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RUN FAT BOY RUN by David Schwimmer

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Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) has not grown up since he went running from his own marriange with pregnant Libby (Thandie Newton) six years ago. He loves his boy Jake (Matthew Fenton) and is annoyed when he meets Libby’s new friend Whit (Hank Azaria), a “perfect” man with manners, money, taste and good looks. And he even runs the Nike River Marathon for charity!
Dennis decides it’s time to grow up and finally finish something in his life – he announces he will also run the marathon, trained by his best mate Gordon (Dylan Moran) and his landlord Mr. Goshdashtidar (Harish Patel) and motivated by the fact that Maya Goshdashtidar (India de Beaufort) will kick him out of his flat when he doesn’t finish the marathon. But it takes passion, determination and stamina to finish a marathon – all the things Dennis never had.

Co-written by Simon Pegg (from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame) and directed by David Schwimmer (yes, the one from Friends ) Run Fat Boy Run is not as quirky as Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, and it shows that it was written for the US initially. And it was a wise decision to move it to London, because without the British-ness – and without Simon Pegg – it would be just another mediocre rom-com with a stereotyped story and stereotyped gags. But it’s how Simon Pegg delivers those gags which makes you laugh despite the cliches. Kudos go as well to “assistant coach” Harish Patel, Dylan Moran, and the incredibly beautiful India de Beaufort.

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