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Fever Pitch
Review Review by Ross Anthony

"Fever Pitch" seems to me a clever title for a film about baseball and falling in love. However, the pace and over all drive of the film prove this title quite the misnomer. Instead of a resonating vibration, or a high intensity energy, "Fever Pitch" is a mellow, laid back kind of picture. And while it is pleasant enough, it seldom sparks hearty laughter or tugs too strongly on a heartstring.

Both leads deliver adequate performances in an average film, produced and directed with mediocre quality. That said, the central idea of the film is refreshing, curious and a strong basis for a romantic comedy. Basically, Jimmy Fallon plays a rock solid, die-hard, yes-obsessed Red Sox Fan. Other than that, supposedly, he's a fine enough, likeable enough, good looking enough guy for high-powered, success-minded, business beauty Drew Barrymore.

The basis for tension: Just how much can Barrymore accommodate Fallon's over-the-top need to be at EVERY Red Sox game, before she bursts?

While some attempts at the cute or funny fall flat, others really are either cute or funny or both. There's a very cheap shower room gag that busted my gut. Still, the film will more likely be remembered for the light romance than the comedy. Lastly, the plot flip flops once too many times.

Red Sox fans would probably find a way to appreciate more than me.

Interestingly enough, the picture was filmed at the famous Fenway Park in Boston while the Sox were playing. Here are some fun excerpts from the production notes: "Just when it seemed like the magic had reached its crescendo, the unthinkable occurred: The Red Sox started winning, making one of the most incredible comebacks in baseball history. In 2004, the Red Sox won the World Series. ... During production, the Farrellys set up two monitors while they worked, one that showed the scene they were filming, the other that televised the games. Red Sox Fever, already a contagious force on the set, became an epidemic. ... And suddenly, the original script ... had to go into rewrites. The Red Sox, the world's perennial underdogs, were going to the World Series."

This film screened at a Krikorian Theatre.


  • Fever Pitch. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon.
  • Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
  • Screenplay by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
  • Produced by Alan Greenspan, Gil Netter, Nancy Juvonen Bradley Thomas at 20th Fox.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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