Run Fatboy Run DVD Review

November 6, 2008

ChattahBox Run Fatboy Run DVD Review Run Fatboy Run

DVD Review
Publisher: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Street Date: September 23, 2008

Following up with his other recent hits, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg returns to the big screen, this time with Run Fatboy Run.

This film is a romantic comedy, emphasis on comedy more than romance. The story is about Dennis Doyle, played by Pegg who after finding out that his girlfriend Libby is pregnant, runs out on the wedding with her, leaving Libby broken hearted. Fast forward a few years and Dennis is still down and out, he seemingly cannot maintain a job or his keys to his apartment for that matter. He visits Libby and his son and on one such visit learns about Libby’s new boyfriend, Whit, played by Hank Azaria. Whit is the complete opposite of Dennis, he is handsome, confident and very much in shape. It is this that brings out the competitive nature in Dennis, who decides to win Libby back by challenging Whit in the London Marathon. What follows is a humorous journey of a desperate and unfit man to win the love of his girlfriend and son.

This film felt a bit rushed and not as funny as some of Simon’s previous films. It has laughs just not as many. An interesting note is that this film marks the debut into film for director David Schwimmer. David has previously directed some television episodes leading up to this film but this is his first feature.

The Bonus Materials on this were okay, nothing spectacular, other than Thandie’s Goof, which is a look at the trouble she had to hit her marks on this film, but with Simon, Hank and David around who could blame her.

Film: 6.0

Audio: 7.0

Video: 7.0

Bonus Material: 6.0

Overall: 6.5

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