Simon Pegg is clearly, right now, someone who can do little wrong at the box office. Run Fatboy Run
follows hot on the heels of Hot Fuzz
, and again finds its star delivering a quality comedy turn, in a film that boasts a good few laughs too.
Directed by Friends star David Schwimmer, Run Fatboy Run casts Pegg as a security guard fed up of being outrun by the people hes supposed to catch. Hes also determined to try and prove to his ex-fiancee (Thandie Newton) that hes a changed man, and thus decides to take on the London Marathon, where hell be up against the new man in her life (Hank Azaria).
Pegg is on good form in Run Fatboy Run, and genuinely delivers a character you want to root for. Yet its the supporting players who walk off with the plaudits too. Dylan Moran in particular is in great form, as is Harish Patel, while the likes of Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria and David Walliams also turn in good work.
Cleverly knowing not to outstay its welcome, and only occasionally stuttering under the weight of some laboured work behind the camera from Schwimmer, Run Fatboy Run is an easy, quite funny and light on the brain comedy, that helps cement Peggs growing status as a quality leading actor. Worth checking out. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Dennis is a clueless and slightly overweight guy, who left his pregnant fiancée five years earlier. Every day, Dennis tries to persuade the woman he loves to accept him back into his life, but everyday he fails. When he discovers that Libby has found a partner in the form of American Whit, frustration grows, and Dennis vows, that for once in his life, he will finish something. This something ends up being a Nike River-run in London. With his friends Gordon and Mr. Ghoshdashtidar by his side, Dennis begins training for the marathon he must finish. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: British Independent Film Awards, ...Run Fatboy Run ( Run, Fatboy, Run )