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Bruno Screams RUN, FATBOY, RUN!!

Merrick here...
Bruno sent in this review of RUN, FATBOY, RUN. This is directed by David Schwimmer (yep, that David Schwimmer) and stars Hank Azaria and Simon Pegg. The movie releases in late October, I believe. Bruno really liked this much so he actually reveals his identity to convince you he'snot a plant! This may well be an AICN first.
Here's Bruno...
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

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  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by MetiphisLabs

    Lets go get some goyles.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    OK. I'm running...stop yelling at me.

    by commiepinko

    Just kidding I'm not really fat......or am I?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by pissedgodzilla

    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

    If a reviewer has to convince us that he isn't a plant

    by DerLanghaarige

    ... he definitely IS a plant! ^_^<br> *travels down to London to find Bruno Vincent*

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    "David Schwimmer's sense of cinema is totally absent"

    by Pound Sand

    "Could you BE any more snarky?"

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Pegg is god

    by MetiphisLabs

    He'll make it good.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    He MUST be an imposter

    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

    But seriously: Stop apologizing for your reviews!

    by DerLanghaarige

    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

    They gotta apologize for their reviews.

    by beastie

    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

    "The Good Night"

    by 24200124

    Check Pegg out in "The Good Night". He's pretty damned decent in it.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    This sounds like shite

    by Sepulchrave

    Even with Dylan Moran and Simon Pegg. Apparently, it's wall-to-wall corporate advertising.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Stop bashing Thandie Newton!!!

    by tonagan

    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


    by Chilli815

    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

    "my name's Bruno Vincent and I work .. in London"

    by newc0253

    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

    I thought Bruno meant Bruce Willis was in this

    by Osmosis Jones

    Bruno The Kid!

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    But will the Fatboy bump chests with another fatboy?

    by finky089

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Thandie Newton can act, she just chooses not to!!!

    by tonagan

    That's why she refers to her supporting cast as "chumps".

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Trailer and Trailer 2

    by LordAcoustic

    I would hate to see Ross screw up Peggs Career:

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck Off, Simon Pegg, Fuck Off!

    by alucardvsdracula

    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

    Michael Ian Black wrote this

    by rev_skarekroe

    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

    I've a sailors pegg.

    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

    Bruno're fired!

    by Bobo_Vision

    For liking a movie directed by David Schwimmer.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    "The Big Nothing" was a great suprise.

    by eggbeater

    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

    Bruno: if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck,

    by salamimansam

    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

    Who Plays the Fat Boy?

    by TheBladehelm

    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

    There is a pic I've seen that has Pegg

    by skimn

    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

    David Schwimmer...

    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

    David Schwimmer....

    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

    I think that Bruno Vincent...

    by The Central Scrutinizer really David Schwimmer.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    D O O D

    by abner pepper

    Aren't most directors tossers?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Dylan Moran, marry me.

    by s00p3rm4n

    Or babysit me. Your choice. (I'm waiting.)

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    i've lived in london all my life

    by Mr_X

    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

    that other movie with schwimmer and pegg

    by compn

    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

    Simon Pegg, lazy?

    by AlwaysThere

    WTF was he talking about?

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Abner Pepper

    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 that makes me a bragger too ;o)

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Google is your friend.

    by EstrellaDeVille

    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

    I like Simon Pegg...

    by Rumpel Tumskin


  • Sept. 6, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Just Got Back From a Preview

    by dogstar69

    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...