My wife and I just saw Fever PItch in preview. Wow. I'd heard a lot about the film but didn't know what to expect. I'm not a huge fan ok, not really a fan at all of the Farelly brothers and didn't know how an American adaptation of the great Hornby novel would work. Jimmy Fallon hasn't ever given me reason to think he's very good and Drew Barrymore is fine. I have, however loved many of Ganz and Mandel's work. So, on this rainy Friday night my wife and I wanted a good movie date...or so we hoped.We got it. Here the are big points.First, it is funny. Fallon and <more>
Barrymore have surprising chemistry. They work. Who would have thunk it? They handle the initial awkwardness, the giddy first days of love, the emotional uncertainty of a blooming relationship, the trials of conflict and the peace of resolution. And they do it with humor. The beats are great and there are more than a few laugh out loud scenes.Second, romance and baseball work together. The sneak preview theater was packed and women and men were all laughing and applauding -- albeit sometimes at different things because Fever Pitch isn't just a romantic comedy about a man and a woman; Fever Pitch is also a romantic comedy about men and sports. I don't want to give away any lines but there are beautifully crafted and insightful lines about why a man loves sports so much.Third, it is not a Red Sox movie. The Red Sox provide the scenery and great scenery it is. They provide drama and humor and are simply a great character in this film. But they play a supporting role -- I wonder if you can nominate a team for a supporting actor role? -- and they play it well.Fourth, it is beautiful. The film is beautifully shot, deliciously edited with great cinematic witticisms look for a subtle and hysterical crotch shot of a famous statue and tenderly crafted. The directors love their subject -- love -- and treat it fairly.I'd write with more specifics but don't want to give away anything. Suffice it to say I loved the film and beg others to see it. You will love it too.
This movie was not only surprisingly heart warming but extremely funny. You can't help but tear up when you watch certain parts of this movie.Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon and this entire movie get an A+++ from me.It was sweet, funny and it was 10X better then I imagined it would be. This definitely isn't the type of movie that you are disappointed with when you leave the theater. The best parts are not just in the commercials and clips that are provided in Jimmy and Drew's interviews. The best parts are in the rest of the movie and in the little moments that we see Jimmy' and <more>
Drew's characters evolve. And not even just their characters but themselves as actors. Jimmy Fallon once known for just his comedy shows us a side here that we won't soon forget.There is GREAT promise for Jimmy Fallon. And I can't wait to see what's next.
Well as many IMDb users see me as the obsessed Drewbie wheel yes I am. This movie inspired me to become more obsessed and it was the best comedy ever! You want the goods check this out. I was touched when this was playing I felt the joy, laughter, drama, and yet no pain at all like most users said this film was bad. I think that they are so so so wrong.I would give this a 10/10 because Fallon and Drew were chemistry on this set and I saw the fun into the movie. This was non stop laughs and unbearable side cramps for the giggles. As people know Drew was on many shows to promote this and box <more>
office is quite well as she says. I know it is and you must see it!MPAA: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and sensuality
A different kind of Romantic Comedy (by americas_for_sale)
I went to see Fever Pitch with my Mom, and I can say that we both loved it. It wasn't the typical romantic comedy where someone is pining for the other, and blah blah blah... You weren't waiting for the climatic first kiss or for them to finally get together. It was more real, because you saw them through the relationship, rather than the whole movie be about them getting together. People could actually relate to the film, because it didn't seem like extraordinary circumstances, or impossible situations. It was really funny, and I think it was Jimmy Fallon's best performance. <more>
A Classic and great! Romantic Comedy (by scottdpearson)
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 they share.Sounds sappy but with the nonstop humor and terrific performances this story works! Barrymore is classic Barrymore: that perfect blend of <more>
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 Fallon.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!
One of the Best Romantic Comedies I've Seen For a While (by mrmikeneo)
Personally, it feels like it's been a good year or two since I've seen a romantic comedy that truly portrayed both subject matters this well. In fact, the only real romantic comedies I can remember right now are Stuck On You which was hilarious in some parts, but I don't think it can really be considered a romantic comedy , and Bruce Almighty, which was probably at or around the same notch as this. Fallon and Barrymore work together perfectly, and it managed to get big laughs from the whole theater throughout. There were some parts in the movie where it seemed to be moving a bit <more>
slow, which was my only real problem with it, but then again, if I look back at other great romantic comedies, the basic formula for this genre usually calls for a period of 'slowness' after tons of big laughs. All in all, I enjoyed this movie very much, and I must say, it was a great change-up after seeing Sin City another great movie yesterday. I strongly recommend it this movie, and, based on the general vibe in the theater, I believe that most everyone will agree with my analysis, unless they truly have no sense of humor.
"Fever Pitch" is a sweet and charming addition to the small genre of sports romances as date movies or movies a son could be willing to go to with his mother though the guys in the audience got noticeably restless during the romantic scenes .I have lived through a milder version of such a story, as my first exposure to baseball was dating my husband the spring after the Mets first World Series win and then I watched the Mets clinch their next one because I was the one still up in the wee hours with our two little sons, who have grown up to teach me more about baseball through our <more>
local neighborhood National League team's other heartbreaking failures to win it again and it was me who took our older son to his only Fenway Park game as I caught a bit of Red Sox fever as a graduate student in Boston .So compared to reality, the script believably creates two people with actual jobs. It is particularly impressive that Drew Barrymore's character is a substantive workaholic who has anti-Barbie skills, though she pretty much only visits with her three bland girlfriends during gym workouts that allow for much jiggling and the minor side stories with her parents don't completely work.It is even set up credibly how she meets Jimmy Fallon's math teacher and how she falls for his "winter guy" -- though it's surprising that his Red Sox paraphernalia filled apartment didn't tip her off to his Jekyll-and-Hyde "summer guy." Their relationship crisis during the baseball season is also played out in a refreshingly grown-up way, from efforts at compromise to her frank challenges to him, centered around that they are both facing thirty and single. Fallon surprisingly rises to his character's gradual emotional maturity.While the ending borrows heavily from O. Henry, the script writers did a yeoman job of quickly incorporating the Sox's incredible 2004 season into a revised story line with lots of cooperation from the Red Sox organization for filming at the stadium .The script goes out of its way to explain why Fallon doesn't have a Boston accent, as an immigrant from New Jersey, but that doesn't explain why his motley friends don't. The most authentic sounding Boston sounds come from most of his "summer family" of other season ticket holders, who kindly kibitz the basics of Sox lore to neophyte Barrymore and any such audience members .The song selection includes many Red Sox fans' favorites, from the opening notes of the classic "Dirty Water," though most are held to be heard over the closing credits as if you are listening to local radio and are worth sitting through to hear.
The movie shocked me. Personally i had herd mostly bad buzz. Well finally after owning the DVD for months now i pooped it in on a sleepless night. though the movie did drag the extra footage was used with purpose the seriousness of his passion and his recovery from addition to the game would have been less realistic if they had left out any scenes. The best thing about the movie is it's consistency with the relationship. There were no ex's popping up or characters threatening the relationship. I mean typically we see the girl meets boy by some amazing twist of fate,they date,something <more>
we saw coming breaks them up up and then they get back together in the last five minutes of the movie. but this movie did not follow that mold. We actually experienced the relationship and it's flaws and though the characters did have there moments of anti-love they did not have dramatic pauses were they went off and did a montage every 15 and then reunite in love again. i did not feel the movie was as predictable as the rest of the romance movies. The story was unique and truthful to reality in the way that i felt these people in the film were the most believable that i have seen in a romance film from modern times.And it did not hurt that all the baseball games were real and they were at the actual world series so fate kicked in a little there also. It's no "My fair lady" but it is a spirited and honest film. I'll simply say i like it.
Speaking as a die-hard Red Sox fan, I can say this is the movie I've waited for all my life. The Farrelly brothers document the historic 2004 season and incorporate it remarkably well into the storyline. However, anyone who enjoys baseball will enjoy this movie if you go into it expecting a fun, romantic comedy.Though its directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly, they did not write it. Therefore, do not expect "Dumb & Dumber" humor - but rather a clever, original comedy that is not over the top.Jimmy Fallon is perfectly cast, though you wouldn't necessarily label him the <more>
romantic lead. The disappointment was Drew Barrymore. You got the feeling that she was, well, bored. It didn't look like she was having fun - and that took away something I think.Otherwise, this is definitely something to check out. It is a far more intelligent movie than it lets on. The conversations that Jimmy Fallon's character has with his "Summer Family," for instance, are really well done.So check it out - unless you're a Yankee fan. If you're a Yankee fan, firstly I pity you, and secondly rent the film "Damned Yankees," you'll like it better.