A Fantastic Fear of Everything

  • 15
  • Crispian Mills (2012)
  • UK
  • 96 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This laboured and limp comedy stars Simon Pegg as Jack, a disillusioned children's author striving for more respectability as a serious writer. While researching Victorian serial killers, Jack is overwhelmed by his own phobias. As he prepares for a make-or-break meeting with an important executive, Jack's irrational fears, paranoia and suppressed childhood memories send him into a tailspin, first in his dishevelled home and then in a late-night launderette. Pegg, on screen for the full running time, is as likeable as ever playing the ordinary bloke confronted with extraordinary circumstances, but debuting writer/director Crispian Mills (frontman of 1990s Britpop group Kula Shaker) and co-director Chris Hopewell (a music-video specialist) deliver a stuttering, off-balance film that rarely gets above second gear. The slapstick set-pieces can be seen coming from miles away, while the overall gag count is disappointingly low.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Simon Pegg. The life of children's author turned crime novelist Jack is made a living hell after his research into Victorian serial killers turns him into a paranoid wreck. It's not exactly the state of mind to take into a meeting with a mysterious film executive who has taken a sudden interest in his work.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jack
Simon Pegg
Sangeet
Amara Karan
Dr Friedkin
Paul Freeman
Clair
Clare Higgins
Perkins
Alan Drake
Catherine
Sheridan Smith
Harvey Humphries
Kerry Shale
PC Taser
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Sheena
Jane Stanness
Lavinia
Alice Orr-Ewing
Young Jack
Zaak Conway

Crew

Director
Crispian Mills
Co-Director
Chris Hopewell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Jun 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy