Baseball or Love? Tough Choice
Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore,
Willie Garson, Ione Skye, and
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual
humor, and some sensuality
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter
Executive Producer: Marc S. Fischer and Nick
Producer: Drew Barrymore, Alan
Greenspan, Gil Netter, Amanda
Posey, and Bradley Thomas
Writer: Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
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Peter Chernin, President/COO
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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 problems.
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 almost succeeds.
FEVER PITCH is charming but goofy, like last year’s 50 FIRST DATES but less bawdy. 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. Fallon and Barrymore don’t have the best chemistry, but the audience can’t help but root for them. The movie’s pacing is jerky with boring stretches. Overall, the movie tries for “cute” and almost succeeds.