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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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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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Dating isn't easy, but what if you decided to be someone else? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Up See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,135,977
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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When Jack and Nancy are walking along the South Bank, there are several non-contiguous shots of the Foyles book store and the stairs behind them, giving the appearance that they're not making any progress on their walk. See more »

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Jack: Nancy, I am so bloody glad you pretended to by my date today, because if you hadn't, then I never would've heard any of your amazing sex theories, or watched you trying to get jalapeno out of your teeth, or witnessed your very instinctive firewoman skills. I would never have got to know that muddy beautiful triathlete face or witnessed that awesome, highly competitive, ass as you were about to get another strike. In fact, if you hadn't have pretended to be my date today, my day would've been ...
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Have Love Will Travel
Written by Richard Berry
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.,
Administered by Music Sales Creative
Performed by Hard Livings
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Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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One of the better romantic comedies in years
29 May 2016 | by DavidLindahlSee all my reviews

Man Up is a British romantic comedy about a man and a woman who meets on a blind date. Simon Pegg plays Jack, a 40 year old divorced man who has planned a blind date with a 24 year old girl. Lake Bell plays the 34 year old Nancy who is taking the train home to her parents wedding anniversary. Nancy accidentally meet Jack's blind date and switch places with her when she discovers that the girl forgot her book, the one thing she needed to bring to the date. Jack is totally unaware of the switch and immediately takes Nancy, the wrong girl, out on the streets of London.

Man Up is definitely among the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. With a farce like humor and a perfect timing in editing and story, the film rushes away with the speed of a car chase. Nancy is at first forced to lie to Jack so that he doesn't suspect anything and he also deliberately hides his past to avoid looking foolish. After a while as the film goes on they both discover that they are very alike. Willingly and unwillingly they expose their best and worst sides of themselves for each other. It becomes some sort of race between them, a race impossible to win.

We are thrown out into London's night life with bowling, bars and portable restaurants. In some way the director is able to catch the characters' many sides in a very short time. At the same time every location they visit, plays a big part for the whole picture. They both encounter people from their past, each one affecting their date positively and negatively. Do not miss the very funny London taxi vs bike race between them. It is a very quick and incredibly refreshing romantic comedy after a couple of years with pretty lame and mediocre films in the same genre. I almost thought that the romcom film had died out, but here we actually get proof that it still works. Come on, more films like this.


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