#BEDM Film Review: Man Up

I love Simon Pegg. Properly love him. In my eyes this man can pretty much do no wrong. So, when I was invited to a preview screening of his new film, Man Up, I jumped at the chance. The only thing is, it’s a romantic comedy. Can he pull off a romcom? They’re usually pretty cheesy and he’s just, well, not! Is this going to be the moment he plummets in my estimations? Luckily not!

Man Up Review

Have you ever had a case of mistaken identity? Tess Morris has and it inspired her to put pen to paper and write Man Up. One day she was stood under the clock at Waterloo train station and a man approached her, asked her if she was Claire and the cogs in her head started whirring. She said no but the possibilities if she had said yes were endless.

Nancy (Lake Bell) is 34 years old, single and hung-over again. She is becoming exhausted by the never-ending, awful set ups by her friends and is trekking across London to celebrate another decade of her parent’s happy marriage. Nursing her sore head and trying to cobble together a toast for the anniversary party she meets the ever perky, self-help book loving Jessica (Ophelia Lovibond) who tries to encourage her to be less cynical and a little more open to opportunities but gets beaten down at every turn.

Mistaking Nancy for his 24-year-old blind date, 40-year-old divorcee, Jack (Simon Pegg) introduces himself. Nancy throws caution to the wind and decides to go with it. What follows is the most chaotic yet sometimes hilarious evening of her life that neither of them are likely to forget in a hurry. There is lots of drinking, highly competitive sportsmanship, an old class mate with a penchant for stalking and a long-standing crush, lost divorce papers, excellent dancing and Jack discovering that Nancy isn’t actually his blind date.

Man Up is one of the best romantic comedies that has been released for a while. Although it may be a little predictable in places it is both fun and funny by the bucket load. Plus, you can’t help but feel good after such a nice film about taking chances, being yourself, making decisions and rolling with the punches.

I actually felt pretty good about the world when I left the cinema and had a big old soppy grin on my face. I also had a bit of a crush on Simon Pegg too. Which was something I wasn’t expecting. I think it may have been the Hugh Grant effect, you know what I mean? Like I don’t like Hugh Grant but then I watch Notting Hill and fall a little bit in love with WIlliam Thacker. Like how I can’t help but fancy Daniel Cleaver a bit in Bridget Jones. See, you agree now, right? Right!

Man Up is released in cinemas on Friday 29th May and I do suggest you go and see it.

Have you seen any good films recently that I should watch? Are you as much of a sucker for romcoms as me? Please do let me know in the comments I’d love to hear from you.



#BEDM My latest obsession

Recently, I’ve become a bit of a fan of the old self-help book. I know, right? I have three or four on the go at the moment. Some of them are a little bit hard going. I know that once I get into them I’ll be alright but I’m really struggling at the minute. Well that was until one particular self-help book entered my world and I’ve zoomed through it in a couple of sittings.

Let me introduce you to How I Changed My Life In a Year: One Woman’s Mission To Lose Weight, Get Fit, Beat Her Demons, And Find Happiness …In Twelve Easy Steps!

My new self-help book obsession

 Shelley Wilson was sick of making and breaking New Year’s Resolutions time and time again. So, one year she decided to break it down into twelve monthly resolutions and blog about it. The thinking behind it was, if she only had to concentrate on it for four weeks she was more likely to stick to it than having to try to tackle everything, all at once.

It’s such a simple idea. I can’t believe I’ve never really broken it down like that before. I think that’s what makes this book such an inspiring one. Plus, Shelley’s writing is conversational, easy to read and pretty funny in places.

I 100% recommend this book and I know I’m going to sit down and make myself a twelve month plan. I’m even going to try to start the first one in June because who says your resolutions have to start in January?

Do you have any self-help books to recommend? I’d love to hear if any have particularly helped you.



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#BEDM What’s in a name?

I’ve got to that time in my life where people around me are starting families. As exciting as it all is, I’m always fascinated to find out what makes them choose certain names for their children. I love hearing about the inspiration behind people’s names too. For example, when my mum was pregnant she overheard someone say something to a little girl called Laura. The name hadn’t occurred to her before and there and then she decided that’s what she wanted my name to be. On the other hand my dad wanted to name me Jolene, after the Dolly Parton song!

Hello my name is

 Today I was reading Hello Giggles and it gave me the opportunity to find out what my “today” name would be. You put in your name, sex and year you were born and it calculates your name for every decade from the 1890s to today! When I put my details in it told me Laura was the 23rd most popular girl’s name in the year I was born (in the US, the answers would be different if it used UK data). It also means if I was American I may have been called Kristen! As you can see it would be Carolina. I’m a big fan of my 1950s name being Peggy and bizarrely my 2000s name is Mackenzie, which, when I was younger was a name I decided I wanted for my own (fictional, future) daughter!

I have to admit, it’s a lot of fun looking at your alternative names and it’s always good to have a couple up your sleeve in case you require an alias, right? Have a try yourself here and let me know what you get.

Please don’t blame me for the lack of work you get done today though because you can get lost trying out everyone you have ever met in it!