Fever Pitch (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.


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17 April 2006 | jotix100
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| Take me out to the ball game!
The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, are at it again. With "Fever Pitch" the creators of other films that have dealt with a lot of gross themes, abandon that tactic when they decided to bring Nick Hornby's film to the screen, something that it would have been hard to do. The novel, of the same title, dealt with a man's obsession with soccer, since it is set in England, where that sport consumes most of British sports fans. It's to the credit of the writing team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandell, to transform the book into a language that would appeal to most Americans, when they make their hero, a Boston Red Sox fan.

"Fever Pitch" is a film that presents an obsessive fan, Ben Wrightly, whose life revolves into the Red Sox season, and who is an eighth grade teacher with uncanny ways for involving his students into the subject he tries to teach them. When Ben takes four of his best pupils for a tour of a local firm, he meets, and falls hopelessly in love with the brainy Lindsey Meeks, a young woman who is going places, but at thirty, has no life of her own.

The story follows the two lovers through the ritual of attending the Red Sox, at home games, in Fenway Park. This team's fans are probably the most loyal people in the world, having stuck with a team that does marvelous things but, until 2004, never won a World Series. In fact, the ending, from what we heard, had to be changed because that was the year in which they finally won the event that had eluded them for eighty six years! Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon are perfect as the couple at the center of the film. Ms. Barrymore is a natural who always surprises in her appearances in front of the camera. Jimmy Fallon, a popular television comedian, turned movie actor, has a better opportunity here than in his last appearance in "Taxi", in our humble opinion.

The Farrelly brothers film will satisfy their fans as well as baseball fans with this baseball tale.

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Trivia

Jimmy Fallon is actually a New York Yankees fan, born and raised in the state of New York (his character misses a Red Sox-Yankees game to attend a friend's birthday party), but was awarded honorary membership by Red Sox Nation (the collective name for Red Sox fans - colloquial before 2004 but more formalized since) following the film's release.


Quotes

Al: Eighty-six years of bangin' our heads against the big green wall, but we finally did it. That part you know. That part everybody knows. But I got a story you don't know. It's about this schoolteacher friend of mine named Ben.


Goofs

When it is opening day at Fenway they are playing the Texas Rangers but the announcer calls Rocco Baldelli to the plate. Baldelli was with the Texas Rangers at the time.


Crazy Credits

All the titles are done in the same lettering style as on Red Sox uniforms.


Alternate Versions

The DVD editon of the film dubbed the "Cursed Reversed Edition for Boston Red Sox fans" by Fox contains the alternate ending of the film that was actually shot during the 2004 playoffs and World Series. In the original ending of the film scripted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, "The Curse of the Bambino" dubbed by die hard Red Sox fans would have continued "if" the Yankees had beaten them in the playoffs. The Red Sox, who were down by three games, had come back and beaten the Yankees which was the first time a pro-sports team had ever come back from such a defeat and eventually won the World Series, sweeping the St.Louis Cardinals. The moment that it had happened, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in character, ran onto the field and celebrated with the team. This ending was edited in the film as a montage with narration by actor Jack Kehler.


Soundtracks

A Moment Like You
(2005)
Written by
Tom Wolfe
Performed by Buva

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,400,125 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$42,071,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,605,163

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