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Run, Fatboy, Run

November 6th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Movies

Ok, I figure since I said I’d review Run Fatboy Run (2007) a few weeks ago as my first movie review, I’d better get it done before I write another post about trade show marketing or see any more movies. I saw Iron Man a few days ago, and during the first half of the movie I though I might write about it first. It had a great beginning, unlike most of the comic-book-to-movie releases that have disappointed me, but then it became “just ok” in the second half and thus won’t get my “Two Thumbs Up” rating. But anyway, back to Run Fatboy Run.

From the Netflix movie description summary:
“Five years ago, Dennis (Simon Pegg) left his pregnant fiancée, Libby (Thandie Newton), at the altar. Now, he realizes it was the worst mistake of his life. Run down and out of shape, Dennis begins training for a marathon, hoping to win Libby away from her sleazy new boyfriend (Hank Azaria). Will losing the pounds and catching his breath be enough to get her back? Dylan Moran co-stars in David Schwimmer’s feature directorial debut.”

Why I liked it:
1. I’d never heard of it (my wife put it in our Netflix queue), and had low expectations. I usually like movies better when I have a low expectation and they end up being good or even great, than when I have a high expectation and they end up being good or even great. They may still great in the later case, but I like to be surprised.
2. It’s a classic “feel good” movie, and I like to feel good.
3. It’s a British movie, and I like British accents.
4. They didn’t spend a fortunate making it, and I appreciate when movie makers are successful with good acting and a quality script instead of relying on a multi-million-dollar, blockbuster budget and lots of special effect (don’t get me wrong, I like special effects, but there needs to be more to the movie than just that).
5. Simon Pegg does an awesome job of playing the lovable loser, Dennis, who you end up rooting for. As an aside, he does a great job of playing a wheezing, out-of-shape character, which is important since he’ll have to run a marathon. He even has a pudgy beer belly. As an aside, perhaps he should have read RT Cunningham’s (the Master of the Philippines) post about his fat belly. Apparently Tim (the King Of The Rednecks at the Redneck Bar and Grill) did, and lost 40 pounds. True story!  Anyway, back to the review…
6. The scene where he, his brother, and his landlord are petitioning a charity to sponsor him (the only way to get into the marathon) is simply HILLARIOUS. I laughed so hard I nearly started to cry. That scene alone is worth watching the movie.
7. Run Fatboy Run has a happy ending. I don’t watch movies to see depressing reality (did anyone ever see Silkwood?). I like a traditional Hollywood ending.

So there you go. If you want to see a feel good movie where you root for the lovable loser, who wins in the end, then see Run Fatboy Run.

So what’s my next movie review? Well, at some point I need to write about King Corn, unless I see another Two Thumbs Up movie in the meantime.


6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim@Custom Beer Bellies // Nov 7, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Well, I did read RT’s post quite some time ago, and I did lose the beer belly. Maybe this means I should locate a copy of this movie, since you make such a good case for it.
    You are right about low to no expectations. I was very disappointed with the 2nd Fantastic Four movie, and I really had high hopes for that one. Iron Man was really good for the first half but like you said finished just so so. Still above average in the special effects department though.

  • 2 The Trade Show Guru // Nov 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    hey Tim,
    I think I have a mini custom beer belly which I just can’t shake. I like our local Firestone beer too much (really hoppy). I’m amazed you lost 40 pounds with all that free Blue Beaver beer available. Perhaps you should write a post on how you did it. I survived working at Baskin Robbins (ice cream) for two summers as a teenager, but my metabolism just ain’t what it used to be, and I shudder to think what would happen if I worked there now.
    ~ Steve

  • 3 RT Cunningham // Nov 9, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I’ll have to see this movie when I can get it here. I like everything I’ve seen Simon Pegg star in.

    I wonder if he’ll be as good in the upcoming Star Trek movie where he plays Scotty.

  • 4 The Trade Show Guru // Nov 10, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    hi RT,
    I’m a new Simon Pegg fan, but I’ll be checking out his other movies. I didn’t know there was another Star Trek movie coming out, and that he’ll be in it. Cool. I’ll have to check that out as well.
    Beam me up, Scotty! ~ Steve

  • 5 Will // Nov 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Nice review. I had never heard of this movie and the title would probably not have led me to think about seeing it. King Corn is a good film that I wrote about here:

    I watched The Astronaut Farmer last night. Much better than I expected. Quirky, and great acting by Billy Bob Thorton and the two young girls who play his daughters.

  • 6 The Trade Show Guru // Nov 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    hey Will,
    I was going to give you credit for recommending King Corn when I got around to writing about it, but it looks like you beat me to it. I’ll still give you credit when I do a post on it.
    I like Billy Bob (he’s a good actor), so I’ll have to add The Astronaut Farmer to our Netflix list. You’re 1 for 1 on the recommendation front so far… ~ Steve

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