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Fever Pitch (2005)
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by Elaine Perrone

"Low-Grade Fever."
3 stars

Perhaps it's no coincidence that many of the actors in the decidedly generic rom-com Fever Pitch bear strong resemblances to other people. Jimmy Fallon could as easily have been replaced by one or the other of his look-alikes and fellow Saturday Night Live alumni, Mike Myers or Chris Kattan. Although I saw Marissa Jaret Winokur (who I keep finding myself calling “Melissa Joan”) on the stage version of Hairspray, I couldn't quite place her but kept thinking, "It’s not Rickie Lake, and not Kathy Najimy, but she sure looks like both of them." It wasn't until the credits rolled that I tipped to Ione Skye, who also niggled at my cranium as a young double for Amy Brenneman.

I may have to give the movie another look, just to see if I recognize JoBeth Williams, who looked familiar only because of her similarity to Colleen Camp and Katharine Ross. Oddly enough, I immediately recognized James B. Sikking, despite his character's being the movie's one deliberate camouflage.

Oh, and Drew Barrymore, whose character could just as well have been played by Sandra Bullock or Liv Tyler, was there, too.

The movie itself is a hybrid. Based upon a novel by Nick Hornsby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), which was originally set in the world of British footy (soccer), New Englanders Bobby and Peter Farrelly have relocated the action to Boston and the venue to Fenway Park 2004. Featuring cameos by Johnny Damon, Jason Veritek, and Trot Nixon, and clips of Red Sox regular season and post-season games – including one of Stephen King throwing the season-opening pitch – the “new” Fever Pitch tells the tale of Ben Wrightman (Fallon), a middle-school teacher and an obsessed Red Sox fan, and Lindsey Meeks (Barrymore), an up-and-coming executive on the fast track, and their humorous struggles trying to strike a balance between their relationship, her career, and his devotion to the sport and his team. Conceived with an ending in which the team that “always breaks your heart” loses the AL championship – as usual – to the Yankees, the Farrellys and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel retooled the last chapter after the Red Sox went on to capture their historic, heart-stopping come-from-behind World Series win.

The “new” Fever Pitch is also a remake of a 1997 adaptation starring Colin Firth. If George Lucas had adapted the novel this time around, Ben (called Paul in the original) could as readily have been a geeky Star Wars fan boy, and if the brothers had been named Wachowski instead of Farrelly, Ben would probably be worshiping at the shrine of some computer game superheroes instead of sitting in baseball’s temple of the Green Monster.

For all the interchangeability of its cast and storyline, there is still a lot of enjoyment to be found just basking in the lovely camera work of Matthew Leonetti. Filmed largely in Toronto, Fever Pitch boasts a number of breathtaking location shots of historic Boston, a city with which I personally have an intense love/hate relationship. (I love it on foot, but it vanquished me driving).

Pretty much getting by on looks alone, Fever Pitch is otherwise as disposable as the Yankees toilet paper said to be used by the movie’s rabid Red Sox fans.

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User Comments

4/02/12 Rose of Washington SQ Jimmy Fallon no longer appearing in films. THANK YOU! 2 stars
10/24/10 Frank Fontaine Fallon is unfunny & unlikable and Drew mumbles her way through another nice-girl role. Ugh. 1 stars
10/07/09 Kay D. I love Drew Barrymore, but you can't expect her to be very funny. Nice film still. 3 stars
8/31/09 Caro Adorable! I watched it 3 times already and didn't get bored at all..Very funny and original 5 stars
8/16/09 RLan This stunk! The British version of this film is far superior! 2 stars
11/25/08 Leo T cute movie...sappy, but still fun 4 stars
4/23/07 David Pollastrini Drew Barrymore is hot in this! 3 stars
12/04/06 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
5/21/06 Diane P just ok some funny parts but wouldn't pay to see it again 3 stars
3/06/06 Steven Lewis Jimmy Fallon just isn't funny. 2 stars
11/25/05 shell bell I thought this was suppose to be a comedy.... 2 stars
11/22/05 Melissa Cute, funny romantic! 4 stars
11/13/05 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
10/10/05 Tom Burns This was a really good romantic sports movies. 4 stars
9/20/05 Eric Fortune It wasn't bad. I enjoyed myself. 4 stars
9/19/05 ERIC ROBERT WILKINSON The Farrelly Brothers surprise with a sweet, funny, enjoyable romantic comedy! 4 stars
9/18/05 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
9/15/05 Jonathon Holmes a swing and a big miss for the Farrelly Bros. 1 stars
9/13/05 kaz likeable,average movie 3 stars
6/21/05 Manu Ginobli Woo! Celtic Pride & Fever Pitch! Hollywood loves Boston teams..too bad they both suck tho.. 1 stars
6/16/05 Britney Spears into pruning hooks Almost good enough to forgive Drew Barrymore for being Helen Zass -- ALMOST! 4 stars
6/12/05 Steph I loved this movie, my boyfriend and I laughed the whole time. 5 stars
6/07/05 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
4/17/05 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
4/14/05 Marilyn nothing to get excited about 3 stars
4/13/05 Kristina Williams Why is Jimmy Fallon famous? 1 stars
4/11/05 ray boring, not real, what was her job? math? ha ha ha! no relationship between viewers and cha 1 stars
4/09/05 mott the drupal lame baseball joke here 3 stars
4/08/05 Jin No way. 1 stars
4/08/05 hannaho Cute, but will it last a whole season? 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  08-Apr-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 13-Sep-2005

UK
  12-Aug-2005 (PG)

Australia
  08-Sep-2005 (M)




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