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Man Up (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B-

Man Up is a romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell that is charming, romantic, and pretty funny from the producer of Pegg-led films Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead (though isn't really like either). The film is written by Tess Morris and directed by Ben Palmer.

Set in England, the film centers around a blind date gone awry that actually ends up being a romantic success story. Similar in some ways to Before Sunrise, in that it centers on a lot of dialogue based scenes that deal in romantic theory and life stories mixed with several natural locations, the film is a quick and easy watch. Man Up is a great date night movie or could even be used as a basis of inspiration for the single crowd.

Nancy (Bell) hasn't had much luck with dating in the recent four years and happens to find herself on a train one day arguing with her sister on the phone on the subject. By chance, a woman on the train named Jessica suggests she reads a self-help book for inspiration, which also happens to be a call sign for a blind date she is about to go on thanks to a mutual friend. Falling asleep on the train, Nancy wakes up to find the book in front of her. Convinced that the book isn't for her, Nancy seeks out Jessica to give her back the self help book but ends up bumping into Jack, (Pegg) who mistakes her for Jessica and the two start going about the blind date. Hitting all the right marks and realizing they are good for one another, several obstacles get in their way during the night, putting them both in the hot seat and forcing them both to 'man up', get over the hurtles in their way, and find the love they so desire.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a vividly clear, lossless English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) track, the presentation on the disc is flawless and very sharp throughout. Also included is a digital copy of the film.

Extras include Gag Reel, Simon and Lake Interview Clips, The Seven Beats of Man Up Featurettes.

All in all, Man Up is a fun ride and definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of romantic comedies grounded in realism and fun.

- James Lockhart



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