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Faintheart (2008)

A romantic comedy set in the world of battle re-enactments, about an irresponsible guy who has to shape up in order to win back his wife.

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Kim
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In the Midlands, two men and a boy are on losing streaks: Richard has a dead-end job, and his wife leaves him because he's inattentive and has a juvenile obsession for 11th-century battle reenactments. His best friend Julian still lives with mum and divides his obsessions between Vikings and Star Trek. Then there's Richard's son Martin, picked on at school in part because of his father's hobby. Richard vows to win back the heart of his ex, Julian may have met someone online who shares his interests, and Martin wants to stand up to bullies. All get bad advice, which they act on. Is there any hope for any of them? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Battle on
16 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those looking for a whimsical British comedy will not find it here. Instead, "Faintheart" takes the kitchen-sink approach to a tale about a middle-aged man who can't get over his obsession with childish things. These include his bedraggled early 1970s appearance, his ancient decal-covered VW bus and his passion for playing a Viking in a series of battle reenactments with his similarly socially retarded buddies. Along the way, he loses his wife and child over his childish behavior. The plot has him slowly deciding to grow up and win back his love and young son, who is greatly embarrassed by his Peter Pan-like dad. Nothing all that special here, but worth a look. The ending is clumsily handled, but in truth it fits with this neo-realist fantasy. Oddly enough, the son is the spitting image of a young Jodie Foster. He's also the best actor in what was his very first movie.


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