I have always liked Simon Pegg.* The first thing I saw him in was Sean of the Dead, where he's an ordinary working class bloke in London, during an outbreak of something that causes people to turn into brain-craving zombies. It was a very funny, and not too gruesome twist on zombie-lore. I've been a fan of the typically British sense of humor since my younger days, when I probably watched way too much Monty Python.
So when the husband brought home a Simon Pegg movie, I was all for it...until I realized it was a rom-com called Man Up. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3064298/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_9 Sheesh! He knows I don't like those kinds of movies. I like sci-fi and action movies, with explosions and aliens and things. Take me to the next Marvel superheroes movie and I'm a happy camper. But he had rented it and wanted to watch it, so we did. It started out kind of slowly, as we meet Nancy (played by Lake Bell, an American actress whose British accent is totally convincing,) who is in her mid-thirties and dateless because she's kind of shy and not so good at playing the game needed to meet men or to hook-up. Her parents are about to celebrate a milestone decade anniversary, and her sister is happily married. They love her, but feel they have to nudge her along, to get her to "put yourself out there" to meet someone.
On the train, she sits near a woman who has a copy of a self-help book which is the latest best-seller. The woman tells her she really should read it, since it's obvious she needs it. She's a bit put off by the woman's snark, but ignores it. The woman tells her she can't give her that copy, since she needs it to hold in the train station so the man she's meeting for a blind date will know who she is. Up to now they've only texted, after mutual friends wanted to set them up. Of course the woman forgets the book, and our plucky heroine rushes out of the train holding it, trying to return it to its owner. Jack (Simon Pegg) is the date, and he sees the book in her hands and introduces himself. You see the indecision in her face, along with the moment she decides she has nothing to lose by pretending to be the other woman.
Their date has its ups and downs. Mostly ups at the start, as they learn about each other. She's supposed to be only 24 and a marathon runner. And he's in his early 40s and trying to recover from a painful divorce. Since I really dislike matches where the man is so much older than the woman, I was glad that at least she was closer in age to him than the woman he expected. They hit it off and have a good time together. Then a man who has had a creepy crush on her since grade school recognizes her, and the truth comes out, with consequences. She gets accused of being a liar, while she tells Jack he's not over his ex-wife and won't be until he truly accepts that it's over. They fight then split up, with him determined to find the woman he was supposed to date.
Once he meets her and they chat, he realizes that he just told the woman he's really meant to be with that he never wanted to see her again. So he goes in search of Nancy. The movie was a real feel-good kind of story. You could see how perfectly these two people were suited, each bringing out the best in the other. And by the end you'll be cheering along with the entire party of teenagers that helped Jack find where the parents of his true love live.
*Note: I'm totally against the whole "re-imagining" of Star Trek's most beloved characters that Simon Pegg is a part of, so I refuse to see any of those movies. He'll never be "Scotty" to me. I'm forgiving him because I like his comedies.
I guess it's kind of funny that what I like to watch, action movies, and what I like to read, sci-fi and non-fiction, are all so diametrically opposed to what I write, which is contemporary romance. But then we are all made up of contradictions and surprises, right? And I do like to watch and read spy stories, which is what my next book release will be. Still waiting on the date for Secret Love, but it's one of my best stories. I hope to be posting a release date soon.
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