Man Up (2015)
Directed by Ben Palmer
Written by Tess Morris
Starring: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear, Olivia Williams
Nancy (Bell) has been stuck in a relationship rut, and she’s gotten pretty comfortable there. That might change after she pretends to be Jack’s (Pegg) blind date. Now they’re both learning a lot about themselves and each other.
This romantic comedy was written by Tess Morris (The Love Punch) and directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie). The film stars Simon Pegg (The World’s End), Lake Bell (Pride and Glory), Rory Kinnear (Spectre), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore).
This is a fun story that follows the formula used by most romantic comedies of today. Despite being formulaic, this one has some fun characters that keep things alive. The little twists and turns throughout this one are predictable, but also very enjoyable. the best aspect of the writing is the dialogue. The film is built around witty banter and ridiculous declarations. This gives the actors a number of really funny moments to work with. Like all good romantic comedies, this one pays off in the right ways. While it’s not breaking new ground, this is a fun story.
The actors did a good job making their characters interesting and fun. The eccentricities of everyone in the film really play up the ridiculous nature of the story. Lake Bell does a really good job with this film. Her role plays up both the loneliness and the comfort of the single life. She also has great comedic timing that really helps this one stay fun. She’s joined by Simon Pegg, who does such good work in this one. Despite being a romantic comedy, Pegg’s role really plays on the more serious side of the story. He handles this nicely, and still finds the right moments to be funny. Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams add some really funny moments to this one as well. They’re just a few of the numerous people who help keep this one going.
This movie doesn’t do anything new or different, but it works nicely. The story has enough comedy to balance out with the more serious romantic of the film. The actors were also able to elevate the material and really make the most out of the opportunities they were given. If you’re a fan of the stars, this is one you should see. I would also recommend this one to fans of romantic comedies. I give this one 3.3 out of 5 stars.