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Fever Pitch

Promotional poster for Fever Pitch
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Produced by Amanda Posey
Alan Greenspan
Gil Netter
Drew Barrymore
Nancy Juvonen
Bradley Thomas
Written by Novel:
Nick Hornby
Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel
Starring Drew Barrymore
Jimmy Fallon
Music by Craig Armstrong
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Editing by Alan Baumgarten
Studio Flower Films
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) April 8, 2005
Running time 103 min
Language English
Budget $30 million
Gross revenue $50 million

Fever Pitch, which was released as The Perfect Catch outside of the United States and Canada, is a Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film. It is a remake of a 1997 British film of the same name. Both films are loosely based on the Nick Hornby book of the same name, a best-selling memoir in the United Kingdom. Hornby also wrote the screenplay for the original film, but had no input for the American remake. While both the book and the original 1997 film are about football (called "soccer" in the United States), this version, aimed at the US market, is about baseball. Both Fever Pitch films feature dramatic or unexpected sporting victories, the original focusing on Arsenal's last minute League title win in 1989, and the remake on Boston Red Sox's 2004 World Series. The film opened in theatres on April 8, 2005.



The movie begins with Ben Wrightman as a 7 year old going to a Red Sox game with his Uncle Carl. His uncle treated him like a son because he had no kids of his own. The opening narrative explains that ever since that day, Ben became a die-hard Red Sox fan. Just about everything he owns bears the Red Sox name, emblem or the image of a Red Sox player (with the exception of his toilet paper, which bears the New York Yankees insignia). Ben inherited his uncle's season tickets when he died. The story picks up 23 years later with Ben (Jimmy Fallon) as a school teacher who is still rather immature for his age. He meets Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore), a professionally successful workaholic executive. Overcoming her initial hesitance, she becomes attracted to him because of his ability to show a passionate commitment to something. That spring, he later pretends he is proposing to her, but instead asks her to the Red Sox home opener. Lindsey attends, but not being a baseball or Red Sox fan, she knows nothing about the Curse of the Bambino or even how to pronounce the name Yastrzemski. The two continue to attend the games together until one summer night when Lindsey attempts to catch up on work by taking her laptop to the game. Not paying attention to the game, she is knocked out by a line drive foul ball by then Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada off Mike Myers. She eventually recovers, but stops going to the games.

Things take a turn for the worse when Lindsey invites Ben to go with her to Paris and he rejects the offer because the Red Sox are in the heat of the playoff race. Before leaving for Paris, she tells Ben she is "late" and may be pregnant with his child. Lindsey starts to become fed up with Ben's obsession with the Red Sox. Ben agrees to miss a game against the Yankees in order to go with Lindsey to her friend's birthday party. Ben and Lindsey have a wonderful time together, and after a little bit of amazing sex, he tells her it was one of the best nights of his life. Moments later, Ben receives a call from his ecstatic friend Troy who informs him that the Red Sox overcame a seven run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in team history. Ben becomes irate that he missed such an historic Red Sox moment, greatly hurting Lindsey's feelings. After Lindsey miserably declares he has broken her heart, he and Lindsey separate for awhile.

Ben soon misses Lindsey, and visits her in a futile attempt to reconcile. He eventually feels her loss so deeply that he plans to sell his season tickets in order to prove that she means more to him than the Red Sox. Lindsey finds out about his plan during the celebration for her much-anticipated promotion. Immediately leaving the celebration, she rushes to the ballpark to try and stop him. She gets in during the 8th inning of the Red Sox - Yankees playoff game when the Sox are just 3 outs away from being swept. Ben is actually in the process of signing a contract with the prospective ticket-buyer as they sit in the stands. Because she is unable to reach Ben from her section in Fenway Park in time to stop him from signing the contract, she illegally runs across the field, deftly avoiding security personnel as she eventually reaches him. She explains that if he loves her enough to sell his seats, then she loves him enough not to allow him to do so. The two reunite and kiss in front of the entire crowd before she is thrown out.

The movie ends with a narrative explaining how the Red Sox won that game, then beat the Yankees three more times for the pennant, later sweeping St. Louis Cardinals in for their first World Series title in 86 years. Ben and Lindsay get married. She gets pregnant but the movie ends with a narrative explaining that the baby will be named after one of the players. The original plot had assumed the Sox would lose in the playoffs, however when they kept winning in 2004, the ending had to be rewritten and additional scenes were shot in St. Louis, Missouri.


Actor Role
Drew Barrymore Lindsey Meeks
Jimmy Fallon Ben Wrightman
Jason Spevack Ben in 1980
Jack Kehler Al
Scott Severance Artie
Jessamy Finet Theresa
Maureen Keiller Viv
Lenny Clarke Uncle Carl
Ione Skye Molly
KaDee Strickland Robin
Marissa Jaret Winokur Sarah
Evan Helmuth Troy
Brandon Craggs Casey
Brett Murphy Ryan
Danielle Letendre Audrey
JoBeth Williams Maureen Meeks

Critical and commercial reception

The movie has a 63% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 56 from Metacritic.[1][2] Popular sportswriter (and passionate Red Sox fan) Bill Simmons has been particularly critical of the film, even dedicating one of his columns to criticizing it.[3] Among his complaints: the movie paints a stereotypical and untrue picture of pessimistic Red Sox fans (he claims that few fans believe in the Curse of the Bambino, and that having characters talk about it ruins the film's credibility) and that filming on the field during the post-World Series celebration shows a lack of respect by the directors.

From a cinematographic and literary perspective, the film received some favorable criticism from experts Roger Ebert[4] and James Berardinelli.[5]

Fever Pitch was a commercial success in theatres.[6] The film opened at #3 and grossed $12.4 million in its opening weekend.[6] The final domestic gross of the film was just over $42 million dollars, and the worldwide gross was just over $50 million.[7]


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