Since I wasn't able to make it to either premier of Spirit of the Marathon, I've had other movies to look forward to this year for fun, running motivation. Saturday night, Rebecca and I went to see Run Fat Boy Run. I'll admit that the running part of the movie was not the primary reason for wanting to go see it. I personally thought it looked like a funny movie, that happened to involve marathon running. A good part of the movie does revolve around running a marathon, so I'd classify this is a running movie. This movie has appeal for both men and women, otherwise there's no way I'd be able to convince Rebecca to go see it with me ;)
The basic plot is about a guy who left his pregnant fiancee at the alter 5 years ago and is trying to win her back into his life over her current boyfriend who is running in the local marathon in London. He thinks that running a marathon will make his ex realize he is a changed man after these 5 years. Of course, he goes through the series of predictable troubles of going from out of shape fatty to marathoner in only 3 weeks. Yes, 3 weeks to train for a marathon. The whole movie has lots of good humor sprinkled throughout. Many opportunities for toilet humor are pleasantly left for classic comedic moments. As with any comedy these days, there are a few toilet humor jokes, but nothing too over the top. The movie takes on the feel of a british comedy even though it is produced by David Schwimmer and written by Michael Ian Black. It does take place in London though, so it doesn't feel forced at all.
Overall, definitely worth going to see for an easy laugh out loud movie. I'd recommend it to everyone.
And FYI - for anyone who still hasn't seen Spirit of the Marathon, they will be doing a tour throughout the US for the rest of the year, following various marathon races. I also believe the DVD will be released early Fall.