For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Boston Films, here’s a review of Fever Pitch (2005) by me
Thanks again to Ryan of Ten Stars or Less for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Vern of the Video Vortex. We will be reviewing our favorite Graphic Novels that have been adapted for the screen.
The one caveat is that it has to be based on a book that has been published.
Example The Killing Joke would be acceptable because it’s based on an actual graphic novel. The Dark Knight would not because it’s based on characters and there was no book before the movie.
Here is what appears to be the official/unofficial list of film adaptations of Graphic Novels
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to Vernsworld@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Vern!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
[after seeing little Ben is liking the Red Sox after his first game] “Careful, kid. They’ll break your heart. ” – Uncle Carl
Number of Times Seen – between 5-10 times (24 Mar 2006, DVD, Jan 2013, 30 Mar 2014 and 26 Apr 2017)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A young executive falls for a charming school teacher who has an obsession with his favorite baseball team, the Red Sox.
My Take on it – I have loved this film ever since I first saw it more than a decade ago.
They are able to create such a great love story that revolves around baseball and what better town to do it in than Boston which for so many years was known as a city which was able to break so many hearts with it’s (almost) perfect baseball team.
As a fan of baseball, I can understand how one can get obsessed by the game and take it to another level (not necessarily as much as they do here) but still know how to keep things in perspective.
I have friends who are sports obsessed and I can’t quite grasp their enthusiasm but they also generally can’t grasp my thoughts on movies.
Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were perfect here together and they have such amazing chemistry together.
It is so easy to actually believe their love here especially in the final scene (which makes me cry every time) because it really breathes true love by the way the dialogue is so emotional.
This is such an entertaining film even for those who don’t really understand sports.
I’ve never seen the British film this movie is based on (also with the same name) and I wonder if I would like it as much as I love this film even if it is all about soccer (football) instead of baseball..
Bottom Line – Amazing rom-com that is able to keep things so entertaining. Barrymore and Fallon have unbelievable chemistry together and keep things so fun because they balance each other out so well. This is also a film where the love between the characters seems so real and it’s easy to think that they truly love one another. As a baseball fan myself, I can understand how Fallon’s character could get so wound up in such a hobby and it may seen extreme here yet it still is believable. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the flashback to the first game that Ben’s uncle took him to we see three actual former 1980 Red Sox players playing themselves. Two are very recognizable star players Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice. The other is Keith MacWhorter who only pitched one season in the majors. His career record was 0 wins and 3 losses in his 24 game career. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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I have to recuse myself on this one. A). I know Peter & Bobby Farrelly. Played on a writers’ softball team with them in LA and they had a character say my name in the zipper scene in “There’s Something About Mary” and B). I’m a lifelong Yankee fan. Peter & Bobby are (were) long suffering Red Sox fans (from Rhode Island) who had to rewrite the original ending of this movie when the Sox came back from 3-0 down in this series to win it. Watching that last game on film – and having to relive it again – made me sick to my stomach. This movie is nowhere near Oscar worthy in any way shape or form for me – but I have other issues than rating it purely as a movie.
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