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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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