"Love Is a Marathon"
Much of RUN, FAT BOY, RUN would make a great date movie, but it has some off-color moments and strong foul language.
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.
(B, H, Ro, LLL, VV, S, N, A, D, MM) Light, slightly mixed, moral worldview with Romantic, humanist elements; 25 or 26 obscenities, two strong profanities, one light profanity, man mouths an “f” word which is not heard, and some scatological humor, including a popped blister and man gets a rash in his private area; light comic violence such as man gets winded chasing after a thief, wheelchair knocks man down, and father and son deliberately startle joggers for a joke, and strong comic violence in scene where two friends fight with a couple groin hits and man hits another man with a metal trash can lid; some sexual innuendoes and comments done for comedy, man running in charity marathon gets an erectile dysfunction charity at the last minute to sponsor him and bride getting married is already pregnant, plus thief seems to be a cross-dresser but the point is not emphasized; some female cleavage, rear male nudity in two scenes and upper male nudity in several scenes, including scene where one man in locker room casually strips completely in front of another man but only his nude chest is shown; alcohol use; smoking; and, a friend of the protagonist gambles, man cheats during race, lying, man leaves pregnant girlfriend at the altar, and jealousy.
RUN, FAT BOY, RUN stars British comic actor Simon Pegg as Dennis, a London security guard in a small ladies retail store who tries to win back the woman he left at the altar. Though he loves spending time with their cute son, Jake, Dennis often shows up late. 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. Dennis also learns that Whit likes running in marathons, including an upcoming marathon for charity. 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.
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.