I wrote a couple of reviews for AICN many years ago, and haven't in the meantime seen any advance screenings of movies ... Until last night, when I was given free tickets to an industry screening of Simon Pegg's and David Schwimmer's new film Run, Fatboy, Run. I took along a fellow-cynic - we're both Altman-loving, Bergman-watching, old-movies-are-better-than-new-ones people, and she dislikes British films in general, so we had low expectations, especially as anything Simon Pegg does seems to be hyped up for months beforehand by his legions of fans over here. It had a lot of the hallmarks of being pretty lazy, run-of-the mill, etc. But at least it was free. Yet every time I expect Simon Pegg to start being lazy, he impresses me more. This film has the structure of a very traditional loser-tries-to-get-girl back movie, and some signs show through of the rather uninspired screenplay which Mr Pegg gave the once-over. Against my expectations, though, I found myself giggling (and quite often laughing out loud)throughout the movie, not only from the good lines, and the terrific chemistry between Pegg and Dylan Moran (my hero), but from the sheer sense of fun that the movie exudes. It has an irresistable comic energy and (it grates on me to even use phrases like this) left me feeling exactly the sort of feel-good shine afterwards that almost all other comedies fail to produce. The reason it works so well is almost exclusively down to Pegg's central performance: here, at last, we have a movie actor who is credible as a loser. It is exactly because he plays the scenes of pain, frustration, unhappiness and embarrassment so well (and his ability with those go all the way back to his very first scene in Spaced) that you naturally root for him. He also does a lot of physical comedy without it being annoying (some feat) has an incredibly expressive comic's face - it isn't quite as rubbery as Rowan Atkinson's, but then, unlike Atkinson, Pegg comes across as a real human being. There were also moments (when I caught myself watching closely) of acting so subtle that you wouldn't expect or necessarily notice them in a comedy, and I think he will at some point be very good in a serious drama. Perhaps very soon. I'm certainly looking forward to next year's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, which sounds like it could be a good mix of both. If there are down points, they aren't many. Thandie Newton has always been a nothingy screen presence to me, and seems unaware that she's in a comedy (although apparently she's supposed to be good in Besieged, I think); Hank Azaria continues a run of relatively straight-man roles when you know from his voice work that he can be so funny; and David Schwimmer's sense of cinema is almost totally absent. But it doesn't matter - pat as it might sound, I haven't been so pleasantly surprised by a movie for years. And if all this sounds too positive, I'd hate people to think I was a plant. So here you go: my name's Bruno Vincent and I work for a publishers in London. So there. Thanks Bruno
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST
Lets go get some goyles.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST
Just kidding I'm not really fat......or am I?
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST
closest I've ever gotten... I'm going to hope for this movie because it's got Pegg in it.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST
... he definitely IS a plant! ^_^<br> *travels down to London to find Bruno Vincent*
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST
by Pound Sand
"Could you BE any more snarky?"
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST
He'll make it good.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST
by Leopold Scotch
Bruno Vincent has got to be an output from some random mafia name generator. Either that or his parents love Mario Puzo. Or something.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST
So there are some fucktards on the web who don't believe you and think you are on the payroll of some studio executive. Whatever! If you fear moronic criticism then you shouldn't try to get your opinion published on the web!
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST
Seriously, if a reviewer hates all aspects of a movie expect for one and he/she really likes that one aspect (e.g. lighting) everyone on this board starts screaming, "PLANT"!</p><p>Anyway, I look foward to anything with Simon Pegg.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST
Check Pegg out in "The Good Night". He's pretty damned decent in it.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST
Even with Dylan Moran and Simon Pegg. Apparently, it's wall-to-wall corporate advertising.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST
But in the spirit of full disclosure: My name is Thandie Newton, and I'm an actress.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST
When she learns how to act, I'll stop bashing her.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST
by Biafras Throw Pillow
Anything that is "Friends" related is death on film, in my book. Hopefully he didn't go to the same film school as Fred Savage. Love me some Simon Pegg, but will skip this one.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST
ergo I am not a plant?<p> Studios must think AICN readers are an especially credulous bunch if they think that making up someone's name and giving them an actual location somehow makes a plant legit.<p> London has 8 million people in it. Any plant could send in a review to AICN and say they were so-and-so that works in a frakking company in London and who would know the difference?
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Bruno The Kid!
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST
That's why she refers to her supporting cast as "chumps".
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST
I would hate to see Ross screw up Peggs Career: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcTNIAWetRI&mode=related&search= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mzncngsrBw&mode=related&search=
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST
You're just starting to get up my nose. Oh and you're about as fat as Keira Knightly's ankles you tosser. Should have got his fat mate Nick Frost to play the title character as he's one mother fucking porker.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST
I think there's a law on the books right now that all film comedies must be written by either ex members of The State or someone associated with Judd Apatow.
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST
by abner pepper
Cos I've lost my leg climbing up the sails.Bring back Spaced you bastards.
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST
For liking a movie directed by David Schwimmer.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST
I found that movie at blockbuster and it was pretty funny. It's one of the darkest comedies I've ever seen but I still liked it. Hopefully Pegg and Schwimmer will do ok on this one too.
Sept. 5, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST
then it is probably a pretty poorly written 'review' by a guy who is clearly ashamed of his interest in Simon Pegg (people, has Simon Pegg ever worked on anything the even slightly resembles a 'lazy' project?) and maybe even has never seen anything with Pegg in it. Oh, also, it is the first in a small wave of PLANTS.
Sept. 5, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST
Speaking as a fat person, I take great offense at skinny people playing fat characters. However, a skinny person playing an out of shape but nonetheless thinner person playing a so-called fat person - Well, that's just crossing the line.<br><br>But then again, maybe it's a cultural thing, perhaps in England, fat means pasty and shapeless, like Pegg. That'd make almost everyone in England fat though. Oh well.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST
with a bit of a beer belly. Schwimmer said that he wasn't technically fat, but everyone loved the title too much to give it up.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:40 p.m. CST
by The Central Scrutinizer
...directed an entertaining movie?!!? This is like finding out that "Romeo and Juliet" was really written by Carrot Top. The world just doesn't make sense anymore!
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST
by D o o d
was most probably guided heavily by Simon Pegg as he is a genius and comes across as a very generous person. I saw an interview with Schwimmer once, he's a complete tosser..! I refuse to understand how he got this gig..!
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST
by The Central Scrutinizer
...is really David Schwimmer.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST
by abner pepper
Aren't most directors tossers?
Sept. 5, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST
Or babysit me. Your choice. (I'm waiting.)
Sept. 5, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST
and nevr have i once come across a bruno. seriously. aparat from frank bruno the boxer, and thats a surname so it doesnt count. I have seen the trailer for this though, and it does seem pretty funny. i like pegg. he seems a relucatant but down to earth movie actor. so i'll see it. if only to see a indian in a hollywood movie with a spatula.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST
was fucking terrible. 'big nothing' it was called. heres hopes for this movie. dylan moran is top notch in 'black books' and simon pegg of course in 'spaced'.
Sept. 6, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST
WTF was he talking about?
Sept. 6, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST
by D o o d
You're probably right. However, I hated Friends and I hated Schwimmer most of all. Maybe I'm just a hater....but I like Pegg so I can't be a hater and he lives just round the corner from me in North London...so that makes me a bragger too ;o)
Sept. 6, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST
Plant or no plant, a Bruno Vincent does work at a publishing company in London. Anyway, I'll be watching this for Pegg alone, who at least can give me a few chuckles.
Sept. 6, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST
by Rumpel Tumskin
SO GET OFF YOUR FUCKING ASS AND MAKE A 3RD SEASON OF SPACED! I miss Mike and Brian
Sept. 6, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST
and got to say i laughed throughout, after a slow laughless 10 - 15mins it really picked up, Simon Pegg plays well, Simon Pegg. but thats no critisism. The only thing i felt letting it down was a few "cameos" one in particular in a bun shop which was very grating. overall very enjoyable and to prove i'm not a plant, well i can't so fuck it...