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27 March 2008 @ 09:28 am
Run, Fatboy, Run (no big spoilers)  
A friend of mine got free passes to see a preview of Run, Fatboy, Run last night. The premise is that five years ago, slacker Dennis (Simon Pegg) left his adorable pregnant fiance Libby (Thandie Newton) at the altar and now he's somehow gotten it into his head that he can win her back if he runs in this big marathon against her current boyfriend (Hank Azaria). It was very cute and charming, but I was expecting there to be more laughs, especially since it was written by The State's Michael Ian Black and Pegg himself. Most of the funny came from Pegg's Shaun of the Dead co-star Dylan Moran (playing Dennis's buddy Gordon), who pretty much stole every scene he was in. At times, I thought, there were even set-ups for jokes that never quite materialized, making me thing that the screenplay was originally funnier, but was re-crafted at some point to be more heartwarming.

 
 
Listening to: Trip Shakespeare - "Look at the Moon"
 
 
 
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on March 27th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
I love Dylan Moran, have you seen Black Books?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: supergirl & supermonkeyassmonkeydiary on March 27th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
No, but I probably should. He's pretty good.
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on March 27th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
I can send you disks, if you want!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on March 27th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Would you? That sounds great!
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on March 27th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Email me your address, my email is gloriamunty (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.
Kegboykegboy on March 27th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
xterminal on March 27th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
One thinks there shoulda been a Thandie Newton pic here.

And I strongly second the Black Books rec-- I get to see it very rarely, but I adore it.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 27th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I wish. Do you have an appropriate one?

I can't believe I haven't seen her in a new movie since that weird Charade remake she was in.
xterminal on March 27th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Do you have an appropriate one?

I wish!

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Not really, but pretty sweet anyway.
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on March 27th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Dude, it was directed by David Schwimmer. That's all the explanation anyone needs.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: funky eye hurtyassmonkeydiary on March 27th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah... my mind keeps deleting that key bit of information.
davezeeke on March 27th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
erm...that ass will be my pick for ass of the YEAR!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red massageassmonkeydiary on March 27th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
All right, sir, I'll tag it as a contender.
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 27th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Seconded. I was totally going to post as much.
Kegboy: Dance Of Joykegboy on March 28th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Thirded!

(where'd you get it? who's the artist? Is there a series?)
Danielle Ní Dhighe: darkphoenixrisndarkphoenixrisn on March 29th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Fourthed!
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
professor's comment reminded me of a quote of schwimmer's in some awful puffpiece interview. as I recall, he said something about having the financial luxury from Friends allow him to choose the projects he really wanted to do. Also, he said, he wanted the right script to come along, and *this one seemed like it had a lot of heart.* [emphasis mine]

I feel bad for simon.

cheers!

alex.
ameliorist on March 28th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Dylan Moran has always played similar roles, with the kind of dry sarcasm that amuses me greatly. Black Books is indeed very funny, (co-starring Bill Bailey - who's great live). He was also in a series called 'How Do You Want Me?', playing very much the same character, alongside the tragically late Charlotte Coleman. It never found any sort of public acclaim alas, possibly because Charlotte died just as it was beginning to get decent viewing figures, so a major series on a prime channel never happened.....the cast list reads like a 'who's who' of BBC comedies and if you like Spaced/Black Books/Green Wing etc, it's certainly worth looking for to complete the collection...