Out in limited release, Man Up is a romantic comedy starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. It centres on a 34 year old cynic who is constantly being told, by both herself and her sister, to put herself out there and so, when she is mistook for a man’s blind date, goes along with it.
In recent years, romantic comedies have become a more and more dismissed area of film; their potential for charm and humour has been forgotten due to the glut of terrible rom coms which rely on stereotypes, cheesy lines and bad humour. Man Up is a refreshing departure from this, it is carried by the charisma of it’s leading character, Nancy, who surpasses the trope of sarcastic and cynical woman into an extremely comical and likeable character who exists in the real world. Her romantic interest, however, doesn’t just play second fiddle, but is just as entertaining to watch.
There was amazing chemistry between the two which really made the film effective, and in particular scenes, such as when they were fighting, this was especially apparent, and demonstrated why the film worked so well. The characters were made to complement each other, and this makes them a couple which are really enjoyable to watch, and which seem like they could work.
It was very very funny, using the personalities of all the characters, sexual gags, physical comedy, and very relatable moments of everyday humour – such as Nancy’s attempts to get spinach out of her teeth – to create a film which was solidly and consistently amusing throughout.
Man Up was a rare romantic comedy, in that it was excessively charming and humorous, whilst still offering the optimism and happy ending that most romantic comedy lovers look for. I highly reccomend.