Man Up

Man Up

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

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4 responses to “Man Up

  1. Plenty of good things and the two leads are fantastic, but fell flat for me at times and probably more three star for me. Cool review as always. Why do you think there are so many sub-par romcoms about?

    Have you seen In a World? Bell was amazing in that. I was walking down Waterloo station and down Southbank and was great to recognise everywhere. My friend even took a photo under the clock haha.

    • I think there’s so many sub par rom-coms because it’s difficult not to get caught up in the cliches and hard to think of something original.
      I loved In a World it was a great film and I think Lake Bell is really talented.

  2. Cool review yo, I was interested in this film but never felt the need to watch it when it came out in the cinema, plus it was only around for around 2 weeks before it got dimissed.

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