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Man Up (2015)

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A single woman takes the place of a stranger's blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

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Ben Palmer

Writer:

Tess Morris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lake Bell ... Nancy
Rory Kinnear ... Sean
Ken Stott ... Bert
Harriet Walter ... Fran
Olivia Williams ... Hilary
Sharon Horgan ... Elaine
Ophelia Lovibond ... Jessica
Simon Pegg ... Jack
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Ed
Keir Charles ... Dom
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ... Katie
Robert Wilfort ... Ryan
Paul Thornley ... Adam
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Daniel
James Reilly James Reilly ... Cloakroom Attendant (as James Oliver Reilly)
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Storyline

A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling up to 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. There is drinking, truths, an old stalker class mate with a long standing crush, lost divorce papers, lost hopes, competitive indoor sports and yeah Jack finding out the truth that Nancy isn't his blind date. 'Man Up' a romantic comedy about taking chances, finding about being yourself, making decisions and rolling with the consequences. Written by Samuel Prongs

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Giving love a chance starts with taking one. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

(Des)encontro Perfeito See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When they return to Waterloo, it is meant to be 10pm. The access to the Underground was closed, it must have been filmed in the middle of the night. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Congratulations on your massive pack of lies!
Nancy: Thank you!
Jack: God, you're such a cynic!
Nancy: And you're such a romantic!
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Soundtracks

Busy Earnin
Written by Thomas McFarland and Joshua Lloyd-Watson
Published by Global Talent Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Jungle
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Ltd.
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Man, you'll feel up after seeing this!
15 November 2015 | by mlaimlai2See all my reviews

Simon Pegg might not be your conventional romantic comedy actor with the devilishly handsome looks but his humor and charisma shine through in this funny British film that takes place over the course of one day. He is accompanied by Lake Bell who also delivers a heartwarming performance that will win over even the most cynical of romantic comedy viewers.

Nancy (Lake Bell) is a 34 year old single woman who hasn't had much luck with dating. While traveling on a train to attend her parent's 40th wedding anniversary, she meets Jessica (Ophelia Lovibond) who leaves her a copy of a self-help book. It is this book which Jessica will be holding when her blind date, Jack (Simon Pegg) sees her at the train station. When she goes into a shop to buy herself a new copy, Nancy bumps into Jack who assumes she is his blind date. They form an instant bond but how will this be affected when Jack finds out she's pretending to be someone else?

When comparing this to the recent Sleeping with Other People, the focus on the main couple is more riveting with the subplots being funnier and linking better to the main story. There are the occasional sentimental moments but what romantic comedies don't have any of those? The situations the main characters find themselves in contribute to the humor. One of the characters that generates numerous laughs is a creepy high school acquaintance named Sean (Rory Kinnear) who still fancies Nancy. There's also a funny sequence in the bar where Jack meets up with his ex-wife, Hilary (Olivia Williams) and her boyfriend, Ed (Stephen Campbell Moore). The dialogue is crass and witty during these scenes where Nancy reveals her sexual, pornographic exploits with Jack.

Pegg and Bell have excellent chemistry together. It's easy to see how their characters would be attracted to each other. Kinnear plays his sexual deviant role to perfection while the other support actors like Williams, Lovibond and Moore help shape the overall tone of the film.

The excellent location shooting helps bring the best of London to the screen. It's a virtual trip to the tourist attractions and along with the soundtrack, ensure that the movie will be enjoyed for more than just its plot, script and acting.

Although it might be a little predictable, the charm of the main actors along with their predicaments result in an entertaining romantic comedy that is guaranteed to make you laugh. If you're a fan of Simon Pegg, there will be the added value of seeing him react to situations that maximize his comedic talents. This is one of the better romantic comedies of 2015. http://mlaimlai2.wix.com/magical-movie-review


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