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Movie review

Don't miss this 'Pitch'

By BILLY NORRIS
Published April 11, 2005


Movie: Fever Pitch

Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and some sensuality.

Summary: Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) has been a fanatical Boston Red Sox fan since he was a kid, when his uncle introduced him to the game. When his uncle died, he willed Ben his season tickets In the offseason, Ben begins a serious relationship with Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore), a highly successful businesswoman. What she doesn't know is that he's a rabid Sox fan. Ben reveals his obsession to Lindsey during spring training. Though she is optimistic and willing to compromise at first, she soon realizes that Ben's love for his season tickets outweighs his love for her. He must choose between his lifelong passion and the prospect of an abundant and happy life with Lindsey, who just can't handle his fanaticism.

My view: This is the latest offering from the notoriously distasteful Farrelly brothers. It is slightly more subdued than their past creations, and I enjoyed it much more than expected. Fallon is especially believable as a baseball superfan, and his chemistry with Barrymore was just right for this role. He was finally able to escape the Saturday Night Live label that usually follows him, leading to such disastrous outings as Taxi. Even with wisecracks at the expense of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the humor was gut-busting. I was quite pleasantly surprised: The story was well-told, especially taking into account that the crew had to rewrite nearly the entire ending when the Sox won the World Series last season. Actual footage from last year's American League Championship Series added to the believability of the story as well (after all, it is based on a true story involving a soccer fanatic).

Recommendations: Despite this being on the milder side of typical Farrelly brothers fare, the sexual content here is a bit heavy, so it is necessary to heed the rating. This will definitely be a popular choice with the teenage crowd and Red Sox fans alike. It's worth seeing, but probably not if you are a Yankees fan.

Grade: B

Billy Norris, 17, is in the 11th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

[Last modified April 8, 2005, 12:30:04]


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