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Run Fat Boy Run

This rom-com set at a marathon runs through familiar turf



Don't be fooled by the poster pimping funny Englishman Simon Pegg, the clever bugger who helped bust open the zombie canon (Shaun of the Dead) and sent up the action-cop genre (Hot Fuzz). This romantic comedy is strictly by the book: Dumb guy (Pegg) loses perfect girl (Thandie Newton), who then finds a new man (Hank Azaria), who seems awesome but is revealed to be a cad. So, the two men take to battle, in this case, running a London marathon, in order to prove ... well, something. There's the odd chuckle, but these two funnymen plus Irish-comedian co-star Dylan Moran deserve a sharper script and a less hackneyed story. (Which also features, in the seen-too-often department: extra-cute kid; goofy Indian neighbor; upscale cupcake bakery; short-shorts jokes.) Former Friend David Schwimmer makes his directorial debut. Starts Fri., March 28. (AH) [capsule review]


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