I wouldn't normally be the type of person to write a review however in this case i find myself needing to make an exception!This film is fantastically awkward yet epically funny. It is packed with scenes of such stupendous awkward comedy it makes the office look like afternoon tea at in the tea house. "a comfortable yet humourless afternoon" I have never rated a film as 10/10 before but it really is excellent.Although the storyline is extremely cringe-able i find myself jealous of the story because it is also a perfect love story.Personally i am more of a sci-fi/action kind of <more>
movie enthusiast but i am going to make an exception and say this is not only my favourite movie of the year but possibly my favourite movie of all time!If you have time to watch a movie you, you have time for this... Hey even if you don't have time you need to make time!Much love, Abraxis.
I'll admit at first, after quickly scanning the ratings and reviews on IMDb, I was not expecting this. As a young 28 year old male and going through a rough relationship about a year ago, seeing her move on being happy and me still trying to hold on, "I'm just holding on...You're not holding onto her, you're holding onto a feeling and that feeling will eventually pass" that quote she mad to him in the bathroom scene really hit home for me and woke me up for my final stage of letting go, along with a few other scenes. All an all, this movie was brilliant and truly one <more>
of the best movies I've seen in a while. They are both fantastic actors and were great for the roles in this film. To top it off, she was gorgeous and the perfect personality for me. Wish I could meet someone like her once in my life time.
Tired of the usuall rom/coms? Wanna see something refreshing! Here you go!!! (by keijiru)
My god!!! What a wonderful movie! It takes all the clichés into a very realistic tone. I could totally buy this whole story to happen in real life. The awkward meeting, the dialog between the two lead actors throughout the night as the situations change from better to worse, to sad, to closure, to finding each other again and all the supporting characters around. It's brilliant! I had to go back to several scenes and just bask in them - which only happens whenever I stumble upon a really well written, well acted Jack and Nancy became real people at there first appearance!!! movie! So <more>
close to perfect as you can get! If you want a refreshing rom/com but with all the heart in the right place DO see this one!!! It's earned itself a place in my shelf!
I loved it. I don't remember laughing quite this much in so long! The interesting thing was that the jokes were fresh and contemporary and the comedic acting was brilliant. You can see the real-time improv happening between the actors and the chemistry that forms between the two unlikely characters. Lake Bell and Simon Pegg have done a great job as such speedy rapport could not be so well executed by everyone. Having seen the trailer, i approached the film somewhat doubtfully, expecting forced romanticism and banal jokes. I was happily surprised to find a well-made film both in direction, <more>
photography and writing. You genuinely get the feeling that the makers of the film were full of excitement and invested in a fresh take to the standard romantic comedy.The script could have easily ended up a bore, but the whole thing was paced so well that the story never slows to a crawl and there is always an original bit of banter to keep up the pace. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the very real weirdos i saw in this film and the unexpected plot twists they caused. I also loved how gutsy and heartfelt the main characters were. I was not expecting to laugh out loud so often as you don't get that with rom- coms anymore. A very nice surprise overall.
Definitely worth more than 6.3 or whatever it got! I laughed out aloud so many times so rare in movie for me , the dialogue was hilarious, the story was interesting, the acting superb. Simon Pegg played an excellent 40 yr old divorcee and the dance scene to Duran Duran and what followed topped it all off. Watch it everyone, you won't regret it! :
Predictable Rom-com but refreshingly well executed (by Majuro)
My wife hates watching films with me because I tend to pick apart plot holes and character motivations, but with Man Up she was able to enjoy it because this movie basically shut me up!I thought the script was clever and the two leads inhabited their characters so well that any of the typical misunderstandings, misinterpretations, silliness and anger that are needed to create the "boy loses girl" segment of the formula seemed plausible to me. Really "Girl loses boy" here, as this is Lake Bell's film. I'm not as familiar with Simon Pegg as some UK reviewers here <more>
so I didn't see him as being "miscast" as others have suggested. I thought he was great.It's been said before but Lake Bell nailed her accent in my untrained American opinion to the point I thought she had been masking it in the few other films in which I'd seen her. As I said this is her film and she is terrific.I had a quibble when I wondered why Jack would actually enter the women's toilet which of course punched up the Sean/Nancy gag , but both Nancy and he were quite tipsy so I can accept his action there. I LOVED their reactions after that, where they each fell back in their protective shells and argued using phrases those particular characters would have probably used before. Even the silliness of Nancy running/biking back to the cantina seemed borne from hurt and a need to show him she wasn't. The entire second go-round in the cantina with each other and with his ex I thought was spot on, with the perfect "closure" punchline.Those reviewers who expected more outright comedy I can understand as there's not a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, but the wry moments mixed with pathos to me struck the right chord to match these two lonely hearts. This script could even have been reworked as a straight drama with comedic elements and I think it would've been watchable. I hope that writer Tess Morris gets more opportunities, and Ben Palmer more feature directing chances, they deserve it.The only quibble other than the somewhat-over-the-top choreographed end run, which by then I was enjoying the silliness of it, was I didn't think the two characters would've waited til they were back in the train station to have the conversation that temporarily separated them, I think Nancy would've already invited Jack to the party by then or certainly Jack would've switched his phone on to check on the real Jessica earlier probably when he was in the cab to the cantina racing Nancy. I'd love to know if the writer set that up, or the director re-staged that in order to have them ironically part under the clock wherethey first met.But I didn't think of any of that til later so my wife who loved this film too still talks to me!
Best feel good British rom-com of the year so far.. (by kieranbattams)
To me Richard Curtis is the king of British Rom-Coms, Love Actually is a great film and in fact more recently we had About Time which was an incredibly feel good film which i enjoyed a hell of a lot more than i expected. Following that trend is directed by Ben Palmer who proves to be quite the competition to Curtis with a film the trailer makes us feel we've seen before, in fact i saw this simply because i happen to love Simon Pegg, but proves to be a surprisingly original film.Man Up follows Nancy played by Lake Bell who is a bit down on her luck when it comes to men to say the least. <more>
She is in her mid thirties and attempting to find love. When a chance encounter with a woman on a train results in her leaving her book for Nancy, which she was going to use for the certain man to find her results in Nancy accidentally going on a blind date with Jack Simon Pegg she immediately hits it off with him and we have the rest of our movie to unfold. Sure the premise doesn't sound like the most interesting premise but it is handed to us so well that it proves to be a highly entertaining and hilarious journey into these people's lives and we learn a lot on the way with them.First off, Simon Pegg and Lake Bell both pull off very good performances. You can see that their hearts are both invested into their respective roles and the chemistry between them is on point and makes us root for their relationship to grow and work out. You want Nancy to be the girl that Jack was hoping for and you don't want him to be with this other girl because you feel the emotions of both characters. A problem with many romantic comedies these days is that the emphasis on the romance is ramped up so much that the comedy almost always falls flat. With Man Up these people ultimately want different things and the romance element feels less in your face meaning the comedy gets a chance to develop. There are scenes in this film which are genuinely so funny and had me laughing out loud which i don't find a lot these days with rom-coms. This is mostly due to, again,the chemistry between the lead characters.One or two things in the film feel like they come out of nowhere such as Shaun, a character played by Rory Kinnear. His character was funny and all but this would almost be the same film without him, except for a great climax which i really did like. In the end though Man Up is a genuine and heartfelt film which really does make you feel good by the end of it and i came out of it feeling like i had a great time. Great performances, great plot and well played comedy makes this the best British rom-com.. if not only British Rom-Com of 2015 so far and was a lot better than i expected it would be. Check this out if you're British because i am certain many of you can relate to the characters in some way or another.
My advice? Watch it? nd don't watch the trailer, there is no needI wasn't expecting a typical American comedy, since I usually appreciate Simon Pegg's work. But I wasn't expecting to enjoy it this much. It seemed to me like a romantic movie but realistic in many ways - Including the fact that the actors are not typically young and gorgeous from every angle - They are beautiful yes, in their own authentic way, much like their characters I think. And of course it's a cliché film in many ways, but still made me smile and laugh out loud many times. I will recommend to my <more>
friends who appreciate quality cinema. It's one of the good ones!
So much American comedy films are of the gross out variety with values and language that is just depressing. Their heart and soul is so in the wrong place.Man Up by contrast is a pleasant, warm, gentle comedy. It reminds me of Cuban Fury which I loved. Pegg and Bell are both great in the lead roles and Rory Kinnear performs a great almost slapstick role.The film certainly isn't a classic and isn't continuously funny. But it does have enough humour and enough warmth in the characters for you to be rooting for them both. It grows to a modest crescendo in the latter parts with some <more>
brilliant tongue in cheek Hollywood style scenes. At 88 minutes it is compact in duration but also in the locations and all the drama played out in one evening.Very much enjoyed it. 8/10.