A few tweaks here and there, and these guys could be a force to be reckoned with.
34 year old Nancy, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, travelling across London to celebrate her parents 40th wedding anniversary runs into Jack, who mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date.
Nancy, deciding to go along with it, happens to partake In the most chaotic journey which neither of them will ever forget.
Drinking, truths, an old stalker class mate with long a standing crush, lost divorce papers, are just a few activities that are on this blind dates agenda.
And then there’s the small matter of Jack finding out the truth that Nancy isn’t his blind date………..
Comedy isn’t my most favourite genre in the world. And Romantic Comedies are usually a big no no for me. Love Actually aside, I don think I’ve ever warmed to any romantic comedy, especially British ones where the protagonist is usually a very wealthy, middle class city boy, who has floppy hair, and the best friends a person could ever want.
But I was willing to give this a go for the soil reason that it starred Simon Pegg, and I was curious as to how he would take as a romantic lead, seeing as these days he’s mostly doing big Hollywood franchises.
And this filmed once again proved why I find the man so watchable, he’s an Everyman, and even though it’s a very bizarre word to use in this day and age…..he’s a normal bloke in this.
So the set up is a little too high concept, anyone with any decency would say ‘oh sorry, you’ve got the wrong person’ and get on with their day. But no,this is the movies, so let a narrative potentially ruin the characters future for the benefit of some laughs.
And you know what? It’s one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen in a long time, and a refreshing break from all this pseudo comedies starring the likes of Seth Rogen, featuring an endless supply of F-bombs, abhorrent cultural references, and surprise cameos that are neither surprising, nor funny.
The film goes at a steady pace, London looks wonderful, and even though there are two really over the top set pieces, featuring a fire extinguisher and a wonderfully sinister Rory Kinnear, it remains quite the grounded film, no one ever really goes over the top, and it’s not that slushy…….
…….until the final ten minutes when the film loses its bottle and goes down the Hugh Grant/Richard Curitis ending where Pegg is running around a street with an entourage of about 100 teenagers. It just lose the Momento of the film.
But with Duran Durans Reflex showcasing one of the films main set pieces being a high point, and some clever reference to Silence Of The Lambs being used (the knocking on the door and then they are at a totally different house to what you first thought) Man Up can justify the press tag on the Blu Ray ‘best romantic comedy in years’ because quite frankly, it is.