I've seen almost all of the Farrelly brothers' films and I have to say that "Fever Pitch" falls shorter than all of them. But don't get me wrong, "Fever Pitch" is sufficient as a feel good, silly romance/comedy. It drew quite a few laughs from me while I was watching it. I watched it alone because my wife thought it would be "just another baseball movie." It isn't just another baseball movie, however, it leans more toward the romantic side of comedy.
The story revolves around Jimmy Fallon's character who is probably one of the most fanatical Boston Red Sox fans you could ever find. He's a schoolteacher who falls for number-crunching Drew Barrymore. They quickly fall for one another and Barrymore thinks it's cute when Fallon takes a knee and asks her to go to opening day with him. She then quickly realizes just how fanatical Fallon is and the whole thing begins to affect their lovelife, her job, and her social life. Eventually Fallon has to decide between Barrymore and the Red Sox.
As always, Barrymore pulls her character off with style. I still don't get what's so special about Fallon. To me, he's just a second-rate Adam Sandler. In fact, this film would have probably been funnier had Sandler taken the reins as the Sox fan. Their are plenty of cameos on and off of the field, from modern day sluggers to old-timers.
You don't have to enjoy baseball to like this film. For that matter, you don't have to enjoy romantic comedies to enjoy this either. It has just the right amount of both in it to keep most viewers occupied. Also, this is based on Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch" about a crazed football(soccer to us across the pond) fan. This was adapted to film with the same title and Colin Firth as Fallon's character. I haven't seen that version, but I'd love to since I really enjoy Firth's work.
In closing, if you enjoy comedies with either romance OR baseball as a backdrop, you should take a gander at this film. It isn't the best comedy out there, and nowhere near the best Farrelly flick around, but it is sufficient for a lazy afternoon with you wife or girlfriend.
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The Farrelly brothers continue their good-natured winning streak withFever Pitch, a romantic comedy charmed by fate and last-minute improvisation. The movie was originally written with a bittersweet ending, but something unexpected happened (kismet, or perhaps divine intervention?) when the Boston Red Sox scored miraculous victories in the 2004 playoffs and World Series, and Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were there, in character, to celebrate love and baseball as a pair of amiable lovers who learn to share their lives while accommodating Fallon's life-long passion for the Red Sox. You really have to love baseball to forgive the formulaic romance by veteran Hollywood screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (who also wroteA League of Their Own, and could write this stuff in their sleep), but the codirecting Farrellys make it work, along with the easygoing chemistry of Barrymore and Fallon. The movie bears little resemblance to Nick Hornby's source novel (which was more faithfully adapted as a1997 British comedystarring Colin Firth), but anyone who enjoyedHigh FidelityorAbout a Boywill recognize Hornby's keen understanding of men and women, and the hazards we all endure when playing the game of love.--Jeff Shannon