Man Up Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Man Up

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A self-help book changes her life.

  • Starring:

    Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Olivia Williams, Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Sharon Horgan

  • Directed by:

    Ben Palmer

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Comic reference to suicide (train tracks). A man is knocked into. A man's sleeve is set on fire. A tray is overturned. Dangerous driving (speeding). Anecdotes of man being run over, stalking incident. Softly bashing head into wall. Scene from Silence of the Lambs seen. Blood/gore: None.


    A couple has sex in a hotel room (implied). Kissing, flirting, close dancing, caressing, undressing, bum-grabbing, face-licking. Sexually suggestive behaviour. References to oral sex, affairs, one-night stands, masturbation, sexual past, sexual favours, innuendo, pornography. Cleavage, beachwear, man in underwear, man on toilet.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne, cocktails, shots). Smoking (marijuana). Underage partying. Bar, club settings.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, w*nker. Name-calling, ageism. Slang for bodily fluids and genitalia. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene gestures.


    Dating, blind dates, unlikely relationships, singledom, confessions, deception, thirtysomethings, marriage.


    Estranged wife. Dead sister, divorce mentioned. Toilets, urination, vomiting, spitting.


    Refreshing, charming, honest, funny, brash, hyperenergetic, rowdy, infectious, pacy, loopy, amiable, satisfying, playful, witty, enjoyable, upbeat, quirky, amusing, offbeat, inventive. Sizzling chemistry between leads, flamboyant performance by Lake Bell, brilliant comic timing, pithy one-liners, peppy direction.


    Contrived, clichéd, broad, cheesy, predictable. Misleading title, occasionally heavy-handed score.

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