Romantic-comedy – a difficult genre to get right and with so many failed attempts over the years I almost dread hearing the words rom-com. However with talents like Simon Pegg and Lake Bell involved will this rom-com be worth the watch?
When Nancy (Lake Bell) gets mistaken by Jack (Simon Pegg) as his blind date, Nancy decides to take a risk and go with it. As the date goes on the two find themselves getting along really well. However as Jack thinks Nancy is someone else can this couple ever properly get together?
It’s a relief to say that does film manages to be both romantic and funny. Hallelujah! Theres been so many films that fail at one or both of these elements that it’s great that Man Up manages to seamlessly achieve the two. The script by Tess Morris has plenty of funny lines and set ups such as thirty something Nancy having to keep up the pretence that she’s a 24-year-old triathlete. Director Ben Palmer has directed movies like The Inbetweeners so he is able to make sure the movie is genuinely hilarious and not too cheesy.
Simon Pegg and Lake Bell work great together and you really root for the characters. Both the Jack and Nancy are believable flawed characters. Nancy is afraid of taking risks and Jack is bitter over his divorce. I also liked how Nancy called Jack out for being a 40-year-old trying to go on a date with a 24-year-old. The supporting cast may be a bit more two-dimensional but they play up to their roles well. Rory Kinnear is cringe-worthingly funny as a former school mate of Nancy who turns up at the wrong time, and Sharon Horgan also provides laughs at Nancy’s sister Elaine.
Whether you fancy watching this with your significant other or with a group of friends, Man-Up is a feel good comedy that will have you laughing the whole way through.
Rating 4/5 – a great movie full of fun jokes, hilarious set pieces and two wonderful leads