Fever Pitch (2005)

I recently just watched Fever Pitch for the second time in my life. As a fan of the New York Yankees, this is a movie that is hard to sit through knowing how it ties into one of the greatest moments in baseball history…for the wrong team. For those of you who don’t know this, the Boston Red Sox were “cursed” for 86 years, after selling their best player to the Yankees, the team that would go on to win the most championships out of any professional sports team ever. Generations of Red Sox fans would go on to suffer heart-break after heart-break which is showcased in Fever Pitch. Who ever came up with the concept of this movie really did their homework and made sure the average person would come to understand the heartbroken Red Sox fan, and how every April spring means new hope to the city of Boston. Realistically I would have cast someone else besides Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, but they do fit the characters they portray on the big screen. Sports has shaped my life as it is today. I used to live and die with the game, whether I was actually playing or watching on TV. My room was always posted with hockey posters, news paper clippings, and whatever else I could find to tape on my wall. My life was exactly like Fallon’s in the movie, except there was never a time when I had to choose between the game or a girl. Fever Pitch won’t score high on people’s list of baseball movies or romantic comedies because the chemistry isn’t there and some of the things in the movie are very unrealistic. No way would someone be able to hop the wall in center field and make to home plate without getting tackled by security. It’s moments like those that ruin the potential for a heartfelt comedy about a silly guy and his life routine, following his heart and soul as he struggles to cope with his team’s successes and failures. 3/10

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