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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Run, Fatboy, Run

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A man (Simon Pegg) leaves his pregnant fiancee (Thandie Newton) at the altar, and then regrets it, and decides to run a marathon to get her back.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Harish Patel, India de Beaufort, Matthew Fenton

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketStop! First, look at the description of the film. Does that make any logical sense? To clarify, the main character's thinking is, "If I run a marathon, the girl I humiliated about as badly as you can humiliate a person, who is now dating a hot, rich guy, is going to take me back."... Aside from the imaginativeness that went into thinking that hypothesis would make for a good movie premise, there is nothing original or funny in this movie.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Only if you're still in the theater by the end of the third act, which you won't be.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Yes. It's that bad.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Is there a Miracle of Science Award? Because this movie combines the hypothetical sperm of Simon Pegg (who is white) with the hypothetical egg of Thandie Newton (who is half-black), and with it creates their hypothetical son, who is white. Don't get me wrong, Matthew Fenton, who plays their 5-year-old son, is one of the highlights of the movie. But was the casting director on crack? How hard is it to find a kid who's the right color? Are there suddenly no light-black kids in England? Or maybe the Brits just think they're too good for the whole 'dominant-recessive gene thingy' to apply to them.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: The leads don't have the necessary chemistry with each other to make us believe that she would ever take him back-- with or without a marathon.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Good, so long as you overlook the fact that a white man and a black woman have created a son without any trace of Africa! Yeah, Schwimmer, the casting is your fault, too.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: I hate to pan a comedy. Especially one by Simon Pegg and Michael Ian Black, who I love-- but only because they're geniuses... But seriously, guys, could you try to use your comic genius for good? There was not one unpredictable moment in the whole movie.

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Brian Fitzpatrick said...

I really like Simon Pegg and Hank Azaria, but this one got little airtime with commercials and the few trailers I saw didn't do much for me. Thanks for saving me from watching it. :)

Monique Elisabeth said...

Simon Pegg and Hank Azaria are both good in the movie, it's what they have to do that's the problem.