DVD Review: Man Up
Ah, romantic comedies, the type of films that your wife loves but most men hate with a vengeance. And with good reason as most rom coms seem to subscribe to the same predictable cheesball plots that tend to take a wide detour away from comedy. Fortunately Man Up is different. It puts comedy first, and comes off all the better for it.
Lake Bell plays the key female role of Nancy Patterson, who we first meet at an engagement party, trying to avoid being set up by the bride and groom to be, by hiding in her room to watch The Silence Of The Lambs. Of course this doesn’t work and she has a terrible night. On the way home the following day, she accidentally becomes Jack’s (Simon Pegg) blind date, prompted by her promising to take more chances and Jack’s decision to quote Hannibal Lecter to a girl he’s just met.
Of course they are destined to be together, but a relationship that begins with a lie is always bound to be on bumpy ground, at least until both Nancy and Jack open their eyes and recognise the chemistry they have rather than focusing on some misguided sense of being lied to.
With a comedic journey through London, their first date is a minefield of meeting Jacks ex-wife and partner (planned) to meeting the creepy guy who had a high school crush on Nancy. It’s predictable whilst being fresh and a little quirky. But the driving force is the comedy helped along by Pegg’s natural ability and cemented by the chemistry between Bell and Pegg.