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Run, Fat Boy, Run [DVD]

Simon Pegg , Thandie Newton , David Schwimmer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Stephen Merchant
  • Directors: David Schwimmer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 he’s supposed to catch. He’s also determined to try and prove to his ex-fiancee (Thandie Newton) that he’s a changed man, and thus decides to take on the London Marathon, where he’ll 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 it’s 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 Pegg’s growing status as a quality leading actor. Worth checking out. --Jon Foster

Product Description

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 )

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Actors rise above the material 21 April 2008
Run Fatboy Run is a funny movie, but it's predictable. It's a low brow romantic comedy that has two of the funniest comics working in showbiz today. While Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz are riddled with intuitive humor and cultural gags, Run Fatboy Run hits the low road with slapstick humor. That's not a bad thing - not always anyway.

Simon Pegg plays a man who we see leave his bride to be at the altar - pregnant. Years later, the out of shape Pegg is working as a security guard, sharing visits of his son with his ex, played by Thandie Newton. Pegg finds that his ex is seeing Hank Azaria, a high achieving American who runs marathons. To prove he can rise to the challenge, Pegg tries out for the marathon.

Run Fatboy Run is a fairly formulaic comedy yarn. Most of the comedy in the film comes from interactiong between Pegg and Dylan Moran, who plays Pegg's down and out friend. Moran tries to prep Pegg for the marathon. There is often a lot of physical slapstick humor, such as the now infamous blister gag. It's not as sharp witted as were used to seeing from Pegg. The reason it often works is because of the comedic timing of the two talented comedians' delivery.

Not to be outdone is Hank Azaria, of Simpsons fame. He has fun with his role, especially as he starts to drill into Pegg's character, trying to disgrace him. He's fun to watch, especially as he gets a little physical with Pegg.

The highlight of the film maybe the marathon itself. Having endured Pegg's trials throughout the film, you can't help but root him on. This is the core of the film, even if it some of it seems predictable. I felt somewhat unfulfilled at the end, maybe because of my expectations for Pegg. Take it for what it is, though. It's fun and cute.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Automated Film-making 13 April 2010
By PatB
Because of Simon Pegg's name, this film is often bracketed with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both of them descendants of Spaced, the 1999 sci-com that made Pegg a name to conjure with. But it doesn't belong in that bracket at all. It's just a Hollywood movie following Hollywood rules. Loser redeems himself and wins through against all odds, getting the girl with a sprint finish - that's it, that's the film. Hurrah! It makes Pegg the 73rd British comic actor since John Cleese to wake up one day and find himself famous in America, and then immediately go there, either mentally or physically. At that point they become instantly less funny, make loads of formulaic movies, and end up playing butlers. Gervais is already lost, and Pegg is probably lost, because it seems they never learn from their forebears. Nothing kills a British comic more effectively than being a household name in America.

But nothing with Dylan Moran in it could be complete rubbish, and the scenes with him and Pegg are funny. There is also at least one funny line. Having abandoned his marathon training, and his diet, the Pegg character is pigging out in a caff, where he's arguing with the girl he will eventually win: "Don't come down here, when I'm eating my full English breakfast, with extra breakfast, and expect me to..." That one at least is worthy of Spaced. There might be others that I missed while my mind was switched off, which it was most of the time. The DVD might be worth renting just for a few moments like that, but don't buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Stampy
In David Schwimmer' s direction debut, Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) stars as Dennis, a man who left his fiancé pregnant at the alter. 5 years on, Dennis still loves the same woman, and wants to prove his love by competing in the Nike river run.

After the delightful Shaun of the dead and the even more brilliant Hot Fuzz, I was all geared up to see Pegg in another comedy, and though enjoyable and fun, doesn't live up to his other classics.

Following many comedy and romantic conventions, Run fat boy run is predictable in some ways, but quite unique in others. The ending may surprise some critiques, but the formula of the plot, the guy and the girl routing won't surprise anyone.

Nonetheless Pegg's lovability and the comedy encoded keeps the film intriguing, not to mention Schwimmer's excellent direction, which was a nice surprise as direction is very tricky, and especially hard in comedies but the Friends star pulled it off and there isn't a fault which will go a long way in his career.

Having comic geniuses such as Pegg, Dylan Moran (Black Books) and Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) does help. The onscreen relationship between all is brilliant to watch, none more so than Pegg and Moran, who are easily the funniest people in the 100 minute film.

I prefer British comedies more so than American as there is always more realism to the jokes and the story, and though following romantic conventions, this rom com delights with a different approach to the genre.

Many comedies can lack at certain points during films, especially towards the end, but Run Fat Boy Run keeps the comedy alive all the way through, which makes it unique and enjoyable throughout.

Though following romantic conventions, this 2007 comedy is sharp, funny all the way through, and extremely well directed, which makes a worthwhile watch.

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3.0 out of 5 stars ". . . better than the junk on telly"
Not the best product from the production line but better than the junk on telly so worth it for an evenings viewing.
Published 6 days ago by Funforus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simon Pegg is never boring.
Published 1 month ago by Marko
2.0 out of 5 stars Simon, this is YOUR Phantom Menace
Fans of Simon Peggy's hilarious TV show Spaced, will be aware of the low regard in which he holds The Phantom Menace. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Coogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Arrived on time for my daughters birthday. She is a great Simon Pegg fan and loves this - not so common, movie
Published 4 months ago by Debbie Capp
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
One of my all time faves, if you have seen it you don't need me to write a review, if you haven't seen it, you really need to, you will really enjoy it.
Published 4 months ago by bobbob
5.0 out of 5 stars run fat boy run
This is such an aspiring film and makes you want to get up and run, and the hero achieves this in the end.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Santa present
Secret Santa present for a colleague running the London Marathon next year ;)
Love this comedy, another good one from Simon Pegg.
Published 8 months ago by Lullaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Run, Fat Boy, Run
a touching father and son relationship done in the funniest way possible. A film to watch time and again. Brilliant.
Published 8 months ago by elvenqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Run Fat Boy Run
Could watch this every week and still love it, my grand daughter and I wore out the first DVD we had funny
Published 9 months ago by mrs sa mccorkell
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, Fat Boy, Run [DVD]
I like this dvd was really funny dvd & a good laugh with friends & family.
I would recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Charlene
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