Director: Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon
RunTime: 1 hr 43 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day : 1 September 2005
(Drew Barrymore) is an ambitious business consultant, approaching
“twenty-ten”, whose spirit is as luminous as her
beauty. High-school teacher Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is a good catch.
He’s charming, funny and great with kids, but has a
small… income. Sure, they have their differences. She’s
a workaholic; he loves his summers off, but when they first
meet, and despite their differences, their attraction is immediate
and true love overcomes all. Everything is wonderful, and
Ben seems to be the man of her dreams, until Lindsey discovers
what a 23 year long obsession with his favorite team really
means. Together they must decide if they will strike out or
fight to keep love alive through overtime.
Lindsey Meeks is a career woman who has almost everything
going for her - sassy, successful, and on the brink of promotion.
However she's never lucky with men she met, especially if
they're of the competitive kind, which are often the kind
of men in her high-flying life. She laments her lack of suitors
to her group of friends, yes, successful people do have their
problems in the love department too.
is a popular mathematics teacher who connects with his students
with ease, given his laid-back nature. And this nature makes
him extremely attractive to ladies - witty yet tender, goofy
yet mature. He'll tuck you into bed when you're suffering
from a bad stomach, and clean your flat while waiting for
you to wake up and feel better.
a disastrous first date, they seem to hit it off perfectly.
Boy and girl meet by chance, boy and girl fall in love, but
girl's friends seem apprehensive. How can an adorable man
that great be single all this while?
it's no secret that Ben, in certain ways, is a "schizophrenic".
During the baseball off-season, he's "Winter Ben",
sugar and spice and all things nice. But come baseball season,
he has only one passion, and that is his love and fanatical
support for the Boston Red Sox. He lives, breathes and eats
the Red Sox (check out his room decor), brings along friends
games, and even has a surrogate family of sorts with equally
fanatical spectators in the stadium. It is his passion for
the sport that makes his ex-partners say goodbye as they deemed
it as neglect.
is a story about love, set uniquely against the backdrop of
a Red Sox season, with inter-titles (styled in Red Sox's font)
separating time. The love life between Lindsey and Ben parallels
the ups and downs of the Red Sox's form - when love runs aground,
the Sox loses, and vice versa. It's also about the sacrifice
that exist in any relationship, of unhappy struggles, of compromise,
that a win-win situation might not always be possible. This
movie has many
moments that makes you ponder about these themes.
loosely on an autobiography of the same title (this film's
called Fever Pitch in the US) by writer Nick Hornby (About
a Boy, High Fidelity), it was previously adapted in the UK
in 1997, set against the popular sport soccer (the English
Premier League), and instead of the Red Sox, the protagonist
was a supporter of the Gunners, Arsenal (the team I support
till this day by the way). There's a burning question which
was asked in the film, that applies to all sports fanatics
in a similar situation of facing a conflict of time and attention
between your significant other and the team you support. You
know your team, but does you team know you? At the end of
the day, if you're forced to a corner, you have to seriously
evaluate what really matters.
are a hosts of minor characters in this movie, like parents,
colleagues and friends, but it is really the characterization
of Drew Barrymore as Lindsey, and Jimmy Fallon as Ben, which
endears the show to the audience. Their chemistry is magical,
they look really
wonderful together and very believable as an on-screen couple.
It seems that producer-actress Barrymore is becoming very
comfortable in the romance comedy genre, and the pairing with
Saturday Night Live veteran Fallon may prove to be as successful
as her pairing with Adam Sandler.
it is a romantic comedy directed by the Farrelly Brothers
(Shallow Hal, There's Something about Mary), there's a departure
from the signature slapstick toilet humour that we've grown
accustomed with in a Farrelly Bros movie.
said, the storyline's pretty familiar territory to some, given
it's an adaptation and remake of a book and movie respectively.
Fact is, you can actually substitute baseball, or soccer,
with any other spectator team sports, and the spirit of the
movie will still be captured. However, the delivery by the
stars make it refreshing, and it works out as an enjoyable
date movie. Local Red Sox fans will of course, take a natural
liking to this film.
enjoyable, though cliched, date movie that explores love,
sacrifice and compromise in
parallel with the backdrop of a baseball season)
by Stefan Shih