Man Up DVD Review

DVD Review by Andy Box

The Premise
A single woman who's mistaken for a stranger's blind date, leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

The Review
Man Up’s Lake Bell steals more than blind date.

As British romantic comedies go this is one of the better ones. Although not in the same league as ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Four Weddings’ it still packs a punch as it often had me rolling with laughter and I was even tempted to get up and dance.

Lake Bell (What happens in Vegas) is brilliant as single girl Nancy, who steals another girl’s blind date before embarking on various escapades, including a triathlon across central London. Bell looks either stunning or haggard during the movie but at no time do you question the authenticity of her depiction of a desperate girl seeking Mr. Right. Her When Harry met Sally moment comes when she attempts to explain her theories about sex to her date (Pegg), his ex-wife and her new partner.

Simon Pegg (Hott Fuzz) is Simon Pegg. You either enjoy the fact that he plays himself pretty much in all his movies or you hate it. I for one am a fan and enjoy his work regardless. Comedy is his vehicle and he drives it so well. Pegg plays recently divorced Jack, a boring online marketing manager who also happens to be a hopeless romantic that needs closure on his previous relationship. A witty and emotional performance from Pegg bounces nicely in tandem with Bell’s Nancy and has you rooting for them by the end of the movie. Although you are somewhat helped in this direction by creepy guy Sean (Robert Nock), an old school friend of Nancy’s who has a bizarre longstanding crush on her.

Throw in some great dance tunes, a do good cameo from Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy, Elementary) a strong script and you can see why this movie has all the ingredients to be successful.

Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners) combines the writing of Tess Morris (My Family) with the results of an obviously talented casting agent and the outcome of his direction is a first class comedy. He perhaps could have chosen a better title and a few less Inbetweener moments.      

The Verdict
Looking for something to do with that special someone then you could do a lot worse than a cozy night out. Cheesy I know but it is Simon Pegg doing romantic Comedy. Go on you know you want to!

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 28th October 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 88 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Henry Lloyd-Hughes


Director: Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie)