We start the film with Dennis at his wedding. He is sweating profusely and absolutely beside himself with terror of his impending nuptials. His best friend/cousin Gordon played by Dylan Moran is trying to comfort him in a poor men don't have feelings sort of way. The last time Gordon tries to check on him Dennis has climbed out the window and is running down the street.
We flash forward 5 years, Dennis is still running. As we zoom out from Dennis we find he is in a uniform, chasing down a shoplifter. Apparently he is working as a security guard for a women's boutique. He manages to tackle the perpetrator and wrestle the stolen pair of panties from her grasp.
As we follow Dennis further into his world we begin to find out that he doesn't have such a great handle on life. He locks himself out of his apartment, and then has to talk to his pissed off landlord to let him in the front door.
The next scene shows Jake as played by Matthew Fenton watching Lord of the Rings on TV. Jake is in his mother house waiting for Dennis to pick him up for a Lord of the Rings musical. Libby, Dennis's almost wife is played by Thandie Newton.It is in this scene where we meet Whit played by the always excellent Hank Azaria. Whit is Libby's new boyfriend, he is intelligent, organized, and well off.
A little later in the move we get to the plot of the film. We find out that Whit is running in a marathon. Dennis wanting to win back Libby agrees to join in and run the marathon as well. Swearing to change his life and win back his girl Dennis makes a piss poor attempt to start training. Only after his cousin Gordon makes a huge wager with his gambling buddies that Dennis will finish the marathon does he actually start training for real. Gordon now having a stake in his success decides to be his coach.
For me this is where the film actually start to get interesting. Watching Dennis be a complete loser for the first half of the film isn't exactly amusing for me to watch. It is important though to show personal growth. I do like to see a character grow in a film, to actually achieve something before the end of the film. Makes me think I actually didn't completely waste two hours of my life.
The film has a absolutely wonderful ending, realistic, well, maybe. Lets just say you won't be disappointed if you decide to watch this movie, at least I wasn't disappointed.
I rate this film four and a half smiley Mike heads. It was funny, in a slightly uncomfortable mildly British humor sort of way but still fun.
If you like odd ball sort of movies I highly suggest this one for you.