PG-13 for crude and sexual
humor and some sensuality
Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore,
Willie Garson, Ione Skye, Lenny Clarke, Jack Kehler,
James B. Sikking, JoBeth Williams
Bobby Farrelly and Peter
Lowell Ganz and Babaloo
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Fever Pitch is another cute, mostly innocuous
comedy with Drew Barrymore. Saturday Night Live's Jimmy
Fallon stars as Ben, a school teacher who harbors a lifelong fixation
with the Boston Red Sox. Barrymore plays Lindsey, a straight-laced
professional who is great at her job but can’t find success
outside the office. Ben charms Lindsey, and their burgeoning relationship
is going perfectly – until baseball season starts.
Once the Red Sox take the field, Lindsey sees that Ben is utterly
obsessed with baseball. His apartment walls, telephone, shower
curtain, and even the silverware bare the Red Sox logo. Naturally,
he has season tickets, but baseball begins to distract Lindsey
from her work and then from her affection for Ben. It is almost
impossible for her to have a normal life with him due to his fixation.
Both of them see the value of compromise – one with baseball,
one with career – and the story plays out to a satisfyingly
romantic “Gift of the Magi”-style conclusion.
Fever Pitch is charming but goofy and peppered with
a few light sexual jokes, much like 2004’s 50 First
Dates with Barrymore and Adam Sandler. Fever Pitch,
however, has less sexual content. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore
don’t have the most convincing chemistry on screen, but
the audience can’t help but root for them to solve their
The worldview is muddled but technically humanist. Everyone lives
for their own reasons, often just for personal comfort. Nothing
about the movie’s premise is offensive or objectionable,
however. Many people will relate to the notion of getting carried
away or loving someone who is.
Behind the camera are the Farrelly Brothers, makers of There's
Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber. Although
those slapstick movies were imbued with some trace amount of genuine
emotion, the directing team seems out of their element here. Many
of the non-sequitur jokes feel forced, and the movie’s pacing
is very jerky with a couple of boring stretches.
Think twice before taking teenagers to see Fever Pitch,
because there are several sexual references and innuendos, plus
it is clear that Lindsey and Ben sleep together while dating.
In other words, Ben gets much further than first base with Lindsey,
but nothing is directly shown except for Ben and Lindsey lying
together and starting to take off their clothes in one scene.
Overall, Fever Pitch tries for “cute” and
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