Man Up

Man Up

Ben Palmer (2015)

84min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nancy (Lake Bell) steals someone else's blind date, Jack (Simon Pegg), from under a clock at Waterloo Station, and the lie leads to major mayhem in this feel-good comedy from director Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie). There's a screwball rhythm to the action and a snappy, wordy script that gallops past the "meet-cute to meet-wrong" concept to redeem itself with a credible romance. Bell and Pegg's on-screen chemistry is pitted against the amorous attentions of Nancy's oddball school chum (Rory Kinnear) and Jack's weird ex-wife (Olivia Williams), which keeps them all running around in circles. Man Up is heaped with wit and insight, and its smart script, sharp direction and crisp performances, all set against buzzing London streets that denizens will recognise, give it the feel of a frisky romantic version of After Hours. Bell's English accent is pretty good, too.

Summary

Premiere. While traveling across London to attend a party to celebrate her parents' 10th wedding anniversary, a thirtysomething single woman is mistaken for a recently divorced stranger's blind date, so decides to spend a chaotic evening with him. However, she has to face the consequences when he realises she is not his intended blind date. Romantic comedy, starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.

Cast & Crew

Nancy Lake Bell
Jack Simon Pegg
Hilary Olivia Williams
Harry Dean-Charles Chapman
Jessica Ophelia Lovibond
Elaine Sharon Horgan
Sean Rory Kinnear
Bert Ken Stott
Katie Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Dom Keir Charles
Ryan Robert Wilfort
Director Ben Palmer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 May 2015
Comedy Drama