icon Film Profile: Faintheart - (2008)
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  • Director: Vito Rocco
  • Genre: Art House & International, Comedy,
  • Studio: Slingshot Productions
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 105 Mins

The result of a unique experiment, Faintheart was developed on the MySpace social networking website, with users chipping in ideas and jokes. It's therefore a little surprising that so many contributors could come up with so few laughs. The end result is a comedy about a loser called Richard (Eddie Marsan) who spends too much time dressing up as a Viking and re-enacting battles, and not enough time on his personal relationships. He may be dull, but Richard's still more of an attractive proposition than the flashy PE teacher (Paul Nicholls) who takes up with his wife (Jessica Hynes). The film plods along inoffensively and predictably, without inspiration or flair. Ewen Bremner does deliver a characteristically fine performance as Richard's Trekkie mate, but Anne Reid is wasted as his mother-in-law. Basically, the central premise - that nerds can be decent human beings - has been explored to better effect in countless more traditionally produced comedies.
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Cast List:
Richard : Eddie Marsan
Cath : Jessica Hynes
Julian : Ewen Bremner
Barbara : Anne Reid
Geoff : Tim Healy
Gary : Paul Nicholls
Martin : Joseph Hamilton
Maggie : Bronagh Gallagher
Alan : Kevin Eldon

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