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Sports Obssessed
written by talltale September 6, 2005 - 2:53 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The Farrelly Brothers' least shocking-funny movie so far but probably their sweetest, FEVER PITCH didn't rake in the moolah but may do better on video. It deserves to. Jimmy Fallon does penance for his stupid "Taxi," while Drew Barrymore comes through as loveable and a bit more intelligent than usual--thanks to some very good dialog and situations that bring out more of a mature adult than we've seen previously.

Even non-sports fans like me should find a lot to enjoy here because the movie addresses the question of why so many men get crazy where sports are concerned, putting them above family, friends, and even rudimentary self-interest. (There's one terrifically pointed line, uttered by a little league player, that nails this beautifully.) As usual, some of the humor fails or seems out of place (particularly against so much intelligence and charm). But there are more than enough fun and telling situations here to please the guys--and the gals.

The film, taken from a novel by Britisher Nick Hornsby, was made once previously (1997), starring Colin Firth, with a screenplay by Hornsby himself (the Farrelly version uses journeymen screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel). The original (with Firth's obsessed Brit football fan in place of Fallon's Red Sox crazy) never got much a release in this country (it's available on video). It was worth a watch, though. So's this one.


(Average 5.70)
37 Votes
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