Run Fatboy RunLove. Commitment. Responsibility. There’s nothing he can’t run away from.

Took out a really enjoyable DVD on Monday evening, a movie by the name of Run Fatboy Run, starring Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria in the lead roles.

Basically the story revolves around one Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) who runs away on his wedding day, leaving his pregnant bride to be, Libby (Thandie Newton) standing at the altar. Fast forward five years and Dennis is now a security guard in a lingerie store, living in a shared apartment, while Libby runs a bakery, seemingly enjoying life. Simon gets to see and interact with his son on a regular basis, but that is about it – as much as he would like to rekindle his romance with Libby, there are some things she can never forgive.

However, on hearing that she has a new man in her life, a wealthy, knowledgeable and superbly fit man by the name of Whit (Hank Azaria), Dennis can’t help but nose in on Libby’s business. All this comes to a head when he decides to try and impress her by competing with Whit and entering the London River-run marathon.

Of course, for someone who has never finished anything in his life and always runs away from challenges, this may be something just that little bit out of his reach. Or is it?

Run Fatboy Run is a 2008 romantic comedy which is surprisingly directed by American actor David Schwimmer (from Friends if the name sounds familiar), surprisingly because the movie manages to not lose any of its British charm or wit in the process. The story is partly penned by Simon Pegg himself and you can clearly see his subtle black humour influence on this involving and thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that will have you chuckling throughout. The movie is well made and there are some particularly brilliant pieces of work littered throughout, like the superb ‘hitting the wall’ scene towards the end of the movie.

Simon Pegg is sublime in his role, while the always entertaining Hank Azaria (think Simpsons if the name isn’t coming to you) plays the ‘villian’ to perfection. Thandie Newton also puts in a great performance, though a lot of her thunder is stolen by the comical genius performances of Dylan Moran and Harish Patel.

If you are looking for some light hearted fun with just the right amount of romantic twist and drama that means your girlfriend will enjoy it too, make an effort to pick this one up. It didn’t last longer than a week here on our local cinema circuit, so best you get moving to the video store then. :)

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