Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly have helmed some disgusting and offensive movies (Kingpin; Me, Myself, and Irene; and There's Something about Mary), so in the case of Fever Pitch, the duo's latest endeavor, audiences may be surprised to find that the Farrelly brothers keep their gross-out antics to a minimum in exchange for a successful romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, and a baseball team.
Fever Pitch is loosely based on a story by author Nick Hornby (who also wrote the novel that inspired Hugh Grant's 2002 film, About a Boy). In Hornby's original, the main character is obsessed with soccer, but in Fever Pitch, the sport changes to baseball—and Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon), a man obsessed with the Boston Red Sox. When asked to place his life's priorities in order, Ben replies, "Red Sox … sex … and breathing!"
Ben's love for the Sox began one childhood day on a trip to Fenway Park with Uncle Carl, who introduced 8-year-old Ben (played by Jason Spevack, possibly the cutest child actor around) to the hometown team. But Uncle Carl, well aware of the miserable Sox history, warned, "Careful, kid. They'll break your heart." Even the narrator says Red Sox fans are in a league of their own as "one of God's most pathetic creatures." But, that doesn't stop loyal Sox fans from showing up at the park year after year in hopes of a championship.
For the most part, the world is right with Ben (minus the Curse of the Bambino). His apartment looks like a Red Sox gift shop, he inherited his Uncle Carl's season tickets, and Opening Day is just weeks away. Then, Ben takes some of his promising math students on a field trip and meets Lindsey Meeks (the ever-adorable Drew Barrymore), a "numbers" career woman with killer ...1
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