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Man Up

Drama . Comedy . Romance

A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling across London to toast another 10 years of her parent's successful happy magical marriage runs in with a 40 year old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date. Nancy, deciding to go with it, happens to hop on the most chaotic yet hilarious journey of her life which neither of them will ever forget.

Actors: Dean-Charles Chapman , Henry Lloyd-Hughes , Harriet Walter , Ken Stott , Sharon Horgan , Rory Kinnear , Ophelia Lovibond , Olivia Williams , Lake Bell , Simon Pegg
Directors: Ben Palmer
Country: UK , FRANCE
Release: 2015-11-13
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  • Kate Erbland

    The film is rife with contrivances and clichés, but it engages with them in a respectful and clever manner, enough to sell even the silliest ideas. Man Up knows what it is, and the result is unexpectedly refreshing and exceedingly charming.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    From start to almost finish, Man Up, directed by Ben Palmer from a terrific script by Tess Morris, sustains a remarkably high level of verbal invention. Mr. Pegg, a superb comic actor in his own right, serves as an endearingly frantic foil to Ms. Bell, whose lips, larynx, facial features and thought processes all move at Mach 2 speed.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Frequently laugh-out-loud funny and tangibly tender where it ought to be, the immensely satisfying screwball romp feels freshly contemporary even as it largely conforms to genre conventions.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Not up there with key US influences "Annie Hall," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Jerry Maguire," but a romcom Brits can be proud of. Make a date of it.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    This featherweight comedy from director Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners Movie”) is a lot more fun than many heftier, supposed rom-coms, thanks to the timing and chemistry of its leads.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Bell and co-star Simon Pegg are such enjoyably unlikely rom-com leads, and they have such crackling chemistry from the word go, they more than make up for some of the film’s more predictable plot elements. Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    With Lake Bell and Simon Pegg as the would-be couple involved, the emphasis is squarely on comedy. There’s some romance in there, too, but it’s nicely twisted, just enough to keep things fresh and funny.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Even a second-rate farce like Man Up can be a jolly pick-me-up. Its momentum alone made me very happy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Man Up, a destined-for-romance story in the spirit of “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” has just enough edge to distinguish it from a Lifetime movie. It also has Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, versatile and likable actors who help the mild story considerably.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dan Gvozden

    Pegg's comic chops elevate even the most juvenile of jokes, but it's Bell's daring and impolite performance that steals the show.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Both actors stay sharp through some pretty degrading moments, and if Palmer and screenwriter Tess Morris are bent on serious button-pushing in the closing scenes, at least they garnish it with playfulness and wit.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    The upshot of this loopy masquerade is more predictable than it is progressive, but considerably pleasurable thanks to Morris’s generous supply of pithy one-liners and the resourceful, ribald skills of Bell, as engaging and elastic a comic everywoman here as she was in her impressive directorial debut “In a World … ”

    Variety Full Review
  • Graham Fuller

    In focusing on Bell’s flamboyant performance and moving the action along at a frenetic pace, [Palmer] did what was required here in making a rowdy, infectious entertainment.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Rather than aim for uproarious, it constantly settles for amusing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The wistful and poignant stuff doesn’t play as well as the surprising setbacks to romance, many of them delivered by the weirdly randy Sean at the most opportune times.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Ali Plumb

    If it could decide whether it was a cute romcom or a dirty one, Man Up would be a real gem, but as charming as it is, it falls between two stools and never manages to, ahem, Man Up.

    Empire Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Bell is so goofy and likeable I found myself willing the film to keep up with her. But the funny bits are never quite funny enough, and the script loses feminist points bigtime for its sour bitch ex-wife character.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    Lake Bell and Simon Pegg's star wattage isn't enough to distract from the sense that their characters are almost exclusively defined by their single-ness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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