Man Up

Film, Comedy
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Man Up

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Lake Bell is one of the coolest women in Hollywood. She writes, she directs and she manages to be funny and clever even in lame hot girlfriend parts (It’s Complicated, No Strings Attached). In fact, she’s perhaps too cool to be totally believable in the Bridget Jones-y tragic spinster role she plays with a flawless British accent in this London romcom.

She is Nancy, a sad single loser (her words), who’s jaded and cynical after a round of crap boyfriends. When a set-up at an engagement party goes disastrously wrong, Nancy accidentally on purpose steals another woman’s blind date at Waterloo Station – newly divorced Jack (Simon Pegg).

Decent romcoms are as common as politeness on the tube, so fair play to Man Up: it has its moments. First-time writer Tess Morris gives Nancy some smart lines that every woman over 30 will relate to. In the loos at a club, after Jack’s busted her for impersonating his date, she puts down a group of sniggering twentysomethings: "Laugh it up girls, I am your future." Bell is so goofy and likeable I found myself willing the film to keep up with her. But the funny bits are never quite funny enough, and the script loses feminist points bigtime for its sour bitch ex-wife character.

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Release details

Rated:
M
Release date:
Thursday November 5 2015
Duration:
88 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Ben Palmer
Screenwriter:
Tess Morris
Cast:
Simon Pegg
Ophelia Lovibond
Lake Bell

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4 out of 5 stars

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Definitely give this movie a chance! It’s not a masterpiece but it’s certainly refreshing to see an actual decent rom-com.


Okay, there are bits that don’t quite work and it does get soapier and clumsier as it approaches the predictable ending. But with a spot-on look at the current dating game, it proves cleverer and wittier than you’d expect. Plus, with the revelation of “I’m not your actual date” coming up halfway through the movie instead of a the very end, the script avoids some boring clichés pretty well.


Also, big up to the lead actors who have genuine on-screen connection and literally carry the movie. Bell is underestimated and way too good here.