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Even Simon Pegg can't save unfunny 'Fantastic Fear'

Simon Pegg struggles to keep his comic edge in the dreary "A Fantastic Fear of Everything."

Simon Pegg struggles to keep his comic edge in the dreary "A Fantastic Fear of Everything."

 
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Mini-review: 'A Fantastic Fear of Everything'

Simon Pegg is a very talented comic actor, but you would never guess that in this claustrophobic, strained stream-of-consciousness, sinking cinematic showboat.

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Pegg plays a former children's novelist-turned-crime novelist. Now obsessed with researching Victorian serial killers, Pegg's paranoid nut job prances in his undershorts while hiding out in his junked-up London apartment, holding a knife and waiting with Norman Bated breath for Jack the Ripper to arrive at his door.

Too late. The Ripper has already killed writer/director Crispin Mills' movie by surgically removing its wit and funny bone, leaving behind a thin and excruciating lengthy comic corpse that doesn't know Jack.

"A Fantastic Fear of Everything" opens at the Logan, Chicago. Rated R for language. 141 minutes. star

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