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Mainstream - Run, Fat Boy, Run

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Run, Fat Boy. Run
Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran, Hank Azaria, Thandie Newton
Directed by David Schwimmer
Alliance Atlantis 2008
100 minutes

Run, Fat Boy, Run shows why you should not hire Friends to do a job. The humorless David Schwimmer (Friends, of course) directs Run Fat Boy Run, a British comedy that could have been a lot better. Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced), Dylam Moran (the very funny British sitcom Black Books), and the excellent Thandie Newton do their best in this boy dumps girl and boy tries to get girl again movie.

Pegg plays eternal teenager Dennis who ran away from his wedding to his pregnant girlfriend. Five years later, he is in a dead end job and the mother of his child has a new beau in her life (Hank Azaria). Azaria is a successful American businessman who runs marathons on the side. To prove to his girlfriend he can be serious and to get her respect, Dennis decides to run in the same marathon Azaria is going to run in. In this endeavour, he is more more less helped and impaired by his best friend (Dylan Moran) and his Indian landlord.

There are quite a few facile jokes in Run Fat Boy Run, such as Dennis running to “raise” money for erectile dysfunction and his interfering with the mannequins at the ladies’ wear store he works at, but for the most part this British comedy rises above that.

This is a pleasant comedy, one of those easy to watch choices. You often get the feeling however that it could have been much better had the director understood the comic potential of Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, and especially Dylan Moran who is left with not much to do aside from playing Dylan Moran.

 

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