'Man Up' Trailer: This British Romcom Looks Way, Way Better Than Its Title

Friday, 20 March 2015 16:21 Written by  iamrogue
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'Man Up' Trailer: This British Romcom Looks Way, Way Better Than Its Title

A really good romantic comedy – one that is charming, heartfelt, and invests us in characters who behave roughly like actual human beings – is worth its weight in gold.

So we're pretty intrigued by Man Up, a British romcom buoyed by lead performances from Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.  Based on the new trailer, which debuted today along with a quartet of pictures, Man Up looks much better than the title suggests.  In fact, Man Up looks like its worth a brick or two of fried gold.

Man Up has an agreeably simple, sitcom-style premise: Nancy accidentally ends up on a blind date with Jack, but as the date keeps getting better and better, she becomes more and more reluctant to tell Jack that she is not, in fact, precisely the woman he thinks she is.

With a compelling, charismatic performances, that setup could really pay off humorously and maybe even a little bit emotionally.  And these leads are as compelling and charismatic as they get.  Bell is an export we can be proud of; playing English does nothing to damper the radiance of the multi-hyphenate In a World... director (currently on board to direct the Claire Messud novel The Emperor's Children).  And Pegg's way with a romcom is underappreciated: Shaun of the Dead is, after all, a zomromcom, while Spaced is funny, earnest, and oddly romantic.

It all adds up to something very promising for anybody with a soft spot for, say, Richard Curtis movies.

Check out the first trailer below, thanks to Yahoo! Movies.

Man Up is directed by Ben Palmer, the director the decidedly less romantic The Inbetweeners Movie, as well as eleven episodes of the original show.  Palmer directs from a script by Tess Morris, a script that made the Black List, that annual compendium of popular unproduced screenplays selected by Hollywood types.

The supporting cast includes the likes of Olivia Williams, Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, Sharon Horgan, Harriet Walter, and Ken Stott.

Man Up opens in UK theaters on May 29th.  There's no US release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Here's the official synopsis, followed by four official images:

Nancy, is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just —- goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally Man Up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also Man Up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.

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