April 4, 2008

The runaway groom


I love love love the always likable Simon Pegg. He makes me laugh and yet his dramatic turns can leave me teary-eyed. I will pretty much watch anything he's in. So of course I saw David Schwimmer's Run Fat Boy Run. Mr. Schwimmer's directorial debut is not as witty, cooky and laugh out loud funny as Mr. Pegg's Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. The plot is formulaic, some jokes are corny and crude. The ending is predictable. But I still enjoyed the movie, rooting for our slacker hero, thanks to Simon's Everyman charm.
Simon plays Dennis Doyle, our ne'er-do-well, not really fat but mostly unfit protagonist who left his pregnant fiancee (the beautiful Thandie Newton) five years earlier. She becomes involved with Mr. Perfect guy Whit (Hank Azaria, the stereotypical villain in a love triangle). Whit is a marathoner and Dennis tries to prove that he's changed by joining the fictitious Nike River Run in London. Dennis ends up running for the love of his ex-fiancee and child, as well as his self-respect. There are some cute tender moments with his Lord of the Rings-loving son.

(photo from Getty Images)

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