Simon Pegg follows Man Up with yet another horrible choice, and he looks much, much more uncomfortable in this one. Everyone does, as the lines are essentially unspeakable. Sanjeev Bhaskar, as Pegg’s school-teaching colleague, has to get things rolling with lines like “If you could do absolutely anything, what would you do?” Kate Beckinsale, as the Girl Who Lives Downstairs, Is Impossibly Beautiful And Single, has to play a stereotype of a stereotype of a stereotype and do things like, when her pathological stalker pulls a gun, say, mildly worried, “You’re crazy!” Worst of all – way worst of all – Robb Riggle, as that stalker, seems to have been told to watch Kevin Kline’s performance in A Fish Called Wanda and copy it, right down to the facial expressions as he spies through a window.
Alarmingly, an obvious and easy scene to cut – that dog rescuing Pegg from a suicide attempt – was left in. It’s an awful scene, and distasteful, especially since it does nothing for the plot and is not funny (indeed, as I said, it’s awful). This is how Williams got repaid – with a bad suicide gag?