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Run, Fat Boy, Run

Cold feet and Nikes
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2008
1.0 1.0 Stars
Simon Pegg

You’ll never get cold feet as long as you’re wearing Nike running shoes. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from watching David Schwimmer’s transition from small-screen actor to big-screen director. In this leaden feature-length commercial set in London, the comic talents of Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) compete vainly with shameless product placement. Five years ago, Dennis (Pegg) ran out on his pregnant fiancée, Libby (Thandie Newton), moments before their nuptials, never looking back –– until now. Libby’s marathon-running new boyfriend (Hank Azaria) has just proposed, presenting her a pair of Nikes with a diamond ring tucked inside. Determined to win her back, the unfit Dennis laces up the new Nikes given to him by his landlord (“To help you be a good man!”) and enters the Nike River Run. Oy. Not even new leather can hide the sweat and desperation of this non-starting shill. 97 minutes | Boston Common + Fenway + Kendall Square + Embassy + suburbs
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