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Run Fat Boy Run

comedy, romance

Five years ago Dennis was at the altar about to marry Libby his pregnant fiancée. He got cold feet and ran for the hills and he's been going in circles ever since. He enters a marathon to show he's more than a quitter...

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Brit romcom mixes laughs with swearing, smoking.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this amusing (if not particularly inventive) British romantic comedy includes a fair amount of swearing (though no words stronger than "s--t" and "pr--k") -- some in front of/directed at children. One kid even gives a grown-up the finger. There's also some random partial nudity -- one character likes to walk around naked below the waist, though viewers only see his backside -- and a fair amount of smoking and drinking (mostly in social situations). The lead character goes through a positive transformation, becoming more self reliant and turning himself into a better person.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of "ugly duckling" stories. Why are filmmakers -- and audiences -- so drawn to them? What sets this movie apart from others in the genre? How is this type of story represented elsewhere in the media? Why is the concept of the "makeover" so irresistible? Families can also discuss Dennis' behavior. If you were Libby, would you give him another chance? What motivates him to run the marathon? Is he really more palatable than Whit in the end? If so, why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This is not a film with blazingly original ideas or a groundbreaking script - I guessed the ending before the movie even started - but it has a sweet nature, an abundance of laughs and plenty of Pegg to spare.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 28, 2008

Fresh: It's a good formalic romantic comedy. Nothing more.

- Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Commitment-phobe Dennis Doyle, who left his pregnant girlfriend at the altar enters a marathon in an attempt to prove that he has changed and win her back. Simon Pegg proves to be the latest comedy casualty to sacrifice his credibility to stick his snout in the Hollywood trough, and stars in yet another in a long line of interchangable British rom-coms. In fact it looked as if he was only cast because he was cheaper than Hugh Grant because his character and performance are nearly identical to that of Grant in About A Boy, and the script is just a rehash of the same tired old formula of Nick Hornby-style "Bridget Jones' Diary pour l'homme". It's just another "guy who refuses to grow up is threatened by handsome, rich new contender for his love's affections grows as a person while the newbie turns out to be a shit" story with some montages of weak slapstick, liberally soaked in bathos and all Schwimmer's direction brings to the table is American saccharine and some clod hopping visual metaphors. The soundtrack is the inevitable mix of old britpop for the "funny" bits and tracks taken off an "acoustic moods" compilation CD for the "serious" bits and the only real saving grace is Dylan Moran as the obligatory slobbish best friend. He supplies all of the sparse laughs but he's basically playing Bernard Black again which just made me wish I was watching Black Books instead of this predictable, sterilized sitcom.

- garyX, Monday, July 19, 2010

3 stars

For me, this film was better second time around. At the time of it?s release it was inevitably compared to Simon Pegg?s other works, such as ?Shaun of the Dead? and ?Hot Fuzz?, this of course, still very comical and still showing Pegg?s unique humour, was slightly different themed, being a Romantic Comedy. Full of witty humour and underdog storyline. Directed by David Schwimmer, this is full of witty humour and this is very much an underdog, non-sloppy Romantic comedy.

- 76Majikat, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3 stars

actually a good movie B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010