Friday, March 21, 2008

Run Fatboy Run

This is a charming and fun little throw-away movie. There's nothing great, and nothing lasting, but it's an endearing trip to the cheap theater (if that even exists anymore) or a rental. In his directorial debut, David Schwimmer helms this script penned by Michael Ian Black (yeah, he does more than just VH1 countdown shows) and star Simon Pegg. In essence, the movie is one running gag, with not much substance holding it together. But in keeping with the British vibe of the film, it's still rather cheeky.

Pegg stars as Dennis, kind of an overweight jerk who left his pregnant fiancée, Libbie (Thandie Newton), at the alter. Five years later, Dennis realizes he wants her back. The problem is her new guy, Whit (Hank Azaria). He's successful, great with their son, Jake (Matthew Fenton), and most relevant to the movie- physically fit. Dennis decides to race against Whit in the London marathon with the completely unfounded hopes that it will win Libbie back. He enlists the help of his friend, Gordon (Dylan Moran), who incidentally also has money riding on this race.

Most of the movie is about Dennis trying to lose the weight and get in shape- even though I don't think he looked fat, just normal. It features a number of training montages, more of spoof than genuine. The best dynamic in the movie, was actually between Dennis and Gordon. The relationship between Dennis and Libbie was a bit unbelievable. I don't care how much he's changed- he left her pregnant at the alter. It should take a lot more than running a race to win her back- even if it is just symbolic.

The movie isn't without its problems. There are times that it unfortunately results to bodily fluid, and many falling down gags. But in a fun little comedy like this, that's forgivable- even expected. Wait until it comes out on video, and it'll be worth a rent.


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