"Run Fatboy, Run" limps to the finish line

by professor.knowsitall@evpl on Wednesday, November 26 2008, 11:31am. Viewed 943 times.

Run Fatboy, Run movie posterI've always been a fan of Simon Pegg's work.  In his previous efforts (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, & Spaced), Pegg & co-star Nick Frost teamed up with absolutely hilarious results!

Run Fatboy, Run is Pegg's latest film...and unfortunately it doesn't live up to its predecessors.

Pegg portrays Dennis, who gets cold feet on his wedding day and leaves his pregnant fiancée, Libby, at the altar.

Five years later...  Of course, Dennis has become an out-of-shape loser with a crummy job.  Dennis & Libby share custody of their child, and he now realizes the mistake in not going through with the wedding.  However, Libby is now dating Whit, who is everything Dennis is not: successful, wealthy, dedicated, etc.  After discovering Whit is an athlete and will be running in an upcoming marathon, Dennis decides to run in it as well, proving to Libby that he he has changed and can actually finish something he starts.

Lifting heaving weightsCue the cheesy training montages.  Dennis' friend Gordon and his landlord Mr. Goshdashtidar (a stereotypical foreigner) whip him into shape, transforming him from a fat boy into...well...less of a fat boy.

Does Dennis finish the marathon?  Is it enough to win back Libby?  How ridiculous is this plot?

I understand that most movies require suspension of disbelief (an out-of-shape guy can train for a marathon in less than a month?), but that's not the problem I have with this film.  In an attempt to be a family-friendly romantic comedy, the humor has been degraded to the level of a bad Adam Sandler flick; nothing but predictable, juvenile humor.  Gone is the gut-busting humor, witty dialog, and endearing characters the viewer actually cares about, all of which were present in Pegg's previous efforts.

If you've never seen Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, or Spaced, you'll probably enjoy Run Fatboy, Run more than I did.  Otherwise, you'll be extremely disappointed.

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Nette wrote
on Wednesday, May 27 2009, 6:27pm

I thought this was a go laugh.

on Tuesday, July 27 2010, 4:14pm

With the success of Batman Begins , The Dark Knight , and the now-in-theaters Inception , Christopher