Run Fatboy Run
Run Fatboy Run is a simple, clichéd, and predictable movie. It’s also the funniest movie of the year.
With the Oscars celebrating all serious movies this year, brilliant stoic masterpieces, it was nice to sit back and enjoy a couple of hours of brainless comedy.
Simon Pegg seen in action in the brilliant Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz manages to deliver an even funnier story with out his usual sidekick.
After leaving his pregnant girlfriend at the altar five years previously, Dennis (Pegg) is satisfied with a life of nothingness. It’s in his nothingness that he can wallow in the luxury of having no responsibilities.
He does of course have one major responsibility, and that is time with his son, time that he always seems to be late for, always seems to mess up in some way.
In his heart however, he still has a large space for Libby, his ex.
But of course he doesn’t have to do anything about that.
That is until Whit moves onto the scene and sweeps Libby off her feet. It’s the wake up call that Dennis has been waiting for, but he may have just slept through the alarm, again!
What follows is an oddball cast of characters, some typical British humour, some toilet humour and a heap of slapstick.
Did I mention that Whit is American? Yes, Run Fatboy Run even has the typical ‘we hate Americans’ component of British comedy.
What makes this even funnier in hindsight is the name David Schwimmer at the start of the credits, allocated in the Directors spot.
Hold on I though, that can’t be right. An American directing a really good British comedy? Worse still, David Schwimmer Directing anything? The guy can’t even act.
But a quick look on Internet Movie Database and yes, it was directed by David Schwimmer. Amazing. A little piece of information that I’m glad I didn’t know before seeing the movie! But let me tell you, the man makes a great comedy, when he’d behind the camera.
If you’re after a laugh out loud comedy, with a mushy storyline that isn’t going to tax your brain, then Run Fatboy Run is the movie for you.
Food for thought
As mushy and predictable as it is, Run Fatboy Run has some great themes; the major one being that of commitment, discipline and going the extra mile. It clearly shows what can be achieved if we stop wallowing in self-pity and fear.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Offensive Language.
Duration: 110 mins.
Actors: Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Thandie Newton, Simon Pegg.
Director: David Schwimmer.
Release Date: 13-03-2008.