Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) Reviews
September 28, 2014
Even though Fallon and Barrymore have some good alchemy on screen, this weird comedy from the Farrelly Brothers is quite not the Fever Pitch it aims to be. It's a little undercooked to really convince and feels like an average TV movie rather than something you would go watch at the movies. There was potential but as it is it's very light on the quality level.
September 26, 2014
Ryan (Brett Murphy): You love the Red Sox, but have they ever loved you back?
I wanted to like this especially since Drew Barrymore seems to have the rom-com market cornered. But alas, she has finally met her match; Jimmy Fallon is rom-com poison. No amount of cuteness from Barrymore could save this film; they had no chemistry what-so-ever, and how can they? Fallon barely had a pulse; talk about a dead-pan performance, emphasis on dead! It's too bad because the story was cute and idea was adorable but had they chosen a stronger male lead, one really capable of being charming and funny, this could have been another one of those sleeper faves from Barrymore's extensive rom-com library like: "Never Been Kissed" "50 First Dates" or "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" or "The Wedding Singer". But it's just D.O.A.
September 23, 2014
One of my all time favorite romantic comedies. Can watch this on repeat, never gets old and jokes still make me laugh!
August 5, 2012
My kind of a rom-com to enjoy that was well developed with a piece of the sports genre of a baseball film, and charming with the performances of Barrymore and Fallon bringing along some good humor. (B)
(Full review coming soon)
February 11, 2010
(First viewing - Late teen years)
January 18, 2007
I would file this movie under a guilty pleasure. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore have good chemistry together in the movie. The movie also has an interesting look at the fanatical sports fan. There are a couple of romantic film cliches but overall I would recommend this movie.
June 28, 2014
Might have appreciated this flick more if I had any interest in baseball. Just an okay romcom. Not really as great as this score.
November 23, 2009
As a red sox lover I am not the one to ask but but I thought it was a lot of fun
May 25, 2014
A terribly written film with terrible performances from two stars who have very little chemistry. What makes this an even bigger disappointment is that the premise calls for so much more than what is delivered.
April 13, 2013
Fever Pitch is a 2005 romantic sports comedy drama film directed and produced by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based upon the biographical novel and the original 1997 British screenplay written by executive producer Nick Hornby, produced by Drew Barrymore, and starring Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Kadee Strickland, Ione Skye, Marissa Jaret Winokur, JoBeth Wiliams, James B. Sikking, Jack Kehler, Lenny Clarke, Evan Helmuth, Willie Garson, Johnny Sneed, Miranda Black, Andrew Wilson, and Siobhan Fallon Logan.
Fever Pitch involves mathematics schoolteacher Ben Wrightman, played by Jimmy Fallon, who falls in love with business executive Lindsey Meeks, played by Drew Barrymore. Lindsey has always been dating sharp, competitive, successful men and she thinks dating someone like Ben would be a nice change. The two start a relationship and during spring, Lindsey discovers that Ben is a rabid fan of the Boston Red Sox, bordering on obsession. Lindsey becomes stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the team.
Now, I've never read Nick Hornby's novel, but I have seen the original 1997 film penned by Hornby, directed by David Evans, and starring Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell. I actually do enjoy that film. This American remake, however, is a better film in my opinion. For a romantic comedy, it does its job much better than most and it's actually a more believable portrayal of what a relationship is like. It's very even-handed in terms of the story, which focuses on two people who both confess that they each have passions in their lives yet each can forgive the other to save the love they share.
This is the most mature and serious film made by the Farrelly brothers, while still incorporating some of their trademark humor. For example, there's a scene where Ben's taking a shower while talking to his friends and one of them, a dentist, is shaving Ben's balls. Another example is during the surprisingly not-talked-about first date scene between Ben and Lindsey.
During their first date, Lindsey is pretty damn sick from food poisoning. She said that she ate at this new place. So I can assume she had lunch at that "new place" earlier during the day before the date. She dashes off to her bathroom and what a shock, she vomits. This is your first sign that you're watching a Farrelly brothers film. We even hear her telling her dog to go away and not eat something.
Guess what? The dog ate her puke. However, this gross-out humor isn't really played for laughs as much as this scene is important for both characters. It establishes Ben as a sweet, kind, awesome boyfriend and it shows Lindsey that there's more to her life than just her job. A complaint I hear about this scene is that it's creepy because Ben takes care of her, cleans up the vomit, takes off her dress and helps her put on pajamas, and stays over for the night.
I can understand why some would find that a bit creepy, but to me, the screenplay by Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (City Slickers, Night Shift, Splash, Parenthood) and the solid direction from the Farrelly brothers handles this scene in a way that it isn't creepy. Now, helping her put on pajamas and staying over for the night would be a bit much, but Lindsey did seem really out of it.
Also, to be fair, sleeping on the couch wouldn't be completely out of line. Because of the way Ben is as a person and because his intentions never came across as bad, it wasn't really creepy as much as it was surprisingly thoughtful. Instead of running away, Ben grew some balls and stuck around to take care of her. In fact, my wife (girlfriend at the time) had been as sick as she was once (it was a few years ago), and I grew some balls and took care of her.
Okay, so after that, Lindsey is blown away by Ben's ability to show a passionate commitment to something and they start their relationship. Ben shows her he's a rabid Red Sox fanboy. She tries to be a good sport about it, but unfortunately, Ben needs to make a choice: Lindsey or the team. Lindsey even invites Ben to go with her to Paris but he rejects the offer because the Sox are in the heat of the playoff race. Lindsey then tells him she might be pregnant, but later on, she gets her period.
Ben agrees to miss a game against of Yankees to go with Lindsey to her friend's Great Gatsby-themed birthday party. Then, later on, they have a great night of sex (Jimmy Fallon, you lucky son of a bitch), but then Ben finds out the game he missed was a historical moment in Red Sox history, causing Ben to be irate. This is what leads to the third act break-up.
However, Ben tries to reconcile, but Lindsey doesn't want to. Ben misses her and eventually feels her loss so deeply that he tries to sell his Red Sox season tickets. Lindsey finds out and tries to stop him, eventually succeeding...but not without getting past security. Lindsey tells Ben that what he feels for the Sox she feels for him and they get back together. The end.
Fever Pitch is a very well-written, humorous, heartfelt, and emotionally well-handled entry in the romantic comedy sub-genre. The dialogue is tight and sharp, it's very funny with non-stop humor, it's very well-acted, and perfectly directed by the Farrellys. It's also very good from a cinematographic perspective. This was a more realistic portrayal of love. It shows Ben and Lindsey through the relationship instead of having the whole film focus entirely on the two getting together. Nothing in this film felt overblown or extraordinary.
Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon are both perfectly casted as Lindsey and Ben. The two share very good chemistry with one another, and their characters didn't feel like actors playing characters, they felt like real people. Drew Barrymore is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in Hollywood and it shows in this movie. Jimmy Fallon was surprisingly great. He blends Ben's obsession with the Sox and appreciation for the normal things in life tremendously well. The film is also very well-shot by cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti, the soundtrack is just superb, and the score by Craig Armstrong is fantastic. I'm shocked the score hasn't been released on CD yet.
FINAL SCORE: 8.5/10
It's not entirely realistic nor is it a perfect film, but Fever Pitch is a good rom-com to watch. It's witty, well-paced, beautifully-scored, wonderfully acted, and cleverly written. A lot of effort was put into this and the filmmakers actually cared about what kind of story they were trying to tell. Even if you're not a rom-com fan, I really recommend giving this a watch. Trust me, this will wash the horrible taste of Nicholas Sparks bullshit and Stephenie Meyer acid sperm out of your mouth.
May 12, 2014
Being a huge baseball fan, thought I would've liked it better.
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May 7, 2014
Another rom-com starring drew barrymore, even more commercial than usual.
April 15, 2009
Definitely not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Fallon is obsessed with the Red Sox, but he falls in love. Ok movie.
October 1, 2006
Where "High Fidelity" did everything right with its' move from London to Chicago, this movie does everything wrong inserting Boston for North London & Baseball replacing Football (Soccer)...
"Yay, both games have the world PITCH..it'll be PERRRRFECT! - Some Studio Exec
April 26, 2014
I do not understand baseball
December 23, 2013
remake of a 1997 brit pic
December 7, 2013
This is a decent rom-com, but not one that I would watch again and again.
November 17, 2013
So delightful, that Drew Barrymore.
December 7, 2007
i'm a sucker for drew barrymore, one of my favourite actresses so i have to watch this one day!
June 15, 2010
It may not be as good as 'There's Something About Mary', but it's somewhat funny and it's perfect for Red Sox fans.