I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival film not yet on General Release in Canada and it was Funny with a capital F. The audience received it very well - it was both humorous and moving and Peggs everyday Joe with a big heart and very human foibles was believable while bumbling, entertaining and at times driven.I don't know about most people but I go to the cinema to be entertained - I know there are problems in the world and I face them every day, and I like a bit of escapism - this is the best kind - humorous but dealing with real issues, things we don't like to admit we are <more>
afraid of - commitment, failure, our children's welfare. Well written, well directed, well acted, a really sharp film. Better than Sean, better than Fuzz : With a Q&A session straight after the film, David Schwimmer with Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton in tow entertained the audience with their little anecdotes, - I particularly liked Thandies improv!! Well done to all involved.
Simon Pegg is back, this time as a fatboy, with a new gang, in David Schwimmer's 'Run Fatboy Run'. Schwimmer has already gained recognition as a very talented comedy actor in the famous and one of my all time favorite sitcom 'Friends'. He tried his hand in direction with a couple of episodes of 'Friends' and 'Joey' and a few films. With 'Run Fatboy Run' he proves that he's a very capable director and does a brilliant job here. Being an American, I wonder how he studied the Brit humour as he does a great job giving the film the right Brit charm <more>
of course with good collaboration from the actors and screenplay .'Run Fatboy Run' fits into a category which I have freely termed 'Little British Movies' other movies fitting into this category include 'Kinky Boots', 'Calender Girls', 'Billy Elliot' etc . These movies are about people from an ordinary background facing ordinary problems and tackling them with extraordinary results. Unlike the other films, 'Run Fatboy Run' relies more on slapstick just think of 'Shaun of the Dead' but the dialogues too have the sharp wit and smart humour that make this a charming film. The story pretty much follows a 'tested' formula where the goofy guy tries to win back his ex-fiancée whom he dumped at the alter after the entry of a rival and when means fail, he decides to take somewhat drastic measures like run a marathon. But, what makes turns this formula into something new is that it is cleverly parodied again, think of 'Shaun of the Dead' .Pegg stands out doing what he does best. His comic timing is impeccable and his expressions will surely draw laughs. The actor prevents any of the comedy that might have fallen flat had it been performed by a lesser actor by making his scenes amusing and entertaining. It's great to see the sensational Thandie Newton play a Brit after a long time. Even though her character is pretty much the typical love interest, she does a good job nonetheless. Hank Azaria is fits the bill as the nice-guy-we-should-hate. He brilliantly spoofs up his part towards the end. Dylan Moran is spot on as the cynical goofy friend. Harish Patel is hilariously phenomenal as the landlord-mentor-friend. Watch out for the pleasantly surprising cameos.The camera-work is very good and the makers make good use of the photogenic park locations in London by making them look colourful and beautiful. The whimsical soundtrack too adds to the light-heartedness.Overall, 'Run Fatboy Run' is genuinely funny. It has all the ingredients finely put together to make it a successful comedy. It works as a great date movie, a fun family film and a cool comedy to watch with friends.
Great film, and a very long Nike commercial (by sonarone)
I loved this film, it was funny, had its nice moments, and overall represents the type of comedy which i really like in movies. It could be better, but after all the crap comedies that come out recently it is a shining diamond and without any doubt i will suggest it to all that like a bit more intelligent comedies.But while watching the film i got the feeling, that this film is a huge Nike commercial. Like in the Truman show, the moments in this movie that feature Nike, are just too damn obvious. The Nike London run, all the shoes in the film, and the scene with the engagement ring... i mean <more>
Enjoyable British Comedy -- but not as zany as you might expect (by hellokristen)
Simon Pegg leaves his pregnant bride at the altar and 6 years later is regretting it -- especially when he sees her new rich, handsome, perfect suitor Hank Azaria's comedic talents wasted in a straight role -- you know he does 100 voices on "The Simpsons", right? .Simon loves his little boy dearly and fears the new guy might take his place in the boy's heart. So he's going to try to pull himself together before it's too late.There were only 26 people at my noon-on-a-Monday ! preview screening, but we all were laughing a lot throughout this film. I even found <more>
myself wiping away a tear at the moving ending.This film was written by Simon Pegg "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz"-- which I loved and Michael Ian Black edgy American TV sketch-comedy and I expected it to be a lot wackier than it was.But maybe they wanted to make something more mainstream to reach a wider audience. Or maybe it was the tempering hand of new movie director David Schwimmer "Ross" of "Friends" , who does a good job.A quite enjoyable movie to go see when you want some laughs. A good date movie too, I think.
I loved Shaun of the dead and hot fuzz so i knew i would like this but it was even funnier than i thought it was going to be.A strong cast, the storyline was obvious but then i think that was the point, it was supposed to be a cliché, that's why it seemed funnier. The direction and writing were very good and generally the pace of the film was perfect.I adore Simon Pegg in these roles, his ability to play the straight, flawed individual but make him the funniest man on screen is great and you're drawn to his story, no matter how ridiculous his predicament is. His best friend was <more>
hilarious, the setting of the London marathon was a great idea and Hank Azaria played his part well as the whole way through i wanted him to not get the girl and lose the race.It's not as funny as Simon's other films but i really enjoyed it and it was well worth paying to see, in fact i'd watch it again tomorrow as there was so many laughs throughout to hold my interest.Overall i love the Britishness of this film, the good guy and his basic life, it's not showy, or Hollywood it's just a simple film with comedy stars doing silly things and making us laugh, a perfect pick me up if you ask me.
There have been many British rom coms in the past couple of decades, many of them including Hugh Grant and his slightly off putting foppish hair.I have personally found that the Simon Pegg take on romance to be far more personable and less likely to make you throw up over other people in the audience.Yes it was predictable, yes it wasn't original but the humour was spot on, the characters were believable and the directing was brilliant in my eyes as it captured the English town vibe without seeming like a low budget British soap.Although it contained every cliché in the book from the <more>
genres of rom com and 'training to win something' movies it didn't seem forced to me and was light hearted and genuinely funny.It also had some of my favourite actors from Bristish comedy in it.Basically if you like spaced one of the best series ever and you don't mind the obvious plot and just sit back and enjoy the movie then you may find, like me, that this is just a purely brilliant movie.
This is worth a watch, no really it is...... (by reeltime_69)
I loved this film from start to finish!!! The story, the cast, the acting, the directing all of these things are bang - on hats off to David Schwimmer i say !! This is isn't exactly the most intellectual storyline and it isn't going to change your life, but it is very entertaining Pegg at his best offering some of the funniest lines and on screen hilarity iv'e seen in a while. Plus Dylan Moran is excellent and usually i find that Stand-Up Comedians don't carry into films very well but this didn't seem a problem for Moran.the film is also riddled with cameo's from <more>
famous British Comedians! That really put the cherry on top of of this film.If you want to see and honest comedy with a very heartfelt and original script Run,Fatboy,Run is for you!!!
Humorous retelling of film Running  (by david-3651)
This was a great film and had me and the rest of the audience in stitches. Well worth seeing and for those that have seen Michael Douglas in the Running  the tale will be somewhat familiar.Simon Pegg delivers the comedic moments superbly doesn't he always? and yet also convincingly parts a warm touch to, well, those warm touching moments in the film that he shares with his son.Harish Patel deserves a very honourable mention as Pegg's landlord-cum-mentor-cum-trainer. The only problem with the film was that all the way through I was waiting on Nick Frost to make at least a cameo <more>
appearance - talking of which the David Walliams scene will bring a smile to those Little Britaners out there.Great film.
RFR hits all the right rom-com targets - I laughed, I teared up, I cheered for the little guy and boo-ed the buff villain. Pegg has some laugh-out-loud lines, especially in tandem with Moran as his Irish mate Gordon. Moran holds his own in the comedic moments - perhaps the funniest moment is when he appears in the dressing gown after some love drama, and asks, "What did I miss?". The fight between the two layabout friends is hilarious, the staging somehow reminiscent of a Friends episode didn't Ross and Chandler once fight this way? . That's a compliment - Schwimmer has <more>
strong comedy pedigree and uses it to full effect. Also, good to see a US director move seamlessly through a UK film setting.If you are in the mood for light, entertaining fare, Friday-night date stuff, then RFR won't disappoint.