DENNIS (Simon Pegg) is an ordinary guy.
Heís a little overweight and he smokes, but heís nice,
charming and unassuming. However, five years ago, Dennis did
something that wasnít so nice. On his wedding day to his
pregnant fiancť LIBBY (Thandie Newton), Dennis did a runner.
He just couldnít go through with it. He didnít think he was
good enough for Libby, so instead of ruining her life, he
ruined her big day.
Now, five years later, Dennis realizes he made a big
mistake. Heís still in love with Libby. He still sees her
all the time because of JAKE (Matthew Fenton), their
five-year-old son, but all romantic ties have been severed.
Libbyís now seeing WHIT (Hank Azaria), a charming
professional from the City, and Dennis takes an immediate
dislike to him. Whit is casual, easy-going, successful and
good with Jake; much to Dennisís annoyance. How can Dennis
compete with him?
In direct contrast to Whitís sleek lifestyle in the City,
Dennis is a mere security guard for a ladies retail store.
He doesnít earn much money and heís well behind on his rent,
something which his landlord, MR GHOSHDASHTIDAR (Harish
Patel), doesnít take lightly. Mr Gís daughter MAYA (India de
Beaufort) is particularly intent on evicting Dennis and
replacing him with a much more reliable tenant. Compared to
Whitís effortless abilities, everything Dennis attempts
seems to end in disaster. Even when he wants to take Jake to
see ďLord of the Rings: The Musical,Ē he
finds himself in trouble with the police for trying to buy
from a ticket tout. There is no help forthcoming from
Dennisí feckless best friend GORDON (Dylan Moran), whose
life is just as much of a mismatch. Gordonís main sources of
interest are the poker games held at the back of a piano
store with a bunch of misfits: GROVER, CLAUDINE and MICKEY,
overseen by the imperious VINCENT (Simon Day).
Dennis feels demoralized and overwhelmed by Whitís long list
of achievements. In a last-ditch effort to prove to Libby
that heís changed his ways, Dennis impulsively announces at
her birthday party that he will run in the same London
Marathon that Whit has been training for. But does Dennis
have the stuff to trade his cold feet for running shoes?
RUN, FAT BOY, RUN is a romantic comedy that affirms that
true love isnít a sprint, itís a marathon.
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