February 24, 2008

Run, Fat Boy, Run

Run, Fat Boy, Run SynopsisDENNIS (Simon Pegg) is an ordinary guy. He’s a little overweight and he smokes, but he’s nice, charming and unassuming. However, five years ago, Dennis did something that wasn’t so nice. On his wedding day to his pregnant fiancé LIBBY (Thandie Newton), Dennis did a runner. He just couldn’t go through with it. He didn’t think he was good enough for Libby, so instead of ruining her life, he ruined her big day.

Now, five years later, Dennis realizes he made a big mistake. He’s still in love with Libby. He still sees her all the time because of JAKE (Matthew Fenton), their five-year-old son, but all romantic ties have been severed. Libby’s now seeing WHIT (Hank Azaria), a charming professional from the City, and Dennis takes an immediate dislike to him. Whit is casual, easy-going, successful and good with Jake; much to Dennis’s annoyance. How can Dennis compete with him?

In direct contrast to Whit’s sleek lifestyle in the City, Dennis is a mere security guard for a ladies retail store. He doesn’t earn much money and he’s well behind on his rent, something which his landlord, MR GHOSHDASHTIDAR (Harish Patel), doesn’t take lightly. Mr G’s daughter MAYA (India de Beaufort) is particularly intent on evicting Dennis and replacing him with a much more reliable tenant. Compared to Whit’s effortless abilities, everything Dennis attempts seems to end in disaster. Even when he wants to take Jake to see “Lord of the Rings: The Musical,” he finds himself in trouble with the police for trying to buy from a ticket tout. There is no help forthcoming from Dennis’ feckless best friend GORDON (Dylan Moran), whose life is just as much of a mismatch. Gordon’s main sources of interest are the poker games held at the back of a piano store with a bunch of misfits: GROVER, CLAUDINE and MICKEY, overseen by the imperious VINCENT (Simon Day).

Dennis feels demoralized and overwhelmed by Whit’s long list of achievements. 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? RUN, FAT BOY, RUN is a romantic comedy that affirms that true love isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

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Release Date: March 28, 2008
Genre: Art, Foreign and Comedy
Running Time: 100 min.
Distributor(s): Picturehouse
Tagline: Love. Commitment. Responsibility. There's nothing he can't run away from.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some rude and sexual behavior, nudity, language and smoking.

David Schwimmer

Simon Pegg - Screenplay
Michael Ian Black - Screenplay
Michael Ian Black - Story By

Alexa L. Fogel - Executive Producer
Joseph Infantolino - Executive Producer
Nigel Green (II) - Executive Producer
Camela Galano - Executive Producer
Rolf Mittweg - Executive Producer
Martha Coleman - Executive Producer
Robert Jones - Producer
Sarah Curtis - Producer

Movie Casts:
Simon Pegg - Dennis
Thandie Newton - Libby
Hank Azaria - Whit
Dylan Moran - Gordon
Harish Patel - Mr. Ghoshdashtidar
Ameet Chana - Taxi Driver
India de Beaufort - Maya
Matthew Fenton - Jake
David Gatt - Dennis' Fan
Iddo Goldberg - Reporter
Yaourou Konate - Bridesmaid
Stephen Merchant - Marathon Runner at Race Headquarters
Jade Ramsey - Athlete Twin
Nikita Ramsey - Athlete Twin
Ruth Sheen - Claudine
Deo Simcox - School Kid
Anna Tolputt - Receptionist
David Walliams - Customer #49

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