A Fantastic Fear of Everything

  • 15
  • Crispian Mills (2012)
  • UK
  • 96 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
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

An author of children's books starts writing about serial killers instead - but the experience leaves him consumed by irrational terror and unable to leave his flat for fear of imagined plots to murder him. When a Hollywood mogul takes an interest in his work, he must learn to control his paranoia and rejoin the outside world. Comedy, starring Simon Pegg, Amara Karan and Paul Freeman.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jack
Simon Pegg
Sangeet
Amara Karan
Dr Friedkin
Paul Freeman
Clair
Clare Higgins
Perkins
Alan Drake

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