RUN, FAT BOY, RUN
Love Is a Marathon
Release Date: March 28, 2008
Starring: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton,
Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran,
Harish Patel, Matthew Fenton,
and India de Beaufort
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Picturehouse/Time Warner
Director: David Schwimmer
Executive Producer: Joseph Infantolino, Alexa L.
Fogel, Nigel Green, Camela
Galano, Rolf Mittweg, and
Producer: Robert Jones and Sarah Curtis
Writer: Michael Ian Black and Simon
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Directed by David Schwimmer of TV’s FRIENDS, the movie opens in London with Dennis, played by the talented Simon Pegg of England, leaving his pregnant girlfriend, Libby, at the altar. Five years later, Dennis is a lowly security guard at a small ladies retail store while Libby has her own popular bakery. Though he loves spending time with his cute son, Jake, Dennis often shows up late and has let himself go. He is desperately out of shape and has trouble chasing down a thief robbing his store.
Dennis learns that Libby, played by Thandie Newton, has a new American boyfriend, Whit, played by Hank Azaria. Not only does Whit have a better job than Dennis, he also is so fit that he enjoys running marathons. Whit informs Dennis that he’s going to run in the upcoming London marathon. Dennis decides that the only way he can get Libby back and make sure he’s the only man in his son Jake’s life, is to start training for the marathon himself.
Everyone finds the idea ludicrous except for Dennis’ and Libby’s cousin, Gordon, who has bet thousands of pounds on his best friend, Dennis, completing the marathon. The story culminates in a very funny, inspiring ending at the marathon.
RUN, FAT BOY, RUN, is a heartwarming, hilarious romantic comedy. It is well directed by first-time director David Schwimmer, who lets the story speak for itself. Simon Pegg does a great job of making a lazy loser sympathetic and appealing, mostly by showing that, deep down, Dennis loves his son and still cares for Libby. Furthermore, everyone can relate to his trials and tribulations, especially when compared to his rival, Whit, whose seemingly slick competence is too good to be true.
Despite this, the movie has some off color, PG-13 content and plenty of foul language that will cut into its potential for reaching family audiences. For example, Dennis has comical trouble scratching a rash he gets around his crotch after jogging in a tight pair of speedo trunks.
RUN, FAT BOY, RUN is a heartwarming, hilarious romantic comedy. Much of it would make a great date movie, but it has some off-color moments and strong foul language. First-time director David Schwimmer, of TV’s FRIENDS, does a great job. He lets the story speak for itself. Simon Pegg also does a good job making a lazy loser sympathetic and appealing.