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Samantha Womack (nee Janus) seems at ease in the gym.
on 20 February 2013
"Up 'n' Under" is a modern day tale of David and Goliath as local team "The Wheatsheaf Arms" lock battle with "The Cobblers". It charts the woeful performances of a poor and dispirited team of ametuer rugby players who always lose but they must beat a top team to win a bet made by their coach Arthur. Enter a gym owner/fitness instructor and keen rugby fan in the shapely form of Hazel Scott (really well played by Samantha Womack), who almost single-handedly turns around their self-belief and fitness levels. Shades of "Brassed Off" and "The Full Monty" follow the characters on their journey throughout the film and it has more on offer than just a few very funny moments. Neil Morrissey, Gary Olsen and Tony Slattery all put in good performances but for me it is the local radio sports presenter Ray Mason (Griff Rhys-Jones) who almost steals the show with his great, almost underwhelming match reports. The well known and documented 'shower scene' with Steve looking for Hazel seemed at first a little out of place with the style of the rest of the film. I am not saying it was put in to solely to increase male interest in the product and increase sales figures. For what we have here is Steve's over inflated male ego and over rated 'pulling power' being put firmly into place by Hazel. So the scene is somewhat justified by being used to good effect when Hazel gives a clear message to his unwanted amorous advances. Now you don't have to be a rugby fan or sports follower for that matter to enjoy this tale. It's a good, solid, British Comedy drama that will have you rooting for the under dogs. A little fanciful and unrealistic in places, as many successful comedies usually are, but it's well worth viewing. The climax is well worth the wait too and for entertainment value I think it is definitely a 7 or 8 out of 10. Brian Glover doing what he does best in one of his last performances, has a small cameo role too. This is a British Comedy well worth a view as it has much more on offer than just a shower scene.