Run, Fat Boy, Run DVD Review

26 Sep

Tuesday, September 23rd, was my younger brother’s birthday. For his birthday we got together for dinner and a movie. Being that he doesn’t like leaving the house, we ordered Chili’s To Go and rented Run, Fat Boy, Run from Blockbuster. I haven’t rented a movie from Blockbuster in 10 years, but my mom refuses to even drive through Wal-Mart’s parking lot (she thinks Wal-Mart is evil). I tried to tell her that you don’t even have to go all the way into the store to use Redbox, but she refused.

I had mixed feelings going into this movie since my roommate told me it was one of the worst movies ever made when he saw it in Colorado. I, however, LOVE Simon Pegg who wrote and stars in this movie. Shaun of the Dead is an all time classic movie and Hot Fuzz was great (you have to see the final fight scene). If you haven’t seen these two movies GO RENT THEM! I’ll be waiting when you get back.

Run, Fat Boy, Run is lost love story. The movie starts out at the wedding of Dennis Doyle (Pegg) and his pregnant fiancee Libby (Thandie Newton). It is obvious that Dennis is not ready for marriage and the pressure of a kid on the way got to him. He runs. Literally, runs away. We jump ahead 5 years where we see that Dennis’ life has gone nowhere. He works as a security guard at a women’s under garment store. On the other hand we find that Libby has started dating a smart, rich, American man named Whit (Hank Azaria). Whit very quickly begins to show off how great he is and what a great dad he will be to Libby and Dennis’ son, Jake (Matthew Fenton).

Being men, Whit and Dennis very quickly get into a competition over everything. Whit, unsurprisingly, comes out on top on nearly everything. When Whit mentions that he is going to be running in the first annual “Nike River Run” for charity, Dennis quickly says that he will do it also. This is where the title comes into play. Dennis is overweight and has only 3 weeks to prepare for a marathon.

Unsurprisingly, very few people believe in Dennis. Dennis’ best friend, Gordon (Dylan Moran), an illegal gambler bets a large sum of money that Dennis will finish the marathon. Gordon tabs Mr. Ghoshdashtidar (Harish Patel), Dennis’ landlord, to be the assistant coach. If you put the athletic ability of all three of these men together you still wouldn’t have one capable of running a marathon. Dennis must overcome his physical deficiencies along with mental ones.

We are shown that Dennis had never in his life actually finished anything. When the going gets tough, Dennis got going. Dennis nearly gives up on the marathon when he sees Whit propose to Libby and her acceptance (though somewhat reluctant).

When the actual day of the river run arrives, Gordon and Dennis oversleep forcing Dennis to run to the start of the run. The race starts with Whit and Dennis side by side. I’m not going to give away what actually happens in the race, but it may just tug at your heart a little.

The movie has its moments. It has some LOL (Laugh Out Loud) comedy (did I mention I LOVE Simon Pegg) and also has some of those romantic moments that the ladies love so much. I believe that this is one of the better date movies I’ve seen recently (I haven’t been on many dates recently either). There are parts of the movie that drag a little, and I blame that entirely on David Schwimmer (Friends) who directed the movie. I would still recommend that you go out and rent this one.

I give the movie 3 out 5 stars.

Funny scene: Whit invites Dennis to his “spinning” class where we see Dennis hunched over the handlebars. Later we see Whit in a towel (which he then drops) and Dennis laying on the floor of the locker room. Whit says “I mean, can you see my point” Dennis responds “Yes, yes I can.”


One Response to “Run, Fat Boy, Run DVD Review”


  1. Funny Blog » Blog Archive » Run, bFat/b Boy, Run DVD Review - September 26, 2008

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