A Fantastic Fear of Everything

2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Critics Consensus

Aside from a few chuckles and Simon Pegg's reliably affable screen presence, A Fantastic Fear of Everything has embarrassingly little to offer.

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Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by an irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent, and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in Jack's script, what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown' as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among them love, laundry and serial killers. (c) Official Facebook

Cast

Amara Karan
as Sangeet
Paul Freeman
as Dr. Friedkin
Alan Drake
as Perkins
Kiran Shah
as Small Man in Duvet
Jack Jaikol Situn
as Vietnamese Newspaper Man
Michael Feast
as Maitre D' / Eye of Death
Henry Bowers
as Broadbent-Moustached Waiter
Henry Bowers-Broadbent
as Moustached Waiter
Clare Higgins
as Clair de Grunwald
Mo Idriss
as Disgruntled Diner
Doug Tulloch
as Lead Head
Baxter Westby
as Birthday Boy
Teresa Churcher
as Liza Friedkin
Don McCulloch
as Hendon Ogre
Golda John
as Bashful African Lady
Tuyet Le
as Launderette Warden
J.J. Stanness
as Sheena the Punk Rocker
Jacqueline Chan
as Launderette Grande Dame
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Critic Reviews for A Fantastic Fear of Everything

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (21)

  • For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny - the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting.

    February 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The effect eventually becomes that of about a dozen story pitches all strung together. Any one of them might have the potential for greatness in isolation. Try to mash them up into one movie, though, and much like Jack, they fall to pieces.

    February 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is more amusing than uproarious, and often not even that; it plays like a couple of over-extended sketches featuring the same thinly drawn character.

    February 6, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • This effortfully quirky pic refuses to settle for mere ineptitude, adding casual misogyny and pronounced racism to its rap sheet.

    June 12, 2012 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • There is a complete failure of tone in this film, from begining to end.

    June 8, 2012 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • So spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.

    June 7, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
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Audience Reviews for A Fantastic Fear of Everything

  • Mar 09, 2018
    It all hinges on Simon Pegg, and for me, he makes it work. A Fantastic Fear of Everything will not be for everyone, indeed, it's darker than even your average horror comedy, but I am happy to have seen it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2014
    Jack's a writer with a dark secret. But now his demons are taking over, unless one man finds the courage to fight back. Not bad of a movie! A Fantastic Fear of Everything is probably not what you're expecting from Simon Pegg. It's not horrifically funny like Shaun of the Dead, as outright entertaining as Hot Fuzz and, mercifully, it's not as tepid as Run Fat boy Run or as stagnant as Paul or Burke and Hare. Actually, it's not very funny at all to start with. Well, it's a journey and if you decide to embark upon it you'll need to see it through to the end to decide if it was worthwhile. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is far from being a perfect movie but it's a solid, enthralling film that hints at the possibility of Crispian Mills becoming a very fine filmmaker indeed and a hero of the off-kilter cinephiles who are tired of Tim Burton's ever-downward spiral and in need of someone new to rely on for their fix of surrealism. Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    Simon Pegg stars as a neurotic writer who's afraid of everything, but particularly of laundrettes; when he has an important meeting he decides to face his fear and wash his socks. If this sounds like tough material to make a comedy out of, you'd be right, although the offbeat script does the best it can and ends up scoring a few laughs.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2014
    Maybe I'm more of a fan of Simon Pegg than I thought, because I thought this film was actually pretty good despite both the negative critical, and audience, reaction. Simon Pegg pretty much makes this movie, at least for me. I can certainly see how the film was negatively viewed, I do think the film does try many too many things, like you're watching 17 separate movies in one, and a lot of it does feel forced because of that. I do agree that the film could've been a little more tightening in the story department, you could've gotten rid of a lot of unnecessary elements and I think this would've vastly improved the final cut of the film. But I can't also blame the director(s), if you look on this here site, because the film is certainly ambitious enough that I think the film deserves a watch, even if all its ideas are cluttered and not expounded on in a proper way that makes sense. Flawed ambition is preferable to me. Even with that, I do think that Pegg's presence probably elevates a script that's all over the place and makes it, at the very least, entertaining to watch. The film very much feels, in the way it's shot and acted, like a dark fairy tale and that was the intention, I'm assuming. The film's visuals are solid and, again, give it that fairy tale look. There are some weird racist moments in the film that felt incredibly out of place with this story. I did like the main character's arc of finally overcoming and finally overcoming all his neuroses that were set in place when he was abandoned as a child by his mother. So I thought, at the very least, that part of the film was very good and Simon Pegg does a great job at portraying this paranoid man who thinks somebody is out to get him and how he, in his own mind, tries to connect a seemingly innocuous meeting with a Hollywood mogul that wants to buy his script to him being the relative of a Victorian-era serial killer. It's a shame the film couldn't find a consistent tone amid all the insanity it's offering, but thanks to Simon Pegg, the end result is an entertaining, but very flawed, film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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