Run Fat Boy Run

Rated PG-13 100 minutes 2008

Dennis (Simon Pegg), a clothing-store security guard who abandoned his pregnant bride-to-be, Libby (Thandie Newton), at the altar, looks to win her back five years later. His mission is complicated by her new boyfriend, an arrogant businessman (Hank Azaria) who runs marathons for charity on the side. In order to impress Libby and their son, Dennis pledges to run a marathon, too, with only a few weeks to train. I like Pegg a lot, but this film—with first-time feature director David Schwimmer—can’t get over its ridiculously stupid and contrived premise. It’s saddled with hackneyed, predictable characters (especially Azaria’s), and their presence distracts from any of the good Pegg is doing. With that said, Schwimmer does show a gift with some of the comedy bits; he could be a decent director with a better script. In other words, even though the film isn’t all that good, it’s decent work for a first-timer.

Film Credits

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Director: David Schwimmer

Writer: Michael Ian Black and Simon Pegg

Producer: Robert Jones, Joseph Infantolino, Alexa Fogel, Nigel Green, Camela Galano, Rolf Mittweg and Martha Coleman

Cast: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Harish Patel, India de Beaufort, Matthew Festoon, Simon Day, Ruth Sheen and Nevan Finger

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