Man Up follows the story of Nancy (Lake Bell), a single woman in her thirties who just can't hit it off with men, as evident by an extremely awkward blind date she's set up on during the start of the film. While taking a train to her parents house in London one day, Nancy sits next to a young woman, Jessica (Ophelia Lovibond), who's getting ready for a date with a man she's never met. The two intend on meeting each other using a book they've both read, but once they get to the final stop, Jessica leaves her book behind. Nancy attempts to rush through the crowds, attempting to find her and return her book, but she happens to run into Jessica's date, Jack (Simon Pegg). Not sure what to do, Nancy pretends to be Jessica, and so the two of them go on a blind date, Jack not realising he's with the wrong person.
That's the thing about this movie, too. It's absolutely hysterical. There's the odd joke here and there that falls a little flat, but when Simon Pegg and Lake Bell are on screen together, everything works. It's their moments apart that aren't quite as funny. The scenes still work and I enjoyed this film as a whole, but it's nothing in comparison to the hilarity they bring when the two of them share the screen. I adore Simon Pegg in everything he's in and while I haven't seen Lake Bell in too many things, she won me over with this movie.
This significant event introduces us to a character named Sean, played by Rory Kinnear. Rory Kinnear has played an important role in the last three James Bond movies and for that reason alone, I like him as an actor. He can act, and he clearly chooses good roles, but his character here just got under my skin. He's somewhat of a stalker who appears from Nancy's past and his character just wasn't funny. The scenes he's in are awkward and his performance is occasionally cringe-worthy. He has a couple of solid laughs, but other than that, I just wasn't a fan.
To sum up, Man Up is a romantic comedy that plays around the clichés you'd normally find in the genre. It's hilarious, sweet and the two leads, Simon Pegg and Lake Bell, work really well together. Not a fantastic movie, but it's entertaining enough.