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Good acting all around.

by Deep on 6/8/2012

Good to see Hank Azaria in a role where we can appreciate more than his voice. And Thandie Newton, who would show up in in Rock n Rolla later on. Typical movie for American Cinema, don't know how fresh the theme is across the pond, but a good performance by Simon Pegg in the first role not supported by Nick Frost.

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It's the London Marathon, and thousands of feet pound along the Thames Embankment. Two of those feet belong to out-of-shape, out-of-luck Dennis Doyle. He's running to gain the respect (and hopefully, the love) of Libby, the girl he left pregnant and heartbroken at the altar five years earlier. And running alongside Dennis is Libby's handsome, successful, self-confident and very fit new boyfriend.

Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz), Thandie Newton (Crash) and Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) star in a runaway laughfest from debuting director David Schwimmer (Friends). Can Dennis win back what he lost by lacing up some hi-tech footwear? One thing's for sure: He's putting his heart and soles into the attempt.


Studio New Line
SKU 208499830
UPC 883929028764
UPC 14 00883929028764
Format DVD
Release Date 9/23/2008
Rating Rating
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Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.40:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Pegg,Simon
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ReviewSource Variety
Review When actors go behind the camera, one usually spies hitherto unknown traits of artistic personality. David Schwimmer's first bigscreen directing effort reveals something very different: a thoroughly competent mainstream craftsman who imposes no individual character on formulaic material. Comedy starring Simon Pegg as a runaway groom trying to win back his love by running a marathon is a polished, innocuous, by-numbers affair...Pegg is credited as co-writer (with story originator Michael Ian Black), though the script was originally set in New York before London-based Material Entertainment came aboard. Despite transplant to a London setting and a mostly Brit cast, the pic, with its triumph-of-solo-underdog arc, feels like Hollywood product -- closer to the Farrelly brothers than to Pegg's home-turf collaborations with Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz," "Shaun of the Dead")...Pegg, Newton and Azaria are all first-rate talents coasting through mediocre material. Irish comic Moran's shrugged-off line deliveries score a few points...Slick pic hews to comedy conventions of the moment, frequently driven by a soundtrack featuring various pop artists; production package is slightly above-average for the genre, with a nice, warm look to Richard Greatrex's location lensing. While there's not much here to warrant critical praise, Schwimmer handles everything with the kind of pro confidence that leaves little doubt he's got a second career track if he wants it.
Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Based on the evidence at hand, one has to assume the missing ingredient is Edgar Wright. Wright, the co-writer and director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is nowhere to be found in the credits list of Run Fatboy Run. Instead, on this occasion, Simon Pegg is creatively teamed with director David Schwimmer and co-scripter Michael Ian Black. The result is tepid humor and a less-than-compelling feel-good story of redemption and re-kindled romance. With Shaun and Fuzz, Pegg took well-known genres and firmly skewered them. Those who believe the underdog/sports movie will get the same treatment in Run Fatboy Run will be disappointed. This is yet another parody that falls victim to the desire to become what it's intending to satirize...While this is the kind of movie one might expect from David Schwimmer, whose non-Friends screen credits are dubious at best, it's a comedown for Pegg, whose work in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will have audiences primed to expect something fresher, funnier, and more interesting. For Run Fatboy Run, he has put away the knives and gotten out the cheese. For those who enjoy their character arcs and happy endings served up with a minimum of drama or humor, Run Fatboy Run becomes the latest entry into a genre that's burgeoning at an alarming rate.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Pegg,Simon
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today A winner! Indulge in some belly laughs.
Jim Ridley, The Village Voice ...nobody plays blithe humiliation with more style [than Pegg].
Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times Rocky by way of There's Something About Mary.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle Filled with moments that will make you smile.
Zack Haddad, Film Threat Schwimmer impresses with this film.

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