“Man Up,” the new romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell, is about what can happen when someone mistakes you for their blind date – and you just go along with it. The film is directed by Ben Palmer, who made “The Inbetweeners Movie.”
American actress Bell (with an unusually convincing British accent) plays Nancy, a cynic who doesn’t believe in dating or being “set up.” But when Jack (Pegg) incorrectly identifies her as his blind date in Waterloo station, Nancy decides to pretend to be someone she isn’t.
Naturally, hilarity ensues. Jack thinks Nancy is a tri-athlete (she’s definitely not), and as she stuffs her face with food, she gropes at straws to explain, “I just gotta regularly carb up.” Nancy goes outside of her comfort zone and against all odds, starts falling for Jack. But when the truth comes out, and Jack realizes Nancy is NOT the woman he thought (in fact, she’s 10 years older), it seems unlikely he could ever trust her again. Plus, the whole thing makes her look a little crazy.