Faintheart

  • 12
  • Vito Rocco (2008)
  • UK
  • 87 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The result of a unique experiment, Faintheart was developed on the MySpace social networking website, with users chipping in ideas and jokes. It's therefore a little surprising that so many contributors could come up with so few laughs. The end result is a comedy about a loser called Richard (Eddie Marsan) who spends too much time dressing up as a Viking and re-enacting battles, and not enough time on his personal relationships. He may be dull, but Richard's still more of an attractive proposition than the flashy PE teacher (Paul Nicholls) who takes up with his wife (Jessica Hynes). The film plods along inoffensively and predictably, without inspiration or flair. Ewen Bremner does deliver a characteristically fine performance as Richard's Trekkie mate, but Anne Reid is wasted as his mother-in-law. Basically, the central premise - that nerds can be decent human beings - has been explored to better effect in countless more traditionally produced comedies.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Eddie Marsan and Jessica Hynes. A sales assistant who's obsessed with re-enacting Viking battles finds his life at a crossroads when his hobby makes him late for his father-in-law's funeral and his wife throws him out.

Cast and crew

Cast

Richard
Eddie Marsan
Cath
Jessica Stevenson
Julian
Ewen Bremner
Barbara
Anne Reid
Geoff
Tim Healy
Gary
Paul Nicholls
Martin
Joseph Hamilton
Maggie
Bronagh Gallagher
Alan
Kevin Eldon

Crew

Director
Vito Rocco

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo Films
Guidance: 
Sexual references, edited for language.
Available on DVD
Released 23 Jan 2009
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy

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