Man Up (2015)
Starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Sharon Horgan, Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, and Olivia Williams
Directed by Ben Palmer
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
While all-out hilarity may not ensue, there were a several chuckles and maybe even a few flat-out guffaws throughout Man Up mostly thanks to Simon Pegg's deliveries and Lake Bell's reactions to them. The two pair off of each other nicely and make this otherwise formulaic and typical rom-com fare a little better than average. Unfortunately, rather than try and build a story that focuses squarely on these two individuals, the film's debut screenwriter peppers in one-note unfunny characters that do little to advance the plot, but take up much too much of the film's running time. Even with a speedy 90-minute running time, these superfluous "extras" unnecessarily pad and bring down the movie. There's better out there than Man Up, but it proves that Lake Bell is an underused commodity in Hollywood and Simon Pegg is a clever and witty cinematic comedian.
The RyMickey Rating: C+