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Critic wrangle: “Run, Fat Boy, Run.”

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03282008_runfatboyrun.jpgEveryone loves Simon Pegg, but few are willing to extend that sentiment to his new film “Run, Fat Boy, Run,” a rom-com about a London slacker (Pegg) who tries to win back the woman (Thandie Newton) he left at the altar by running a marathon, also happens to be David Schwimmer’s directorial debut. “I wouldn’t believe that Run, Fat Boy, Run was co-written by Simon Pegg (of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) if he weren’t up there on the screen in teeny briefs and with his gut stuck out, trying to endear himself to the American audience in material maybe a notch above Rob Schneider’s,” sighs David Edelstein at New York. Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly is reminded of another highbrow comedian, calling the script one “Adam Sandler wouldn’t have pulled out of his bottom drawer.” At Slant, Nick Schager complains that “Run, Fatboy, Run so slavishly hews to a familiar rom-com template that it quickly makes itself irrelevant, its few idiosyncratic particulars unable to prevent everything from feeling like the same-old tripe with a cute Brit accent.” “The forthcoming comedic overhaul signified by Pegg’s involvement given past outings in genre spoofs “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” never arrives; you can only scratch your head, wishing the actor would bring self-awareness to his rom-com confines with a wink and a nudge,” writes Kristi Mitsuda at indieWIRE, while Nathan Rabin at the Onion AV Club finds “There’s bittersweet humor in watching Pegg struggle to become the man he and his family need him to be, but this is still the sort of formulaic, high-concept fare it’s easy to imagine [screenwriter Michael Ian] Black dryly lampooning in his capacity as VH1’s in-house smartass.”

There are a few tentative bits of praise, though, mostly Pegg-centric: Jim Ridley at the Village Voice declares that “Pegg has staked out a peculiar slant on genre material that ventures beyond irony toward rehabilitation–and nobody plays blithe humiliation with more style.” At the New York Times, Matt Zoller Seitz writes that “‘Run, Fat Boy, Run’ is the kind of movie that’s apt to be dismissed a goofy lark. It is that. But it’s also a rare comedy that believes in its own message, and that could inspire the depressed and the demoralized to grit their teeth and keep running.” And the short shorts redeem the film for Salon‘s Stephanie Zacharek: “The sight of Pegg in those very small smalls is one of the best visuals in ‘Run Fatboy Run,’ and it’s not the only time he seems to be carrying the picture on his sturdy, if not brawny, shoulders.”

[Photo: “Run, Fat Boy, Run,” New Line Cinema, 2007]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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