you come to the opening game with me?"
When Lindsey (Barrymore) meets Ben (Fallon) a relationship
forms over a romantic winter but as March comes around Ben reveals he has
something to tell Lindsey about his life. Since he was seven years old he
has had a passion for one thing that totally consumes his life during the
summer months. That passion is the Boston Red Sox and he plans his entire
life around the baseball season. At first Lindsey thinks this might be OK
because she is pushing for a promotion at work and will have to put in more
hours, so she can do this while Ben is at the game but as the season progresses
and their relationship starts to grow, difficulties start to arise.
Nick Hornby's best selling novel gets its second big screen
adaptation but can his book about a man obsessed with sport and how it affects
his relationship translate for an American audience?
Replacing the beautiful game of football (soccer for our American
friends) with baseball was probably the obvious choice for the film, especially
when the Boston Red Sox had the same type of history for not winning the
Championship/World Series as Arsenal Football Club had. The sports also
have the same obsessive fan base and also the same difficulty getting in
Fenway Park as it is getting into Highbury, so the translation could work
and the good news is that is does.
Whether you are a football or a baseball fan, watching the
sport you love can consume your life. You end up planning everything around
the fixtures, sometimes at the expense of other things but this, to you
is the most important thing. People who don't have this passion don't understand
and see this as a major obstacle to friendship and relationships. The original
novel by Nick Hornby was almost semi-autobiographical, becoming a bestseller
and a bible to both sport fans and their better halves. The reason for its
success is that is showed both sides of the problem and the difficulties
they can raise.
When you realise that this film is the latest movie from gross-out
comedy brothers Bobby and Peter Farrelly, you might start to expect something
different but this is a totally different kind of comedy for them. To be
fair, their shock value has diminished over the last few years (see 'Stuck
on You' and 'Shallow Hal') but this film has a more realistic and adult
theme to it. The brothers handle it very well and prove that they can deliver
another type of romantic comedy movie for a broader audience.
The brothers have gathered together a good cast to bring the
story to an American audience. Drew Barrymore is an expert in this genre
and as Lindsey she proves this again. When you need a strong female lead
in a film like this, Drew has got this down to a tee and you don't get much
better. Jimmy Fallon's profile seems to be getting bigger in Hollywood but
it's hard to see why. Another graduate of the hit TV show 'Saturday Night
Live' who is labelled for big things, he just doesn't have the same screen
presence or comedic skills as other SNL veterans like Will Farrell, Eddie
Murphy or Mike Myers but this could be due to the roles he has taken. The
jury is still out. The supporting cast is good however, with good performances
from Ione Skye, KaDee Strickland and Marissa Jaret Winokur as Lindsey.
'The Perfect Catch (Fever Pitch)' is a good Americanised adaptation
of a British novel. While it might not have the same impact outside of the
US as the Colin Firth film might have with football (soccer) as its subject,
it is the theme of the piece that makes the film a success and very watchable
for both the male and female viewers.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Commentary by Peter and Bobby Farrelly
The Farrelly brothers provide their usual commentary to their latest movie.
They offer you an insight into every single member of the cast, revealing
who they are and whose friend or relative they are. When they actually
get to talk about the movie, they do discuss the original novel and changing
the film from soccer to baseball. As with all Farrelly tracks, this is
funny but the constant nods to their friends and family as extras, is
a little annoying.
Deleted Scenes (18.04 mins)
Entitled 'Young Ben with Uncle Carl', 'Receptionist greets students',
'Lindsey shows off her Audi', 'Lindsey on the toilet', 'Lindsey and friends
at Lounge, 'Road trip', 'Lindsey and Ben in a sports bar', 'Lindsey takes
a bath', 'Ben wants a quickie', 'Ben and Lindsey in the airport', 'Ben
talks to Manny', 'Lindsey plays golf with Dad' and 'Ben talks to player's
bar', these deleted or extended scenes suffer from the lack of a commentary
track or an introduction.
Alternative Red Sox Ending (11.44 mins)
An extended version of the finale showing more of the Red Sox World Series
Gag Reel (5.43 mins)
See the many Jimmy Fallon adlibs, Drew Barrymore fluffing her lines and
the kids having fun on set
'Love Triangle' Internet featurette (2.10 mins)
Drew Barrymore talks about her part of Lindsey in the movie.
'Break the Curse' Internet featurette (2.42 mins)
Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, producer Bradley Thomas and stars
Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore talk about the Boston Red Sox actually
winning the World Series during the filming of the movie.
Featurette - Making a scene 'Fever Pitch' (8.02 mins)
Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, producers Bradley Thomas and Nancy
Juvonen, Red Sox players Johnny Damon, Kevin Youkilis and David Artiz
and stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore talk about the Boston baseball
team winning the World Series during the filming of the movie. We find
out how the script was changed to accommodate the win and how the cast
and crew actually filmed part of the movie during the final game of the
series when Boston won.
Theatrical Trailer (2.17 mins)
Watch the preview trailer for the movie
The DVD treatment of 'The Perfect Catch (Fever Pitch)' is pretty good.
The Farrelly commentary track is a little hit and miss but the featurette
about the actual Red Sox World Series win is a real highlight. Fans of
the movie should be please with this disc.
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