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Posted on 3/10/10 06:52 PM
Wow. A near perfect movie.
Robert Seigel (The Wrestler) and Patton Oswalt (funny) deliver a bleak, yellow, realistic depiction of the true American sports fan.
Me, I am not crazy about sports. Sure I love my Red Sox and Yank-ees suck, but I fully believe there is a person out there that is more dedicated to this idea than I am. That person is Patton's character, Paul. Paul is a guy who calls into sports talk radio at 1:00am post-game night to deliver his scathing remarks about the Philadelphia Eagles or to bestow praise upon his favorite New York Giants Quarterback, Quantrel Bishop.
Surprisingly, he's not a pastiche or stereotype. Paul is intelligent and funny as well as obsessed with Giants football. You may think he's ridiculous or disgusting at times, but Seigel goes to considerable lengths to use the other characters surrounding Paul to show us a character surrounded on all sides by rediculosity.
I wouldn't call Big Fan a date movie, but if you can withstand all the ugly in this film, you'll hopefully be able to appreciate a beautifully crafted story about obsession and artistic expression.