MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,864 this week

A Running Jump (2012)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  24 June 2012 (UK)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 108 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Members of a family lives frantic lives of Olympian proportion.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1331 titles
created 12 Apr 2012
 
a list of 16 titles
created 06 Feb 2013
 
a list of 219 titles
created 07 Feb 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 14 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "A Running Jump" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Running Jump (2012)

A Running Jump (2012) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Running Jump.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado."

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher
Vera Drake (2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Successful black woman traces her birth mother to a lower-class white woman, who denies it; emotions run high as everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan
Life Is Sweet (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Claire Skinner
The Short & Curlies (TV Short 1988)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Alison Steadman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Thewlis
Naked (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge
Mr. Turner (2014)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Meantime (TV Movie 1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Marion Bailey, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Strawberry Fields is the story of two sisters who both like the same man but in different ways and is a bold and inventive melodrama that offers a distinctively refreshing spin on a complex... See full summary »

Director: Frances Lea
Stars: Emun Elliott, Anna Madeley, Christine Bottomley
Cheeky (2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Consumed with sadness after the death of his wife and subsequent rejection from his son, a widower, at the urging of his friends, opts to appear on a vulgar, wildly popular game show (for ... See full summary »

Director: David Thewlis
Stars: David Thewlis, Lisa Gorman, Sean Ward
The Odyssey (2012)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Hackney-born Kapadia combines epic aerial images and the voices of Londoners to chart the city's turbulent yet inspiring journey from 2005 to the 2012 Olympics.

Director: Asif Kapadia
Stars: Hanifa Bibi, Joel Budd, Tony Burns
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Perry
...
Debbie
...
Grandad
Danielle Bird ...
Jody
Nichole Bird ...
Hayley
...
Gary
Robert Putt ...
Derek
Jade Anouka ...
Jody's Friend
Belinda Everett ...
Karate Girl
Selina Zaza ...
Karate Girl
...
Footballer
...
Footballer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Ellen ...
Karate
Edit

Storyline

Incompetent car salesman Perry is desperate to get the money to release the car he hopes to sell to young Gary from the garage but his wife,fitness instructor Debbie is fed up with constantly bank-rolling him and he eventually has to sell Gary an inferior model in order to stump up the cash to pay the garage man. Just how inferior it is Gary discovers when the engine starts smoking and the car breaks down on the way home. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 June 2012 (UK)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The energy and consistency in the delivery makes it engaging
8 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Running Jump is a slice of life film from Mike Leigh but it differs from some of his other films because it was made as part of the 2012 Olympics program of films and within it he seems to be trying to capture the "sport" within normal life of people in the East End of London. The plot focuses on a used car salesman rushing to try and get a sale through and in the process of this it drags in his family members who are also doing various activities from driving a cab to teaching a gym class to drinking at the pub. The plot doesn't really matter though because even Leigh described this film as a series of gags and, unfortunately, they are not specific jokes that will make you laugh so in that regard the film didn't work for me.

What did work though and what makes it worth seeing is that it has a great energy to the delivery. The cast, the direction, the dialogue, the music; all of it has a constant movement and pace to it that is quite engaging and caught me up in it quite easily. The various characters come and go across the scenes and they mostly all tie in loosely with the main character doing his thing, but following them all is quite fun, again because of the energy. The camera moves round with a good pace but not in a frantic or annoying way – very smooth and consistent. The cast mostly do the same as well, very natural even if at times the dialogue has an abrasive edge to it. I liked that the film did manage to do the main thing it set out to do though, which was show this activity and sport in day to day life.

It is all pretty evident but in fairness it doesn't have to be all arch and clever about it because it is a true picture to paint to show jogging, people at the gym, people rushing around for work and of course people having discussions about sport and in particular football. This all has a natural ring to it that again I thought worked well. A Running Jump isn't a brilliant film but it has clear parameters and it achieves them really well thanks to the energetic and engaging delivery that is consistent across all aspects of the short film.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Running Jump (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?