Faintheart (2008)




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A man who enjoys living in the past is having a hard time dealing with the present in this comedy from the UK. Richard (Eddie Marsan) spends his days dealing with cranky customers at a big-box home improvement store, but on weekends he becomes a fearsome Viking warrior with a local role-playing group called the Bloody Broadswords. Richard and his best friend Julian (Ewen Bremner) help the group recreate centuries-old battles with all the realism their limited finances can muster, but Richard's wife Cath (Jessica Hynes) has lost her patience with him spending so much time with the Broadswords and so little time around the house. Richard's son Martin (Joseph Hamilton) is also grown tired of being dragged along to mock battles that earn him the ridicule of his schoolmates, even if his almost girlfriend Emily (Chloe Hesar) approves. Eventually, Cath gives Richard his walking papers, and while he tries to win her back, the fact she soon starts dating Gary (Paul Nicholls), Martin's gym coach, suggests he has a tough battle ahead of him. Meanwhile, Julian is having better luck in his love life when his girlfriend Maggie (Bronagh Gallagher) asks him to move in with her, but Julian's mother isn't pleased to learn he's finally leaving home. Faintheart was directed by Vito Rocco and written by Rocco and David Lemon, who documented the production and sought input from film fans via the social networking internet site /MySpace.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Eddie Marsan
as Richard
Ewen Bremner
as Julian
Tim Healy
as Geoff
Anne Reid
as Barbara
Chloe Hesar
as Emily
Gary Sefton
as Vince
Sandra Voe
as Julian's Mother
Tom Smith
as Danny
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

It all feels very samey, the comic potential of the mock battles never approached with genuine enthusiasm but treated as a mere gag, and one which soon outstays its welcome. Amiable yet underwhelming.

Full Review… | January 22, 2009
Time Out
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It's tiresome in its own way.

Full Review… | January 27, 2009
Observer (UK)

What has emerged is an ordinary film that might have been made for television at any time in the past few decades.

Full Review… | January 27, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

The laughs come few and far between in a story as drab as the Northern skies under which it is set.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Empire Magazine

Put away your eight-sided dice and go seek this immensely likable, sparky little comedy about fantasy, reality and love conquering all.

Full Review… | January 22, 2009

Faintheart is a wild folly. It's a romantic comedy devised, directed, cast, and produced by the online members of MySpace. In this slender respect it's a genuine sensation. But it looks and feels as knock-kneed as the ingredients.

Full Review… | January 22, 2009

Audience Reviews for Faintheart

About as typical a brit romcom as they come, this just rises above the pack thanks to some genuinely funny moments performed by seasoned comedy performers (except Nicholls).

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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I LOVE me some movies about LARPig. This is about a group of guys who dress up like vikings and battle. The cool part about this one, over other kinds of LARP, is that they use real swords and shields. They're all pretty loser-y and have crap jobs, women problems, and no respect. They're big kids. One of them loses his wife and his kid hates him because of it, so he quits. 'But as soon as he gets out, they drag him back in'. It's a good movie. They all learn to be real men and get their lives in order. I was watching a LARP video one time and it was pretty funny. I was laughing my ass off. This kid in my school, Ernesto, said 'That's silly, people dressing up like that.' I looked over at his computer and he was looking at his facebook which was full of pictures of him at comicon in full Cosplay gear. I gave him so much shit. 'How are you gonna make fu of LARP when you dress up like an anime'... Whatev

John Trifiletti
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