Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Run, Fatboy, Run! -- The new Simon Pegg movie (trailer)

This looks like it will be good fun, a romantic comedy without zombies. Simon Pegg plays Dennis Doyle, who is about to marry his pregnant fiancee Libby (Thandie Newton) when he gets cold feet and runs away during rehearsal. 5 years later he finds out she is about to marry Whit, an athletic yuppie played by Hank Azaria, and realizes he was wrong to ever leave her... and wants to win back her heart. To prove himself to Libby, his friends, and himself, he decides to run against Whit in a London marathon. With the help of his unlikely coaches Gordon (Irish comedian Dylan Moran) and Mr. Ghoshdashtidar (Harish Patel) he's sure to trot his way into our hearts and a few unyielding objects.

At first glance it looks like Pegg is going to be the British Ben Stiller, but he's more sympathetic than pathetic, so I was drawn in by the trailer. While his pal Nick Frost would be welcome, he has good chemistry with Dylan Moran. Hank Azaria is always good, and I'm glad he's getting some exposure here. He was the best part of The Birdcage, and up against Robin Williams and Nathan Lane no less.

The only concern is that David Schwimmer is directing. The trailer looks decent enough, and if he can avoid the "sitcom feel" after only directing episodes of "Friends" and "Joey" he should be fine.

Official Site

Trailer

IMDb page

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