Fever Pitch Blu-ray
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Directed by David Evans
Produced in 1997
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
An adaptation of Nick Hornby's bestselling novel that sets a romantic comedy against the backdrop of a nailbiting football season for Arsenal.
Schoolteacher Paul (Colin Firth) has one true passion - his beloved Arsenal. However, when he begins a relationship with Sarah (Ruth Gemmell), he has to confront the fact that there may be more to life than football - a revelation that risks remaining unheeded as the Gunners make a charge towards the 1989 League Championship.
Publisher: Film 4
Length: 97 mins
Cat No: F4BD50041
Format: Blu-ray Colour
by Howard Schumann on 18th March 2012
Fever Pitch may be somewhat predictable but it works, especially if you love baseball as I do, though Im not quite as obsessive as Ben Wrightman, a Boston schoolteache... Read on
Fever Pitch may be somewhat predictable but it works, especially if you love baseball as I do, though Im not quite as obsessive as Ben Wrightman, a Boston schoolteacher played by Saturday Night Live comedian Jimmy Fallon. Adapted from a novel by Nick Hornby Ben is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan whose Uncle gave him season tickets when he was seven years old and hes been kind of stuck emotionally at that point all of his life to the detriment of his relationships with women.
Ben is not just a fan but a fanatic who travels to Fort Meyers, Florida each winter for the Red Sox Spring Training games and never misses a home game during the regular season. His family does not consist of parents or siblings but the fellow groupies who attend each game with him and his bedroom is not a place to sleep but a Red Sox museum to visit.
When he falls for business consultant Lindsay Meeks (Drew Barrymore), he is threatened with the possibility of having to grow up but Ben is not quite ready to do that. He would rather attend the Yankee series than go with her to Baltimore to meet her parents or to go to Paris with her and miss the Anaheim series. It takes his relationship being on the verge of dissolving, for him to stop and think about his priorities, especially when a pint-size Dr. Phil wannabe asks him, You love the Red Sox, but have they ever loved you back?
While the premise of Fever Pitch is that some things are more important than baseball, you would never know it from the way things turn out. Of course, to any one familiar with the history of the Boston Red Sox, it is a team that will break the hearts of its most die hard fans -- but this is 2004, the year the Red Sox can move to a new level, Ben might just do the same. Fever Pitch is a joyous romp that is one of the most entertaining and uplifting films in many years.