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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A man will stop at nothing to demean his girlfriend's former fiancé; he also swears at her child. Another character abandons his pregnant fiancée, though he regrets it later and appears to be a good father to their child. A gambler never seems to be able to pay his debts. Dennis, the lead character, undergoes a transformation, becoming less irresponsible and more self reliant/grown up in the end. All in all, most characters are warm and caring, despite some iffy decisions/actions.
Violence & Scariness
A fistfight between friends turns ugly when they start hitting each other with garbage can lids and kicking each other in the groin; a character trips up another on purpose, causing injury; another character, who's fond of gambling, is threatened by the people he owes money to (they nearly crush him with a piano).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing; in a locker room scene, one man stands naked in front of another, who's uncomfortable with the proximity; a character likes to stand around without pants on (his backside is shown); some references to "jumping on the bed."
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Language includes several uses of "s--t," as well as "pr--k," "hell," and "goddammit." A child uses the word "s--thead," and another kid gives a grown up the finger. An adult curses at a child in a moment of frustration.
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Products & Purchases
The big marathon is sponsored by Nike, and on the day of the race, the swoosh logo is everywhere -- it almost feels like an ad. Some signage for bakeries and London cabs; a mention of Rolex and Channel 7.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dennis smokes like a chimney (though he tries to quit while training); he also enjoys beer and is shown walking the streets of London drunk. Some social drinking, including parties and at bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this amusing (if not particularly inventive) British romantic comedy includes a fair amount of swearing (though no words stronger than "s--t" and "pr--k") -- some in front of/directed at children. One kid even gives a grown-up the finger. There's also some random partial nudity -- one character likes to walk around naked below the waist, though viewers only see his backside -- and a fair amount of smoking and drinking (mostly in social situations). The lead character goes through a positive transformation, becoming more self reliant and turning himself into a better person. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Original it isn't, but there's no denying RUN, FAT BOY, RUN's charms, thanks to Pegg, who smartly avoids playing sentimental -- even during the movie's patently sentimental bits. He's still got bite even when he's obviously tugging at the heartstrings. Newton exhibits a knack for comedy (though her responses are sometimes exaggerated for comedic effect), and Dylan Moran is perfect as Dennis' unapologetically irresponsible best friend. But what's up with director David Schwimmer's constant flashing of Moran's naked behind? Plus, as delightful as Harish Patel -- who plays Dennis' landlord, Mr. Goshdashtidar -- may be, it's too formulaic to have him go from enemy to supporter overnight. And the big gross-out scene revolving a blister is funny, but barely; better to leave such hijinks to Judd Apatow and the Farrellys.
Still, it's been a while since a British romantic comedy managed to be appealing without relying on a stuttering, bumbling, slightly scandalous, Hugh Grant-like lead to see it through. It might not sit well after 26.2 hours of marathon viewing, but Run, Fat Boy, Run ably makes it to the finish line.
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