My Reel of the week is 2007"s "Run fat boy Run". When I first picked out the DVD, I was a little leery. I thought , I hope it doesn't rely on tired fat jokes and lame humor with absolutely no plot line. I was pleasantly surprised. I am not a huge comedy movie person, but I have never laughed as much at any movie. It's wonderful when you find a movie that is laugh out loud funny, but also has heart.
Simon Pegg plays the part of Dennis an average working class guy who is deeply in love with Libby (Thandie Newton). Libby gets pregnant, so they decide to get married. On the wedding day Dennis gets a major case of the jitters, escapes out the bedroom window, leaving Libby jilted at the altar. Fast forward 5 years. Dennis is a security guard at a lingerie store, living in a basement apartment. Libby has moved on and is in a new relationship. Dennis seems to be frozen in time. He does have a relationship with his son, who loves him unconditionally, more than Dennis loves himself. Libby's new love is everything Dennis is not , confident ,charming ,handsome and fit. He also runs marathons,which Dennis can't seem to wrap his head around. Dennis decides to whip himself into shape and win back the respect and maybe even the love of Libby by entering a marathon and finishing something for the first time in his life.
Simon Pegg has a charm and innocence, which shows in his acting, also a bit of bad boy randiness. He and Thandie Newton have a palpable chemistry that jumps off the screen. The movie is full of quirky lovable characters like Libby's cousin and Dennis' best friend Gordon played hysterically by Dylan Moran and Dennis' landlord Mr. Goshdashtidar played by Harish Patel who gives Dennis fatherly advice.