Nancy (Lake Bell) is in her mid-thirties and has trouble finding and keeping a man. When she's on a train going to her mother and fathers fortieth wedding anniversary she picks up a book left by another woman. When she arrives at Waterloo station she bangs into Jack (Simon Pegg), an on line marketing manager who is going through a painful divorce. Jack it would seem is there to meet a blind date and the way that they were to recognise each other is that Jacks date would be carrying a certain book, the book in question being the same book that Nancy has coincidently picked up on the train.

Nancy seeing an opportunity for romance lets Jack believe that she is indeed his intended date and changes her name to Jessica.

The pair then find out that they have a lot in common until a chance meeting with one of Nancy's old class mates (Rory Kinnear) in a bowling alley blows Nancy's cover. As the pair bicker with each other Jack sees an opportunity to set up his own lie and convinces Nancy to pretend to be his girlfriend so that he can make his soon to be ex-wife (Olivia Williams) jealous.

After a shaky start Man Up is a film that grows on you and by the end you'll be rooting for Pegg and Bells characters. With some hilarious scenes between the pair Man Up is a rom-com that doesn't overstay its welcome and might even have you reaching for a hanky at the end.




Man Up (15)

1h 28m

Director: Ben Palmer
Starring: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell


UK Release: Friday 29th May 2015


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