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  • Summary: Dennis is an ordinary guy. He's a little overweight and he smokes, but he's nice, charming, and unassuming. But five years ago, Dennis did something that wasn't so nice. On his wedding day to his pregnant fiancée, Libby, Dennis did a runner. He just couldn't go through with it. Now, Dennis realizes he made a big mistake. He's still in love with Libby. He still sees her all the time because of Jake, their son, but all romantic ties have been severed. Libby's now seeing Whit, a charming professional from the city, and Dennis immediately dislikes him. Whit is casual, easygoing, successful, and good with Jake, much to Dennis' annoyance. In a last-ditch effort to prove to Libby that he's changed his ways, Dennis impulsively announces at her birthday party that he will run in the same London marathon that Whit has been training for. But does Dennis have the stuff to trade his cold feet for running shoes? (Picturehouse)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Filled with moments that will make you smile.
  2. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    Pegg has staked out a peculiar slant on genre material that ventures beyond irony toward rehabilitation--and nobody plays blithe humiliation with more style.
  3. 63
    Suggestion: When making a film called Run Fat Boy Run, how about hiring a fat boy?
  4. Snarkiness and sentiment are in constant battle for supremacy throughout Run, Fat Boy, Run with no chance of a comfortable draw.
  5. One of the problems with the new comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run is that it’s not English enough, even though its antagonist is a thoroughly detestable American go-getter.
  6. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    Its peculiar strain of anti-Americanism aside, Run, Fat Boy, Run tries to bridge the gap between self-deprecating Brits and self-aggrandizing Yanks, settling down somewhere between the two. Don't ask me where, exactly, but this mid-Atlantic meeting point is an ultra-neutral zone.
  7. Simon Pegg has what it takes, but he's saddled himself with a script (co-written by Pegg and Michael Ian Black) that Adam Sandler wouldn't have pulled out of his bottom drawer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Feb 5, 2011
    Run, fatboy,Run is entertainment. It has a perfect balance of humor, grossout gags and a big heart.What more do you want?It is a film where beneath all the idiocy and goofiness lies a film that has a lesson to it and humor, which most movies don't possess Expand
  2. KenH.
    Apr 5, 2008
    Great movie to watch with a girlfriend. It's funny and lighthearted all the way through. Simon Pegg is awesome.
  3. AndrewH.
    Mar 26, 2008
    Saw this movie in england. Very funny! It isn't simon pegg's best but it is very good. Good acting and a okay story. Im not sure if American audiences are ready for the diffrent comedy style. A little slower and drier witt. David schwimmer does americanize it somewhat. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Apr 2, 2008
    Dennis(Simon Pegg) could be the narrator in The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be(500 Miles)", who "...walked a thousand miles to fall down at your door," which the hapless security guard at a woman's boutique almost literally does in "Run, Fatboy, Run", a faux-Brit comedy(a sort of "Rocky" in the U.K.) that walks in the footsteps of the inspirational sports movie, before branching off on its own. Dennis enters the marathon to win back the love and respect of a jilted bride-that-was(Thandie Newton), and go toe-to-toe with her new well-to-do fiance(Hank Azaria) from America. Winning is still the goal, but this time, the prize is a woman's heart. As Dennis tries to prove his worth to Libby, the loser's redemption is two-fold, because "Run, Fatboy, Run", as a narrative, is doing the same for its audience. Are you in total agreement with the film's rhetoric that Dennis deserves a kind and beautiful woman such as Libby? When Dennis gets up from the pavement after his running collision with Whit(which subtly recalls the end-result of Rocky Balboa's rematch against Apollo Creed in "Rocky II"), "Run, Fatboy, Run" will test your heart for hopeless romanticism. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    Definitely not Simon Peggs best work but an entertaining movie no doubt. Run Fatboy Run is worth watching but don't expect it to be absolutely hilarious. Expand
  6. PfillipT.
    Mar 21, 2008
    Very predictable but nonetheless funny thanks to Moran, Patel and Pegg. Unfortunately, Azaria is poorly cast and isn't allowed to showcase his talent. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was but it's definitely something I expected to see from Ross from Friends. The premise of the movie is mostly what drives it but the funniest bits are usually when Dylan Moran's character enters. And, sadly, those scenes weren't vital to the script. Expand
  7. TomL.
    Mar 27, 2008
    A poor movie. Insipid in every way.

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