedy to get the laughs flowing. 

I won’t go into detail, let you know the storyline involves a marathon and just suggest you give it a watch, not one for the movie theaters but for a night on the couch with the other half it fits the bill well. 

I’ll be looking out to see what David Schwimmer does next as a debut I’m impressed.


2 Responses to “Run fat boy run movie review”

  1. 1 yupireadthenewyorker October 29, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Have you seen Pegg’s show “Spaced”? That’s his best work, I think.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of “Run Fat Boy Run” but I thought Dylan Moran was pretty good; I wouldn’t mind seeing him in more American films.

  2. 2 thethoughtherder October 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Yeah Spaced was a great show, I didnt watch it on its first run but bought the box sets and really enjoyed.

    If you’ve not watched “Black Books’ you might like it, Dylan Moran stars as the lead and it was dubbed as the sister show to Spaced, it even has a cameo from Nick Frost.

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