Ollie Upton
Owen Gleiberman
March 26, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Run Fat Boy Run

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/28/08
performer
Thandie Newton, Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria
director
David Schwimmer
distributor
Picturehouse
author
Michael Ian Black, Simon Pegg
genre
Comedy

We gave it an D

Simon Pegg, all gopherish twee charm, takes a break from genre send-ups to play a romantic-bumbler, English-Everyman Hugh Grant type in Run Fat Boy Run. He’s got what it takes, but he’s saddled himself with a script (co-written by Pegg and Michael Ian Black) that Adam Sandler wouldn’t have pulled out of his bottom drawer. After dumping Thandie Newton at the altar (we’re supposed to have sympathy for this guy?), Pegg tries to beat her beau (Hank Azaria) in a London marathon. Director David Schwimmer bloats this slapdash concept into dim, witless overkill. D

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