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Man Up

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United Kingdom, France · 2015
Rated R · 1h 28m
Director Ben Palmer
Starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear, Ken Stott
Genre Comedy, Romance

Unlucky-in-love 34-year-old Nancy is traveling across London to celebrate her parents anniversary when she encounters 40-year-old divorcé Jack. He mistakes her for his 24-year-old blind date, and she decides to go with it. What could possibly go wrong?

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Empire by

If it could decide whether it was a cute romcom or a dirty one, Man Up would be a real gem, but as charming as it is, it falls between two stools and never manages to, ahem, Man Up.


Time Out London by Cath Clarke

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.


Variety by Guy Lodge

The upshot of this loopy masquerade is more predictable than it is progressive, but considerably pleasurable thanks to Morris’s generous supply of pithy one-liners and the resourceful, ribald skills of Bell, as engaging and elastic a comic everywoman here as she was in her impressive directorial debut “In a World … ”


Total Film by Jamie Graham

Not up there with key US influences "Annie Hall," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Jerry Maguire," but a romcom Brits can be proud of. Make a date of it.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Both actors stay sharp through some pretty degrading moments, and if Palmer and screenwriter Tess Morris are bent on serious button-pushing in the closing scenes, at least they garnish it with playfulness and wit.


Slant Magazine by Kenji Fujishima

Lake Bell and Simon Pegg's star wattage isn't enough to distract from the sense that their characters are almost exclusively defined by their single-ness.


Los Angeles Times by Michael Rechtshaffen

Frequently laugh-out-loud funny and tangibly tender where it ought to be, the immensely satisfying screwball romp feels freshly contemporary even as it largely conforms to genre conventions.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The wistful and poignant stuff doesn’t play as well as the surprising setbacks to romance, many of them delivered by the weirdly randy Sean at the most opportune times.

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