Fever Pitch (2005)
USA / English
"A Comedy About The Game Of Love.
"Lindsay (Barrymore) is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben (Fallon) and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.
A Classic (and great!) Romantic Comedy
What I expected: A rather lame overly-stereotypical portrayal of a
sports-mad guy and an equally lame stereotypical portrayal of the gal
who likes him yet suffers while being second banana to his overly
zealous support for his favorite sports team.
What I got: An even-handed story where both guy and gal end up
admitting -- to themselves and each other -- that they each have
passions in their lives yet each can forgive the other to save the love
Sounds sappy but with the nonstop humor and terrific performances this
story works! Barrymore is classic Barrymore: that perfect blend of
sweet, strong, and adorable. We expect that from her and she delivered.
But Fallon is the nice surprise in this film. He brings to the role the
perfect blend of sports nut combined with the appreciation for the
normal things in life, like caring about kids and his girlfriend.
Fallon delivers his lines with subtle perfection. He can be caring
("You just ran across the field for me!") and in the same breath be
obliviously blinded by his love for the Red Sox ("How did the grass
feel? Kinda spongy?") at the same time. Fallon's portrayal "made" the
movie. Hopefully, this movie marks the beginning of a better film
career for Fallon, something beyond the over-the-top sophomoric humor
typical of SNL alums (i.e. Will Ferrell).
In short, a movie that could have fallen victim to stereotypical male
vs. female characters rose above that limitation and provided nonstop
spot-on humorous lines, most delivered with brilliant subtlety by
Hey, I saw this with my wife -- not a baseball fan -- and she loved it
as much as I did. It's neither a "Guy Flick" nor a "Chick Flick". It's
a terrific make-you-laugh flick. Go see it!
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