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Fever Pitch (2005)
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by EricDSnider

"Barely beats the throw at first for a single."
3 stars

The Farrelly Brothers allow themselves only one true Farrelly Brothers Moment in "Fever Pitch," and that is when a character's friends help him into the shower after a "lost weekend" and one of them begins attending far too zealously to the man's personal hygiene. Apart from that, it's a perfectly congenial PG sort of movie, exactly what 20th Century Fox wanted -- which means I should amend my lead to say that Fox allows the brothers only one true Farrelly Brothers Moment, not that they allow themselves. Had they been in charge, and not just directors-for-hire, surely they'd have been more outrageous.

Which isn't to say they'd necessarily have been funnier. The Farrellys, Bobby and Peter, remain lionized in some circles for "Dumb & Dumber" and in other circles for "There's Something About Mary," but both circles agree that their other output -- "Kingpin," "My, Myself & Irene," "Osmosis Jones," "Shallow Hal" and "Stuck on You" -- has been hit-or-miss. "Fever Pitch" was not even written by them, but by the predictable jokemeisters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (frequent writers for Billy Crystal, if that tells you anything), based very, very loosely on Nick Hornby's novel.

Consequently, it is a fairly average romantic comedy, complete with the third-act breakup, the montage of the main characters missing each other while a slow pop song plays on the soundtrack, and the reconciliation that occurs in a public place and inspires applause among the onlookers. That the cause for the breakup is the man's fanatic devotion to the Red Sox does not, in itself, make the film wackier, more inventive or funnier than its rom-com sisters, and neither the screenwriters nor the Farrellys do much to make it so. For the first time, that personal-hygiene moment aside, the Farrelly Brothers have contented themselves to make a very ordinary movie.

Jimmy Fallon, still an unproven commodity in movies, plays Ben, the Red Sox devotee. He is a high school geometry teacher for a few hours on weekdays, but mostly his vocation is attending Sox games at Fenway Park, or watching them on television when they are away. He has not missed an inning in 11 years, though he has been a fan for 23, which makes you wonder what happened 11 years ago to make him miss one.

His obsession with the team has gotten in the way of his previous relationships, which is why he is now 30 and still unattached. He meets Lindsey (Drew Barrymore), a high-powered, ultra-busy graphic designer who is charmed by Ben's non-hectic lifestyle and laid-back persona. Why, he doesn't even own a cell phone! They fall in love during the off-season, which means she is in for a rude awakening come opening day.

Oh, she tries to stick with it. She goes to games with him and meets the people with season tickets next to his, who comprise his second family. But sometimes she brings her laptop with her, 'cause, you know, she's so busy and stuff. And she doesn't really "get" why his loves the Red Sox so much, especially when they're always breaking his heart. He counters with the fact that, win or lose, they're always there for him. When he goes to Fenway Park, the Sox always show up, too.

I am no fan of Barrymore and her brand of forced whimsy and adorability, and Fallon is not what you'd call an "actor" so much as he is a sketch performer who giggles a lot. But they have a certain charm together, one of the few rom-com pairs who actually seem like a real couple. The movie -- often amusing, occasionally funny -- rides on their friendly shoulders well enough to be, if nowhere near a homerun, at least a respectable single.

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User Comments

4/02/12 Rose of Washington SQ Jimmy Fallon no longer appearing in films. THANK YOU! 2 stars
10/25/10 Frank Fontaine Fallon is unfunny & unlikable and Drew mumbles her way through another nice-girl role. Ugh. 1 stars
10/08/09 Kay D. I love Drew Barrymore, but you can't expect her to be very funny. Nice film still. 3 stars
9/01/09 Caro Adorable! I watched it 3 times already and didn't get bored at all..Very funny and original 5 stars
8/17/09 RLan This stunk! The British version of this film is far superior! 2 stars
11/26/08 Leo T cute movie...sappy, but still fun 4 stars
4/24/07 David Pollastrini Drew Barrymore is hot in this! 3 stars
12/05/06 Stanley Thai A great film about two different people who fall in love with each other. Funny film. 4 stars
10/21/06 Tanya Grays It was better than I expected 4 stars
5/22/06 Diane P just ok some funny parts but wouldn't pay to see it again 3 stars
3/07/06 Steven Lewis Jimmy Fallon just isn't funny. 2 stars
11/26/05 shell bell I thought this was suppose to be a comedy.... 2 stars
11/23/05 Melissa Cute, funny romantic! 4 stars
11/14/05 Krisan Very funny, but not the best i have seen from barrymore 4 stars
10/12/05 eddiejohns It's a tolerable first date movie, but I liked it more for the Sox exposure! 3 stars
10/11/05 Tom Burns This was a really good romantic sports movies. 4 stars
9/21/05 Eric Fortune It wasn't bad. I enjoyed myself. 4 stars
9/20/05 ERIC ROBERT WILKINSON The Farrelly Brothers surprise with a sweet, funny, enjoyable romantic comedy! 4 stars
9/19/05 Glennyce Paetzmann So bad. Sooooo baaaaaad. 1 stars
9/17/05 Sir spam-a-lot decent (especially if you know or are a fanatic of any sport) - original was good too 4 stars
9/16/05 Jonathon Holmes a swing and a big miss for the Farrelly Bros. 1 stars
9/14/05 kaz likeable,average movie 3 stars
6/22/05 Manu Ginobli Woo! Celtic Pride & Fever Pitch! Hollywood loves Boston teams..too bad they both suck tho.. 1 stars
6/17/05 Britney Spears into pruning hooks Almost good enough to forgive Drew Barrymore for being Helen Zass -- ALMOST! 4 stars
6/13/05 Steph I loved this movie, my boyfriend and I laughed the whole time. 5 stars
6/08/05 Heather I Loved this Movie!! It was filmed during the acttual Red Sox victory!! How cool is that!!! 5 stars
4/25/05 Jeff Anderson Funny & sweet with delightful performances by Barrymore & Fallon. WELCOME BACK IONE SKYE!!! 5 stars
4/20/05 Krisan Graves i liked it 4 stars
4/18/05 Lord Jiggy Any rom com requires suspension of disbeleif...nice look at wanting to make love work. 4 stars
4/16/05 johnny what crap. The Fallon gag is funny for a 3 minute skit. That's all. Strike 3. 1 stars
4/15/05 Marilyn nothing to get excited about 3 stars
4/13/05 Kristina Williams Why is Jimmy Fallon famous? 1 stars
4/12/05 ray boring, not real, what was her job? math? ha ha ha! no relationship between viewers and cha 1 stars
4/10/05 mott the drupal lame baseball joke here 3 stars
4/09/05 Jin No way. 1 stars
4/09/05 hannaho Cute, but will it last a whole season? 3 stars
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