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Genre: Comedy / Actors: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton ... / DVD released 18 February, 2008 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      30.06.2011 01:35
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      A marathon challenge for Simon Pegg

      I've really enjoyed pretty much all the Simon Pegg films that I have seen. Surprisingly enough, I waited to see this one on the television. However, I have now seen it a few times, although I should point out it seems to come onto television a lot, so if you're thinking about buying it, you might find you are kicking yourself if you do then find it is on telly the next day!

      Story

      Dennis had the most perfect fiance he could hope for, but on his wedding day, he panicked and ran, leaving his pregnant other half baffled. Five years on and the two are very much living apart, Dennis always with the hope that maybe he can win his ex, Libby back one day. He struggles with his rent and is stuck in a dead-end job as a security guard for a lingerie store. Then he discovers that Libby is seeing someone, and this sounds increasingly serious. The new rival lover Whit is a high-flier and a real charmer, so it seems that Dennis has lost Libby forever. Whit is running the marathon and Dennis decides to enter himself in order to prove to his ex that he can start and complete something for once and maybe win back her favour. However, deadlines are already gone and even if he gets his chance, he learns that every runner hits a point that they will struggle to go beyond, known as "the wall", stopping them from moving, breathing and carrying on, which for someone who often gives up, could mean the end of the line. Will he be able to enter at such short notice, how can he prepare and will this make any difference to her?

      This film deals with some serious relationship and life issues in a light-hearted and touching way. The situation Dennis faces is not unusual and probably one that a lot of people can relate to, although I would not say it means to create a stereotype of young men. It is more about how it can be difficult to persevere when the going gets tough until you realise what is at stake. In this case it is romance and family at stake and Dennis starts to realise he needs to take a bit of responsibility and do something about his life. The way other people pull together to support him is sweet, but also adds to that sense of responsibility. I felt that this film was actually speaking to people like me, trying to remind us that when we give up on something there are others affected to. Personally I made a lot of bad decisions in my life and like Dennis in this film, have ended up in a dead end job relying on the good will of others for survival. Now I'm going to take a risk and study for a career change. Okay, I have a good relationship and no big responsibilities like children, but this film also shows how friends and family who support and encourage us deserve to see us making the effort too. In this case Dennis starts to get a lot of support from friends and because of this we feel he really should not let them down as well as Libby. He endeavors to do the marathon and must try his best to stick with it. I was surprised to find just how influential this cute little comedy has been on my approach to moving forward with life and I'll probably watch it when I start to feel like giving up on my own dreams too.

      The humour is a little crude at times, but on the whole I did find this film quite funny and did laugh a fair bit. I still enjoyed the humour on second and third watching and will probably enjoy it several times yet to come since it is mostly my kind of humour (except the yucky moment I mention further down in this review under Film qualities).

      Acting/Characters

      Well, since I like Simon Pegg films, I definitely liked this one. He is very consistent in his acting standards, albeit a little repetitive for some. For me this has become more familiarity and the more I watch the closer I feel to the characters Pegg plays. They are indeed always very down-to-earth and tend to have something I feel I can relate to, and I think a lot of people would feel the same. Pegg has his own lines and mannerisms that seem to fit with every character he plays, even if they are a completely different kind of character to one previously played. However, in this case I would say the character is less original and more similar to the likes of Shaun of the Dead, another where he seems to be trying to win back an ex behind a more crucial agenda.

      Without Nick Frost in this film, I was pleased to see another familiar actor that starred in Shaun of the Dead and here offers a very different, but sound performance, that was Dylan Moran. Then, a jealous friend of the ex, now a loyal friend with a risky betting habit that puts their friendship on the line.

      Libby is played by Thandie Newton emotively yet in such a way that on first watching this film I really could not predict her character. The chemistry between her and Simon Pegg, however, I felt was a little odd, perhaps because she was just a little too dramatic at times. It was definitely a good performance but somehow I did not feel that it completely fitted in with the rest of the characters and she was just a bit too deep. Perhaps this is also because there needed to be some acknowledgement of the seriousness of Dennis' problems but it does somewhat break up the humour.

      Hank Azaria was a convincing rival, with that irritatingly over-polite nature of someone too perfect to be human. We sympathise all the more with Dennis because it really does look like he doesn't have a cat's chance in hell!

      Film qualities

      The film is very down-to-earth and sets a scene for Dennis as someone having trouble making ends meet yet not exactly poverty-stricken. We have to appreciate more the effect of him feeling like he has little to offer, but not so much that we just end up feeling sorry for him. This is contrasted sharply by Whit's elite world where the likes of Dennis are simply not welcome. Featuring shots of Liverpool Street and the famous gherkin building, a gloriously designed flat with the best view of the city and glamorous lighting and decor, it is a lifestyle I'd love to have but feel totally intimidated by, and I think that is the point.

      Everything is shown with clarity and this does mean the odd scene I wish I'd looked away for, in particular Dennis bursting a nasty big blister, which was disgusting!

      I have never spotted them, but according to IMDB Trivia the film features cartoon depictions of Dennis' various moments. I can only really say that they cannot be that noticeable as I have seen the film 3 times and do not recall them at all. I wish I had known to look for them but it is an excuse to watch it again at some point! I thought I will mention as if you do want to watch this film you might like to look out for them and comment on them!

      The music does seem to be generally very much of the motivational kind in this film and overall very upbeat. There are a few very serious moments in the film that are well complemented by background music and songs.

      Classification

      I certainly would not argue with the rating of 12A on this film, as it is meant to be a nice harmless film, but with odd notes of strong language and implicit rude scenes I can understand that some parents or guardians would rather not let their children see this film until a little older. There are also fights between characters, though nothing violent or brutal occurs, it may be not for everyone.

      Conclusion

      Another film I hope to get around to owning a copy of, and would like to share with everyone. If you like Simon Pegg and actors connected with him, you'll love this film. For me it really has meant something more than just being funny because it has inspired me and will probably continue to do so. Although I can't expect that much of everyone, I do hope that others will find that this film sends out very good messages that could really help us think about how we deal with things.

      The film will be shown on television again and again and like other films at this point I can't outright suggest going out and buying it. It is not especially brilliant but rather a very good one to watch. On the other hand, I will be buying a copy because I'd like to be able to watch at any time and it has been quite influential, plus I'd like to own the Simon Pegg films! For the odd few like me, this is a good film, so I'd say go for it!

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        28.02.2011 18:10

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        A romantic comedy

        Simon pegg in this is just brillant he plays the roll perfectly he is a legend in my eyes. I thought when it came on tv last month lets give it a go as I was tired and was just heading off to bed and this started I watched the first five minutes and I was in a trance a trance of intrest and laughter.

        It is a comedy slash romance. It is a good film if you are on a first date too as bit of romance towards the end and two guys fighting for love over the same woman one guy a high flyer the other guy a normal working class but two different personalities and heart.

        It is all based on a race which baffles me how you can laugh so much based on one topic but the charcters or actors should I say come into the film is just brillant and all play a part in the funniest film I have seen this year and for free to on tv. This is the first film I have seen with simon pegg in it and loved him so much I have now watched his other film hot fuzz.

        I would recomend this to anyone looking for a lot of laugh out loud moments.

        Pegg Your the man

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        27.06.2010 10:02
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        Simon Pegg runs the marathon to get back the girl....

        Following the success of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg has rapidly become part of a quirky, quintessential British institution. His performances are rarely disappointing and with this in mind, it stands to reason that Run Fat Boy Run should be an absolute hoot....

        Unfortunately this is only sligtly above average fare with some funny moments but nothing that will blow you away!

        Pegg is a loser who is afraid of commitment and who spends his life running from his problems. A fact that is illustrated perfectly when he abandons his fiancee on her wedding day despite her being heavily pregnant!

        Five years later, Pegg is still in touch and burning a candle for his lost love. He sees her frequently whenever he goes to spend time with his son so is somewhat disconcerted when he discovers that she has a new man in her life! Whit is suave, successful, near-perfectly good looking and American. He is also a competitive runner who is about to take part in the London Marathon. Determined to show that he CAN be committed and in a mis-guided atempt to win his ex-fiancee back, and in a bid to show up his competition in Whit, Pegg decides he too will enter the marathon.

        Except Pegg is drastically unfit. And I do mean drastically. Which prompts his best friend, Dylan Moran, and his eternally patient and good-natured landlord to become his trainers.

        Can Pegg get fit in time to race? Can he find a charity sponsor to support his efforts, his only chance to get into the marathon at this so late stage of the game? Will he win the girl? Do we care?

        This is an okay film but it does smack a little of desperation when the writers start throwing in a couple of toilet/ fart jokes in order to score some cheap laughs! Nick Frost is likewise missing and the relationship and charisma between Pegg and Moran simply isn't the same!

        Overall, I DID actually quite enjoy this feel-good film despite my heavy critiscism but it is not one I would watch again and was only something I watched because it was on telly and for no other reason. I do think Pegg can do better than this and it was the kind of film I almost expect Hugh Grant to appear in (comparisons can be made here to About A Boy) and though there are some notable cameos (David Walliams playing an almost identical character to the annoying customer in Little Britain, and Stephen Merchant without partner, Ricky Gervais) and this is a witty, British comedy of the kind we normally do so well, the whole thing ultimately just feels a little flat and 2-dimensional at times.

        Maybe part of this is because it was directed by David Schwimmer, an American, famous for playing Ross in Friends! And Americans are not always that great after all at doing British humour. Still this is still not without some laughs and that has gotta be good for something.....

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        14.06.2010 07:14
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        Rent it... don't buy it

        Full of the sort of juvenile comedy that makes Mr Bean so popular. As a one off film its priceless, I suspect a second watching would reveal it to be full of cheap laughs which wouldn't work a second time around but the sheer ridiculousness of it had me snorting out loud with laughter much to the bemusement of my long suffering other half. Perhaps the comedy element came because so many of Dennis' (the hapless Mr Bean-a-like) mannerisms have been displayed by him at one time or another but mostly because the comic timing was fabulous.

        The film starts on Dennis' wedding day when he makes a run for it from the bedroom window rather than walking his pregnant bride down the aisle. Jump forward five years to his attempts to bond with snotface, the child he abandoned at the same time. However its one thing trying to gain the affections of a child and another trying to compete with mums new boyfriend who is handsome, loaded and uber fit. Somehow Dennis the chain smoking chap with beer assisted middle aged spread finds him declaring that he'll run a marathon in 3 weeks time to win back his girl. Cue far too many scenes of man with beer gut wedged in microscopic skin tight lycra. Its not pretty but it is very very funny. Once.

        One of the big promotional pushes on this film was the introduction of novice producer Davis Schwimmer (of Friends fame) to the other side of the camera. Perhaps it needed a big name to draw an audience as with the exception of Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) I hadn't previously heard of any of the actors. Not that this mattered in the slightest. It was British humour at its most juvenile and it was great.

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        10.06.2010 07:47
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        Dennis decides he must run the marathon to win back his love

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        Dennis Doyle is due to marry his fiancé Libby, who is pregnant with his child. Unfortunately on the weeding day he gets cold feet and runs away. The then get to see Dennis 5 years later when he is working as a security guard but he is extremely unfit. He still sees his son and is very much still in love with Libby.

        He gets a shock when he goes to pick up his son and finds Libby has a new boyfriend, Whit who s everything he is not. He takes an instant dislike to him and even more so when he finds out he is running the marathon for charity. He decides that if he is going to win Libby back he has to run the marathon as well, but this is going to be a hard task as he only has 3 weeks to train.

        He seeks the help of best friend Gordon to help train him but it is proving harder than he thought. Will Dennis be able to outsmart Whit and complete the marathon and will it mean he gets the love of his life back?

        I have seen a lot of trailers for this film over the years and thought it looked a good funny film but for some reason I have never got around to watching it. I am so glad that I did finally make time to watch this as it is very funny. The storyline is good and not too over the top, I liked how it was bought to the screen with normal people and not crazy folk who would have made the story very unbelievable.

        Simon Pegg took the lead role of Dennis and he was excellent. I instantly liked his character and as we knew about his past I could easily understand why he was the way he was and how he wanted to change and get his woman back. He made me feel sop many different emotions, from sadness for his loneliness to laughing out loud at him training as he was so unfit. He bought just the right amount of humour to his character so not as to make him seem stupid but he still had the slightly mad edge. He worked well and had a good chemistry with Thandie Newton who played Libby and I was always able to see some spark between the two despite not being a couple. Thandie also gave a good performance and I liked how she came across as strong and had got over her non-wedding. I liked her character as she was still prepared to make an effort with Dennis for the sake of her son.

        We had a lot of good supporting actors in the film, the role of Whit was played by Hank Azaria and he was a good character but I have to say I did find him to nice and found he was trying to hard but Hank acted this out very well. The other roles which stood out to me were that of Gordon and Mr Gooshdashtidar, they were played by Dylan Moran and Harish Patel, they both bought so much fun to the film and as they were so different they had a good on screen banter which was very funny.

        The film was set in London in the present time so not much effort was needed for the costumes, props and sets. They were all very good and suited the film as nothing was over the top or made to look overly expensive as this would have not suited the characters or storyline. There were no real special effects in the film but the few we had were good and fitted in very well. The soundtrack was good and quite modern and I liked how it was used to help tell the story and get the right emotions across.

        This film is a comedy and I have to say both me and hubby found it to be very funny, more so during the first half of the film rather than the ending. We had a lot of spoken gags with the coach and co-coach and they bounced off each other with their one liners. We also got a lot of visual gags and they really did have me laughing out loud. One part which I did not find funny was when Dennis got his blister and they popped it. Hubby laughed his head off at this but I was looking away retching as it was awful!

        As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 100 minutes and I found this was a great length with the story moving at a good steady pace from start to finish. It has a 12A certificate and I do agree with this as there are some inappropriate scenes for the younger audience. The film can be bought on DVD for around the £3 mark and I think it is worth every penny.

        Both me and hubby agree that this film deserves the full 5 stars as it shows that the British can do comedy and do it well. The storyline was good and not too farfetched and the acting was super. This is definitely one of Pegg's finest film and one suitable for when you are in need of a good laugh.

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          09.06.2010 15:04
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          An enjoyable English comedy

          I've seen this film before and enjoyed it so thought I'd watch it again when it was on TV over the weekend.

          The film is about Denis Doyle (Simon Pegg), a nice guy but one who is slightly overweight and a bit of a loser. In a bid to win back his ex-fiancée, who he left on their wedding day years ago when she was pregnant, he makes a promise to run the marathon to show her that he has changed.

          Although this looks and sounds like the usual stupid but funny films that Simon Pegg is in, this is actually rather more realistic that most his previous films. It's directed by David Schwimmer (a.k.a. Ross from Friends) which I do find a bit strange as it's full of some of the funniest English actors as well as lots of typical English humour. Despite that though, I think his directing is great in this as, not only is it very funny with some of the usual slap-stick comedy that comes with any Simon Pegg film, but it's also a nice story about Denis trying to win the love of his life back.

          All of the acting was really good with Simon Pegg being his usual loveable self which just makes you love his character every time. Hank Azaria plays the new fiancé to Denis's ex-fiancée and he does this really well by being the complete opposite to Denis - charming, attractive, great physique, rich and well-mannered - and so very difficult to live up to. There's also Denis's Indian neighbour who provides a lot of comedy with the way he says and does things.

          Although not the funniest film every made, I do think that this is a great film that is sure to give you a few laughs and, even if you don't find it that funny, the storyline is a good one and makes the film very enjoyable.

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          The very best of Pegg

          The most outstandingly comical adventure of the human spirit I have ever seen on film!

          No emotional warfare is good when it comes to love and children, but in the case of "Dennis" (Pegg), he has never fought for anything he could believe in until he is suddenly struck by full remorse that his ex-fiancé Libby (Thandie Newton) has found new meaning in her life that trips him further into child-like temperament, he is not yet ready to master the full responsibilities of adulthood until feeling overwhelmed by a situation growing more steadily distant outside of his control. The introduction of super-self absorbed "Whit" (Hank Azaria) to Dennis by Libby, is not a comfortable one and because Dennis at this stage, still hasn't resolved his feelings for Libby, who had mistakenly dumped her at the altar on their wedding day (five years earlier) that leaves no room in her heart or life to consider the prospect of rekindling something with a loose man who betrayed her trust and dreams.

          Their son, Jake (born out of Dennis and Libby's non eventful wedding) is an intelligent quirky brick of strength who although wants for his mother's happiness, does not enjoy life with a step-parent whose awkward superficiality doesn't compare anywhere near to that of his dad's amusive simplicity even though he may not be the most reliable person in Jake's life or set the best example. However, the relationship that Dennis has with his son is very protective and even more so when whiter than white snake-bite Whit encroaches further into Dennis's paternal role and attempts to fully undermine his importance in Jake's early years, he intends to influence the little boy who is not so impressionable and easily manipulated, into seeing Dennis as a waste of human space that inadvertently strengthens the boy's own notions that his dad is someone remarkably bang-up fantastic despite his short comings.

          To prove to Libby that he is really worth his weight in gold, Whit bestows her with shockingly expensive jewelery as a gesture of his commitment that will entice her into marriage with him that works. The announcement of their engagement to stunned Dennis, shoots him in the same way a thousand stealth-bombers attack defenseless victims in the midst of a raid that initially sinks him into the depths of despair that everything else instable in his life, is going to topple one giant, ancient Athens pillar-monolith right on top of it. However, the opportunity arises for him to stop this from happening and to finally take some control, he barely knows the ropes of personal courage let alone be challenged into something he assumes is beyond his physical capabilities when the proposal of running in a marathon is suggested by Whit, who persuades Dennis to compete alongside him so as to ultimately upstage him in his quest for oneupmanship, designed to put the spanner in the works with Libby and Jake - Whit has by now gathered Dennis's real feelings for his held-hostage family that threatens the insecure and frightened top-achiever, whose dark-insincere personality matches the same tone of his hungry-desperate ambitions to monopolize everything he encounters.

          Dennis is not sure if running in the Marathon will have any impact upon his family, already abducted and out of his grasp, though is not prepared for the cruel to be kind onslaught of his equally unmotivated friend Gordon (Dylan Moran) whose varied interests and lifestyle revolve around money-making scams; poker and leisurely joblessness, turns suddenly eager to inject passion into Dennis, what Gordon he himself lacks and needs exalting, so has found himself a project in which he can draw inspiration. In on the excitement is Dennis's Landlord Mr. Ghoshdastidar (Harish Patel) and his tormentingly cunning teenage daughter who is the money extracting 'rent-girl' who uses her physical attractiveness to entice lodgers into giving money for their accommodation they can barely afford as in the case of Dennis, she tried to take advantage of his suffering and poverty mostly out of sheer boredom. Mr. Ghoshdastidar purchases a pair of the latest trainers he intends for Dennis to take up the generous offer of his personal coaching, that he himself feels that life is out of rewards and is also looking for inspiration above the reasoned plights of lonely philosophy that has replaced the companionship of his departed wife.

          Asides from this, Mr. Ghoshdastidar sees the lucrative enterprise in an untrustworthy situation that has barely sprouted seeds of growth, but decidedly sets about placing a generous gamble on Dennis's partake in the Marathon that he intends to make a good return.

          Gordon and Mr. Ghoshdastidar both set about the prescribed physical education with over-excitable enthusiasm and put Dennis to the test with exaggerated comical energies, using any means possible to get him motivated over the course of a few weeks until Dennis is suddenly met with self doubt and physical exhaustion that makes him want to abandon the whole thing. Jake runs away from home after rejection from a girl at school as well as left feeling let down by his dad's lack of will power that shows him to be playing right into the hands of power-aspiring Whit, he loathes more and more and is fearful that he will stop his dad from being part of his life. After some careful reflection, Dennis makes the promise to his son that he will run in the race, consumed by thoughts of guilt that Jake has emulated his escapism from challenging situations he doesn't want to be an irresponsible role-model.

          He then makes amends with his allegiances who are also left feeling angered and betrayed by his thoughtless actions, though as soon as Dennis announces that he is now going to complete his mission, they resume from the point of where they began and everything is ticking along like a happily defused bomb. Eventually as the day of the marathon arrives, Whit and Dennis are reunited and tensions rise as the two let each other know exactly what they think of one another and as the run commences, Whit purposefully trips Dennis over so as to jeopardize his participation out of malice. Dennis ankle is severely sprained (not broken) and struggles to get back on his feet whilst an ambulance crew are rushed to the scene in which Whit acts at being the injured victim, quickly transported to hospital. Libby and Jake witness the incident on replay television in which the marathon commentators announce that he has been the subject of foul play, but unconvinced Libby and Jake rush to the hospital hoping to see Dennis, but greeted by a spite-ridden Whit whose animosity towards her ex-fiancé and his son is there on full display and confirms Libby's suspicions that he truly is quite heinous and leaves him with the marriage bling-ring, symbolic of nothing more than genuine misgiving.

          The finale of this emotion wrought plot, ends poignantly as our expectations would hope with Libby and Jake's support for Dennis who has to triumph over the obstacle of completing the last few laps of the race and is met with runner's block, he collapses then regains perspective and strength once his family are visibly present as he hoped they would be. Pain and exhaustion are overridden by all the non-quittance positives the loves of his life wait at the finishing line, he musters all courage in their direction and spectacularly falls right into their open arms.

          Bravery in the face of adversity:

          "Run Fat Boy Run" is far more than a love triangle, the title lets us know that this is about the struggle to overcome personal afflictions that "Run Fat Boy Run" is a familiar school-yard taunt applied to anyone who is considered dreamy or effort-shy (not) specifically aimed at an overweight individual, at least not in this instance even though slightly-built Dennis is physically unfit - it is his unmotivated character that the actual statement is aptly applied theoretically.

          Nothing can inspire anyone hit hard by their own lack of self belief unless something they feel passionate about forces them to take action as in the case of Dennis, teased and taunted by the fact that Whit is making a fast move on his already divided family he has left so long to let them know how important they are to him and made determined to reclaim their love and approval through the threat that Whit represents an obstacle, Dennis must find inner strength to succeed in changing Libby and Jake's sentiment towards the comic-boy personality that makes him endearingly magnetic, though not mature enough to keep together a family until he has proved to himself that he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.

          He finds himself up against the biggest challenge of all (not the marathon) but in proving to everyone and himself that his own disastrous situation can be turned around.

          Refreshing change

          Here, we see Simon Pegg at his topmost after taking a well deserved break from relentless filming that gave him time to pause and consider roles outside of the aphotic hip-thrillers he is more than accomplished. In "Run Fat Boy Run" he plays the reverse of his typecast go-getting combat roles we witness in "Hot Fuzz" and "Shawn of the dead " though ironically not so much when he featured in "Spaced" series one, as grumpy disillusioned Tim Bisley that bears some, but little resemblance to his role as Dennis, who although is miserable, not as self-pitying. Simon manages to fit into character role exceptionally dandy as long as he has some part to play in the writing or filming of a project he is going to star because he is not a drop by actor, but one that likes to contribute his many extraordinary talents as an illustrator and scriptwriter.

          Ever since David Schwimmer became a hit sensation as "Ross Geller" in American sitcom "Friends" he expanded his acting career into that of directing and crossed the boundaries of romantic comedy genre into Pegg's comedy -thriller arena in which the two crossed paths and created "Big Nothing" a year before "Run Fat Boy Run" was released in 2007. Schwimmer's familiarity with romantic comedy and Pegg, meant that he was more than confident of making this stunningly hilarious film with few qualms and, despite the tenuous contrast of American witticism and British humour that could easily have jeopardized it's outcome if Schwimmer and Pegg didn't work well together and Simon's co-writer, Michael Ian Black, equally responsible for piecing this entire venture together.

          For me in particular, this was Simon at his most vulnerable that all actors run the risk of jumping ships - this was one of his best performances in a comedy-romance that proves that he is highly capable as a multi-diverse role player, once he knows which card he is being dealt and can make informed choices. This film is the first leap he had taken into the beckoning lure of film directing, which he is now actively involved as I write.

          Conclusion:

          I'm a massive fan of kitchen sink reality films as well as British classic comedies and although "Run Fat Boy Run" is neither of the two though it comprises similar elements that almost make it a sort of 'blue-carry on' as well as combing the stark contrast between the two poles-apart, (Sophisticated Whit) and (unpretentious Dennis) whose entire lifestyles do not correlate. In all essence then, this highly acclaimed artistry belongs far more as a philosophical-comedy despite its Shakespearian romantic entries that the story is not entirely written, but predominantly about personal values; self-commitment and courage in the face of adversity.

          It may not have the same stomach-punching laughs as some funny wisecracking buffoon movies, yet because it isn't meant to. However, rarely do I watch a film (if ever) with great story and plot on the subject of human spirit as an off-the-rack comedy a great many of Pegg fans will relish for some time to come.

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            British rom-com fans need only apply

            Run Fat Boy Run is a romantic comedystarring, and part written by, the affable Simon Pegg. The film also stars Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria and Dylan Moran.

            The story follows the life of Dennis Doyle (Pegg) who runs out on his wedding to his pregnant fiancee Libby (Newton) after he gets cold feet. The film picks up five years later where Dennis is rather stuck in a rut with a dead end job and no real prospects. Dennis discovers that Libby is now seeing Whit (Azaria), a high flying, wealthy, fit and attractive American. When Dennis discovers that Whit is running a marathon for charity, he decides that he will also, to attempt to show Libby that he is a changed man and win back her heart.

            Dennis is coached by his gambling/loser best friend Gordon (Moran) and his landlord Mr Ghoshdastidar. Both employ "unique" techniques to keep Dennis motivated and it turns out that Gordon has made a bet with his friends that Dennis will complete the marathon so has a vested interest in his success. Many comedy moments ensue with a hilarious scene where Gordon has to deal with Dennis' blisters.

            The storyline continues as race day approaches and Dennis decides not to take part in the marathon after finding out that Libby has accepted Whit's marriage proposal. However, after his son Jake goes missing and Dennis finds him, Dennis gives him a chat about not running away from your problems and realises he has to complete the race after all. Will he complete it? And more importantly will he win back the heart of Libby?

            This film had mixed reviews when it first came out at the cinema with some critics saying it was very hit and miss yet other saying it was fantastic. My personal opinion is that although there are some genuinely funny moments in this film, it is basically a very formulaic and predictable rom-com. Pegg tries his hardest as the chubby, loveable loser but the film just fails to hit the right notes consistently and the ending can be seen 26 miles off (can you see what I did there?!?) The part of Mr Ghoshdastidar is also an horrendous jolly Asian landlord stereotype.

            If you're a fan of British rom-coms then this will be right up your street but if you're looking to watch a Simon Pegg film following in his successes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, I fear you will be disappointed.

            So does he get the girl? What do you think!

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              18.04.2010 11:02
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              really enjoyable film

              Run Fatboy Run is one of those films that I always meant to go to the cinema to watch, but never got round to seeing. I finally got it in one of the play.com cheapy sales and I am really glad I did.

              The film tells the story of Dennis who is really a complete loser. He ran away from his wedding leaving his pregnant girlfriend, Libby, not surprisingly, not very pleased. Skip on 5 years and Dennis hasn't changed much. He has a dead end job, lives in a grotty bedsit and is overweight and unfit. He still loves Libby, but she is not interested. She has moved on and has a new boyfriend who is the complete opposite of Dennis - successful, fit and wealthy. Dennis understandably feels threatened by Whit.

              Whit is almost too good to be true and even runs marathons for charity. So Dennis decides that he will run a marathon in an attempt to prove to Libby how much he has changed.

              This film is very funny. Dennis is a lovable loser and his attempts at getting fit quickly will no doubt ring true with the many people who have made New Year resolutions or had a health kick. His landlord helps to train him or rather keep him motivated by whacking him on the backside whenever he slows down. My daughter found this part very funny, but did rather embarrass me when they were making biscuits at school because when her teacher asked what a spatula was used for she told her 'hitting people'. The teacher hadn't seen the film, but luckily for me she didn't call social services!

              Another excellent character in the film is Dennis' best friend Gordon. At one point in the film, Dennis is complaining to Gordon about how perfect Whit is and saying that he even runs marathons. Gordon's reply of "Why?" just has me in stitches every time.

              Watching Dennis' three week zero to hero marathon training is hilarious. As someone who has done a marathon (yes I know - "why?"!) I would not advise following his training schedule!

              The film is quite predictable, but still incredibly funny. The ending is a bit cheesy, but there's no harm in a bit of schmaltz every now and again. I can highly recommend watching this film, although probably not if you are about to run your first marathon - I did think it was slightly cruel to all the people who will be running the London Marathon for the first time to put this film on television one week before!

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                16.02.2010 12:49
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                Average film

                From the same team that bought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz Run Fat Boy Run is an amusing romantic comedy that has its bright moments and stars Simon Pegg as Dennis Doyle. I never actually realised until the end of gthe film that is was directed by David Schwimmer of Friends fame.

                Dennis works as a security guard in a shop and he is due to be married soon to the love of his life Libby who is played by Thandie Newton, Libby is heavily pregnant and this future responsibility does not sit well with Dennis and he does a runner. The film then jumps forward fve years and Libby has married Whit, an American banker played by Hank Azaria and he is raising Dennis son Jake. Down on his luck Dennis decides to enter a marathon to compete against Whit and try and impress Libby and thus the out of shape loser has to start training. He gets an oddball coaching team around him and starts on his ill advised venture.

                This film certainly has its funny moments however it does not really live up to their previous work for writing team Pegg and Frost. It is not all bad and there are some funny moments but the whole plot is rather weak and farfetched and while Pegg is pretty good as the shallow Dennis whoi has run up gambling debts and a dead end life there is not enough oomph ion the plot to make it either believable or interesting.

                Some of the humour is a bit purile and obvious and the film has rather too many scenery shots which seem rather pointless in the context of the film, maybe Schwimmer was using old Friends material from the double episode when they came to London as at times he seems intent on cramming in all the London landmarks, nothing majorit just got annoying after I noticed it the first time.

                Not the worst rom com going but it could have been a lot better based on the cast it attracted. Three Dooyoo stars from me.

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                  14.02.2010 12:45
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                  An Alright film, no oscars or anything!

                  I'm already quite a big fan of Simon Pegg because of Hot fuzz and Shaun of the dead. I remember seeing the adverts for this film and laughing and wanting to watch it.


                  Simon Pegg ... Dennis Doyle
                  Thandie Newton ... Elizabeth Olivia 'Libby' Odell


                  The film starts with Dennis Doyle (Pegg), about to marry Libby played by Thandie Newton. She is heavily pregnant and the idea of responsibility and commitment sends Dennis running, and he runs away.

                  We're then shot forward five years and Libby is with a new man, Whit. Mr Perfect who Dennis of course hates, especially because he feels like he spends too much time with his son.

                  Dennis is behind on his rent and has lent money from his friends so is now on the verge of being kicked out of his flat. He then hears that Whit, Libby's boyfriend is running the Nike river run and thinks this would be a good way to impress his ex into possibly taking him back.

                  We see him training and how unfit he is, despite not actually being fat at all. The training for me was the most funny part of the film, especially because his landlord was helping him with a motorised scooter and a stick.

                  For me, I liked the film a little, but thought that it was all a bit pointless. It didn't seem half as funny as the adverts showed it to be, I only laughed once or twice throughout the whole movie. Considering that the title is Run fatboy Run, it's a bit silly. Firstly, the character isn't even fat and also the race isn't really the biggest part in the film, it happens towards the end.

                  My favourite bit was at the beginning of the movie where Danny is at work as a security guard in a womens shop and has to chase a lady who has stole a bra. I found that really funny.

                  I liked the character cast, Thandie Newton is a good actress and is also really pretty so it's understandable that he'd make efforts for her rather than casting someone a bit ugly then trying to make the film. Also, Simon Pegg is really funny and I like him.

                  I found the idea of him fininshing a marathon like that unrealistic with the training he did. I've ran a few small marathons where I've ran a mile or two at a time and I trained a lot more than he did for a big marathon. I'm not going to say wether or not he finishes it in the film so not to spoil it for people who haven't seen it.

                  Overall, I didn't think it was the best storyline. There were some good bits but overall, I got a bit bored and didn't think it was as good as the adverts made it look. It's worth watching or even buying now as it's quite cheap, about a fiver online so you could give it a try if you liked.

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                    Get back to horror Pegg!

                    So, after Pegg & Frost's brilliant Shaun of the Dead and the
                    reasonable follow up with 'Hot Fuzz', has the decline sadly continued with Run Fat Boy Run?

                    This is not a biopic of Sunderland FC's mercurial midfielder Andy Reid but an unlikely romantic comedy lead for Pegg, the familiar and clever horror themes and comedy side kick Nick Frost dangerously cut free, surprisingly directed by none other then David Schwimmer of Friends fame. Pegg, romantic comedy, Friends actors - surely this has disaster written all over it?


                    -The Cast-

                    Simon Pegg ... Dennis Doyle
                    Thandie Newton ... Elizabeth Olivia 'Libby' Odell
                    Hank Azaria ... Whit
                    Dylan Moran ... Gordon
                    Harish Patel ... Mr. Goshdashtidar
                    India de Beaufort ... Maya G. Das
                    Matthew Fenton ... Jake
                    Simon Day ... Vincent
                    Ruth Sheen ... Claudine
                    Tyrone Huggins ... Grover
                    Nevan Finegan ... Mickey

                    -The Plot-

                    Retail security guard Dennis Doyle (Pegg) is about to marry the beautiful Libby (Thandie Newton), best man Gordon (Dylan Moran) close at hand with a few stiffners. But Libby is eight months pregnant and that means responsibility for Dennis, something he runs away from, and so he legs it here and leaves her at the alter.

                    Five years on and she's now dating an obnoxious American banker, 'Whit' (Hank Azaria), Mr Perfect getting his feet under Libby's table and spending too much time with Dennis's son Jake (Matthew Fenton) for comfort for the real dad.

                    Dennis is behind with his rent, and his poker habit means he owes his friends and enemies money too. His chubby Indian landlord, Mr. Goshdashtidar (Harish Patel), wants his back rent fast or Dennis is on the street. So down on luck is our Dennis to impress the ones he loves, he even gets nicked for buying scalped tickets for Lord of the Rings at Leicester Square. But salvation maybe just around the corner, well quite a few corners to be exact, when he hears Whit is going to run the Great Nike River Run (the film makers couldn't use the London marathon because another film had bagged it) for charity to further emasculate his enormous ego, and with what feeble machismo Dennis has left, he foolishly decides to enter the race to impress Libby.

                    Gordon is surprisingly keen on his best mates foolhardy plan and offers to be his trainer, but only because he has wagered a grand with their poker playing acquaintances on Dennis completing the course, he the only taker. When the landlord also takes pity on his sob story with Libby he too joins the coaching team, although his gum chewing daughter is less than sympathetic with Doyle's romantic woes and offer shim a bet he can't refuse that if he doesn't finish the race he will be evicted on the spot. But with the marathon only three weeks away they still have to find a sponsor to gain entry and with Whit getting increasingly competitive it becomes clear that proving himself to a woman is nowhere near as important as to proving himself to his son.

                    -Conclusion-

                    Anyone who has run a marathon will know just how tough and stupid that effort was in hindsight, purely to finish 11,645th behind a stuffed hippo, which kind of sums up this likewise movie. A lot of preparation has been put into something that means a lot to the people who made it but not much there for the spectator, me.

                    This just didn't work on me on so many levels, just a bad version of 'About a Boy' if you weight it up; in fact I would go as far as to say this would have been a better movie with Hugh Grant in it! Not surprisingly this is Schwimmers first and last movie directed to date. It's all the more disappointing if you consider we do make good romantic comedies, Love Actually better every time you see it. The multicultural texture also feels forced and the over-reliance of exaggerated racial stereotypes and stand-up comics in the cast makes it feel all rather amateur, the poker school scenes purely to employ these alternative comedians if you ask me, only Dylan Moran remotely funny, in fact getting the films only laughs. Simon day was completely wasted here.

                    You can immediately tell this was directed by an American sitcom actor as the cameras insistence on lingering on London's landmarks like the Gherkin and Tower Bridge (yes, and a red London bus and a beefeater!), rather than try and convince us of the unlikely romance between the beautiful Thandie Newton and the not so sexy Simon Pegg (the first male ginger nut in a leading role?) sticks out like a throbbing sore thumb in a cartoon, really giving you the feeling this was made specifically for a less sophisticated US audience than its British one, originally an American script about the Los Angeles marathon, according to Imdb.com. It was almost as if Schwimmer was trying to make a British version of a cheesy Manhattan sitcom in South London to get a distributor rather than make a decent film. Schwimmer just didn't seem to want adapt the script that much for this to work. So bad is his direction he actually features in the film three times, once a deliberate cameo but twice as the actual director cost cutting. In one scene on the red London bus you can see him reflected in the window on the bus.

                    This film is just one huge misfire and even the soundtrack, the aspect of the product that often commercially saves rom-coms, is all wrong to what we are watching on screen. The fact Dennis's chosen charity to run the race is the 'Erectile Dysfunction Society' sums it up for me. Guys, iff you're going to watch a valentines DVD and you're too cheap to take your girl to a restaurant then best not rent this if you want to stay with her. Remember that one-in-five romances break up the week after Valentines!

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                    Imdb.com scores it 6.8 out of 10.0 (25,922 votes)
                    RuN-TiMe 100 minutes
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                      24.01.2010 12:45
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                      Dennis leaves his pregnant fiancee at the alter then wants to make up for it by running a marathon

                      - Cast and Credits -

                      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425413/fullcredits


                      - Story -

                      Dennis Doyle regrets having left his pregnant fiancee, Elizabeth on their wedding day a few years ago. After having been humiliated at work and realising how unfit he is, he decides to shape up a bit to try and regain the affections of Elizabeth and his son by competing in a marathon around London (where he lives). However, things take a turn for the worse for Dennis when his Eizabeth's flashy American boyfriend, Whit, suddenly proposes to her and she accepts.

                      Can Dennis possibly get back with Elizabeth? will he be able to run in the marathon? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.


                      - Thoughts & Opinions -

                      I don't know what it is about Pegg's movies that seems to attract me to watching them, I wasn't too keen on 'How To Lose Friends & Alienate People' and I couldn't decide whether I really enjoyed 'Hot Fuzz' or not, it was a bit too bizarre for me I think, so I suppose I shouldn't have bothered with this movie but there's something about him as a comic actor which I suppose appeals to me, even though thinking about the plotlines of most of his latest movies, they are pretty basic. This movie is pretty much what you'd expect, its another case of Pegg playing the underdog as an unfit security guard wanting to regain the affection of his ex-fiance, though she doesn't seem too keen on him and im not surprised, all things considered!

                      One main problem I had with it was the basic idea that he was engaged to Elizabeth. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh but I did find it hard to believe that the two of them had been a couple, it somehow didn't seem too realistic that he would have been with someone like Thandie Newton (who played Elizabeth). I know its maybe a bit unfair of me to say so but I did honestly find that a bit hard to believe. As well as Dennis and Elizabeth, there are other characters such as Dennis' layabout 'buddies' Gordon (played by Dylan Moran, perhaps better known from the sitcom Black Books) and an at first somewhat aggressive landlord Mr. Goshdashtidar, both of which are quite quirky characters, that you might expect to see in a comic strip or something similar.

                      I guess its kind of nice to see that in this movie, with it being a British based movie I suppose, there's a role reversal and the American character of Whit its discovered is really not that nice or fair and so of course as the viewer, we're on Dennis' side, which is pretty obvious but I guess you can say that it makes a change from having the English actor as the bad guy, when its set in London its nice to have the English guy as the good guy but otherwise, the story is rather predictable and to be honest, pretty forgettable, I feel. I think the format is just rather old, which makes me wonder why I was attracted to watching it, I don't know. There are some laughs in it but there's no real belly laugh content, put it that way.

                      Its a rather run of the mill underdog comedy type movie with nothing that I feel is particularly worth pointing out or noting as new or different. Its quite predictable although it is still watchable, its the sort of movie that I could imagine being shown on a Saturday evening on TV and for free, you could do worse than to watch it but I don't think its particularly worth spending money on. I'm sure some people will think its quite funny, if you like these sort of 'underdog comedies', I just didn't feel that there was much to it that made it stand out really. I watched it last night and trying to remember scenes that stood out as particularly funny is a real struggle, so at least to me it seemed to be a rather run of the mill, forgettable sort of a movie, though I don't like to be overly negative and its perhaps fair to note that I didn't become so bored that I stopped watching and indeed towards the end, when Dennis struggles during the actual London marathon, I did feel quite keen to see what would happen and hoped that he'd do well.

                      All in all, I don't think its an awful film, its just 'ok'. There are some light laughs and it doesn't 'drone on' for too long, it could perhaps be a motivating movie for those who feel they can relate to the main character more than me I suppose and the cast makes it a bit interesting, with Dylan Moran, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria and a cameo appearance by David Walliams but I can't say that I feel it was a particularly memorable or really funny movie, its just another movie with Simon Pegg playing a quirky underdog type character. If you like his other movies or movies of this sort, then you'll likely enjoy this to some extent, if not then its probably not really worth bothering with.


                      - Would I Recommend It? -

                      No, I wouldn't specifically recommend it. I wouldn't say that its a particularly bad movie, its just not particularly great either. Of course, other people might well enjoy it more than me, I suppose its more of a mans movie, perhaps but either way, I felt that it was a bit too predictable and not quite funny enough to be seen as particularly memorable or worth bothering with, in my own opinion, though, like I say, if you tend to enjoy Pegg's movie and/or movies/comedies of this sort, then it may be worth renting or catching on TV.

                      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for any and all r/r/c's. This review is also posted on Ciao UK under the same username.

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                        Its calll Run fat boy run, be quiet and enjoy!!!

                        This is another from Simon Pegg, but set in the Uk and he pretty much plays a similar character to his other uk movies, an everyday down to earth bloke who struggles to commit to a relationship and has a standard job, in other words not a big shot. As a result of the fact that he does something completely unforgivable, he (self caused) is flung into single life and spends most of his this movie trying to win back the mother of his son, played by Thandie Newton. The problem is that time has passed and in the way stands Hank Azaria, a high flying American who now has her affections. Pegg ultimately has to find some way to compete with him and lo and behold the concept is born, Run Fat Boy Run. Despite the cynicism of his best friend, Dylan Moran, he persists with his quest to take part in an event which for most people, should take a years training.

                        This is a classic British Roantic comedy with a quirky Simon Pegg edge with the direction of David Schwimmer, the friends connection with Azaria. Ok its basic and is not a classic, but a worthy attempt by Pegg and he is without his monkey Nick Frost, (for all Sean of the Dead fans).

                        I can beleive Pegg as a dysfuntional modern romantic lead who despite being idiotic at times, has a humility which comes across well. This is part of the films charm and a realisation that somethings can be more important than money, but also that patience is important and Peggs character is given a reprieve.

                        The downside is that its little bit too basic but ultimately thats part of its charm, it does not claim to be something that it not, so all is forgiven

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                        another fantasticly funny film from simon pegg

                        As a british film fan and after seeing hot fuzz and shaun of the dead i decided to get this from my local supermarket for a very reasonable £7


                        Run fat boy run is a 2007 film co-written by simon pegg and directed by david schwimmer.
                        It tells the story of lazy dennis (simon pegg) who leaves his pregnant bride libby (thandie newton) stranded at the alter.
                        We catch up in the film years later when libbys life has moved on and dennis's has gone no-where.

                        Libby now has a new love interest in her life called whit (played by hank azaria) and seeing the love grow dennis decides to run a marathon to prove to his friends and most importantly libby that hes not a nobody, and he is just as athetic as whit.
                        so dennis begins to train...which is the main part of the film and in my opinion is incredibly funny. His strange training tactics involve Mr. Ghoshdastidar (harish patel-devs uncle in corrie) and a spatula.
                        A few days before the race,and just as dennis reaches rock bottom whit proposes to libby at a birthday bash. Beaten, dennis decides to give in, but is soon persuaded otherwise when he remembers having a roof over his head is all dependant on him running the race.
                        Day of the race comes, and dennis does race...even if he nearly dosent make it there.
                        who wins???? well like any good comedy, and like any good love story...which is what this is, the good guy always comes out on top. But not without a few scrapes from the pavement and a couple of trips by whit along the way.

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