Man Up (a movie review)

A funny boy-meets-girl movie that primarily takes place over the course of a full day. Without giving too much away, it’s about two women striking up a conversation with one of them unwittingly becoming a matchmaker. The consequences are hilarious and lead to a bunch of amusing scenes. The movie stars Simon Pegg, who plays a 40-year-old man trying to reconcile his feelings of loss over his divorce, and Lake Bell, who plays a socially awkward 34-year-old woman. She’s become cynical about romance because of compounded past hurts.

The story is tight, focusing on an evening about two people acquainting themselves with each other and at the same time, learning something about themselves. I watched this film because of Simon Pegg, who makes any movie funnier if it’s a comedy. I’ve listed below in chronological order the movies I’ve seen where he (or his voice) is featured.

Shaun of the Dead
Land of the Dead
Mission: Impossible III
Hot Fuzz
Grindhouse
Run, Fatboy, Run
Star Trek
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Paul
The Adventures of Tintin
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Star Trek Into Darkness
The World’s End
Cuban Fury
Hector and the Search for Happiness
The Boxtrolls
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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