For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Sports Themed Movies, here’s a review of Fever Pitch (2004) by me.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Matthew Simpson of Awesome Friday and we will be reviewing our favorite Best Picture Nominated Movies that didn’t win.
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“You love me enough to sell your tickets, I love you enough not to let you. What do you say we try to do all of it. Let’s try to jerk one out of the park.” – Lindsay Meeks
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (24 Mar 2006, DVD, Jan 2013, 30 Mar 2014, 26 Apr 2017 and 29 Apr 2022)
Link to original review – Here and Here
Brief Synopsis – An energetic high school teacher falls in love with an executive, but what will happen when she finds out that he is a lifelong Red Sox fan?
My Take on it – Who woulda thought that the Farrelly Brothers could make a rom-com about baseball work so well without the need to go too far over the top?
This is such an amazing film and it works on so many levels in order to keep the viewer interested.
Jimmy Fallon is perfectly cast in the lead role and the chemistry between him and Drew Barrymore is ecstatic throughout.
The film uses humor to keep things light even when they allude to much more dramatic and heavier themes throughout.
I love the way that this movie uses baseball as a metaphor for any kind of extracurricular activity that one might engage in in an intense way.
As an avid movie fan, I could relate to the way that the main character is so passionate about his hobby and the importance of having understanding people around is quite essential to help keep things going.
The story still follows the normal rom-com tropes, but the fact that the film was made as historical events were occurring helped change parts of the story that make it even more fascinating.
I cry every time I watch this movie especially during the climactic scene in Fenway Park at the end due largely to the believability of the love of these two characters in such a situation.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Opening Day sequence was filmed on 4 September 2004 with Stephen King throwing out the first pitch; the Red Sox lost that game, ending a ten-game winning streak and King was blamed for it in the Boston Globe. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (upgrade from original review)
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