Directed by Ben Palmer
A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling across London to toast another 10 years of her parent's successful happy magical marriage runs in with a 40 year old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date. Nancy, deciding to go with it, happens to hop on the most chaotic yet hilarious journey of her life which neither of them will ever forget.
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★★★★★ review by jose on Letterboxd
it's safe to say that british romcoms are better than american romcoms. sorry but i don't make the rules here.
★★★★ review by Travis Lytle on Letterboxd
A bristly, romantic delight, Ben Palmer's "Man Up" is a smart, energetic and completely engaging comedy. Starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell as an accidental couple pairing is clearly not written in the stars, the film combines a potent mix of uptempo comedy, recognizable heart, melancholy truths. It is a surprisingly effective addition to the rom-com canon.
Palmer's film tells the story of Nancy and Jack, a couple whose meet-cute is based in mistaken identity. When Nancy allows Jack to think she is his bind date, the two begin a comic adventure that involves impending divorce, 40-year anniversaries, and Duran Duran's "The Reflex."
The plot follows a standard romantic comedy formula, but it is buoyed by such engaging and nearly genuine characters that the film is instantly inviting. These are characters worth investing in, imperfect, fun, and naturally attractive. They are not polished; they feel real, friendly, and amusing.
Pegg and Bell are fittingly cast, and Palmer makes the most of their lived-in charisma. The director keeps his focus on the mirth but, satisfyingly, allows notes of melancholy and hurt to deepen the experience. Mixing upbeat energy and tangible feelings, Palmer ensures the film exhibits a textured, substantial sensibilities.
"Man Up" is a charmer. Appealingly cast and told, the film moves beyond typical rom-com plot beats and pithy posturing to become something more impressive. It is a stand-out experience and a fun and fully felt piece of work
★★★½ review by 🎈 Shay 🎈 on Letterboxd
This starts out delightfully and then from like minute 15 to minute 35 you're like "Ugh, this movie," but then it becomes pretty delightful again. Lake Bell wears the British accent very well.
And I also very much appreciate the product placement of Moleskine notebooks. Keep being awesome, Moleskine notebooks.
★★★★½ review by rachel on Letterboxd
how do people in films just meet each other and fall in love so easily? does this ever actually happen in real life? iT’s NoT fAiR
★★★★ review by Caty Alexandre on Letterboxd
Simon Pegg + Lake Bell = the perfect chemistry! Such a predictable story but such a delightful one.
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