Man Up

Man Up

Man Up

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Lake Bell (In a World…) star in this London-set rom-com from the director of The Inbetweeners Movie, following a woman who is mistaken for a blind date which accidentally leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

"Perpetually single Nancy (Bell) has given up on ever finding Mr. Right. When a mix-up involving a fad self-help book leads to Jack (Pegg) - a charming stranger - falsely identifying her as his blind date, Nancy lets her guard down to see where this unexpected opportunity takes her. At first Jack seems like he might be The One, but soon both parties realise there might be more to the other than they first let on." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2014Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references88 minsUK
ComedyRomance
Director:
Ben Palmer ('The Inbetweeners Movie')
Writer:
Tess Morris
Cast:
Simon PeggLake BellOlivia WilliamsKen Stott
96%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

We've all come across good-enough films before. Not bad per se, not memorable either, but if caught in the right middling mood – or on a plane – good enough. Ben (The Inbetweeners Movie) Palmer's London-set rom-com pairs American indie queen Lake Bell with British nerd king Simon Pegg and is, for the most part, good enough. Funny, if not especially romantic, it's steeped in cynicism so deep even a climactic flash mob can't sweeten things. Ironically, Nick Frost's overlooked Cuban Fury worked much more deftly at getting this balance right.

3.0
0

Entertaining light hearted rom-com

Enjoyable movie, relatable and fresh. Though a little predictable i still enjoyed the storyline and characters in this film.

4.0
0

Worth a laugh.

Worth a laugh, tho' not a must see.

3.0
0

A little bit pretentious

If the leads were 10 years younger, I would tag the film as the most cheesy romance title. But considering the mid-age situation, the story is pretty much convincing and witty.

4.0
0

Great British Humor

Enjoyable romcom which caused several out loud and lingering laughs from me. The main characters were funny, quick witted and were played well by Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, they were a good combo. Predictable but still a lot of fun.

4.0
0

Man Up

Not a bad comedy. Few laugh out loud moments. Found it a different role for Simon Pegg but still an enjoyable movie

3.0
0

Most loveable romcom

This was an especially enjoyable film, Lake Bell has to be one of the most down-to-earth and natural actresses because she is so easy to go along for a ride with. While some critics dismiss this film for not knowing exactly whether it wants to be a cute or rude romcom - it's actually refreshing that it achieves both without losing it's heart because...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

For viewers still waiting for the indefinitely delayed third Bridget Jones film, Ben Palmer's easy, breezy romantic comedy Man Up offers a pleasant sense of deja vu.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Lake Bell is so goofy and likeable, I found myself willing the film to keep up with her.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It gets progressively soapier and clumsier as it nears its destination, but along the way Tess Morris's script maps out a modern dating landscape strewn with anxiety, deceit, emotional baggage and drunken meltdowns ...

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Isn't perfect, but that's a minor detail when you're dealing with major talent. It could be love, actually.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A satisfying rom-com that's significantly more likable than its title.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0
Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

We've all come across good-enough films before. Not bad per se, not memorable either, but if caught in the right middling mood – or on a plane – good enough. Ben (The Inbetweeners Movie) Palmer's London-set rom-com pairs American indie queen Lake Bell with British nerd king Simon Pegg and is, for the most part, good enough. Funny, if not especially romantic, it's steeped in cynicism so deep even a climactic flash mob can't sweeten things. Ironically, Nick Frost's overlooked Cuban Fury worked much more deftly at getting this balance right.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

For viewers still waiting for the indefinitely delayed third Bridget Jones film, Ben Palmer's easy, breezy romantic comedy Man Up offers a pleasant sense of deja vu.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Lake Bell is so goofy and likeable, I found myself willing the film to keep up with her.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It gets progressively soapier and clumsier as it nears its destination, but along the way Tess Morris's script maps out a modern dating landscape strewn with anxiety, deceit, emotional baggage and drunken meltdowns ...

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Isn't perfect, but that's a minor detail when you're dealing with major talent. It could be love, actually.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A satisfying rom-com that's significantly more likable than its title.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0

Entertaining light hearted rom-com

Enjoyable movie, relatable and fresh. Though a little predictable i still enjoyed the storyline and characters in this film.

4.0
0

Worth a laugh.

Worth a laugh, tho' not a must see.

3.0
0

A little bit pretentious

If the leads were 10 years younger, I would tag the film as the most cheesy romance title. But considering the mid-age situation, the story is pretty much convincing and witty.

4.0
0

Great British Humor

Enjoyable romcom which caused several out loud and lingering laughs from me. The main characters were funny, quick witted and were played well by Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, they were a good combo. Predictable but still a lot of fun.

4.0
0

Man Up

Not a bad comedy. Few laugh out loud moments. Found it a different role for Simon Pegg but still an enjoyable movie

3.0
0

Most loveable romcom

This was an especially enjoyable film, Lake Bell has to be one of the most down-to-earth and natural actresses because she is so easy to go along for a ride with. While some critics dismiss this film for not knowing exactly whether it wants to be a cute or rude romcom - it's actually refreshing that it achieves both without losing it's heart because...

4.0
0