March 3, 2005, 6:04 a.m. CST
...wasn't the best Farrely's movie - that was Kingpin - IMO they haven't bettered it... and if nobody has already claimed this cherry - first!____________ so is this Fever Pitch a remake or what?
March 3, 2005, 6:29 a.m. CST
them kooky farrelys
March 3, 2005, 6:41 a.m. CST
http://movies.apple.com/movies/fox/fever_pitch/fever_pitch_m480.mov On the other hand, I've seen great trailers and the movies themselves stunk, so maybe the opposite is true also--a bad trailer means a good film.
March 3, 2005, 6:50 a.m. CST
by Barney Hood
I was wondering - if you are familiar with the original you'll know it has quite a defining moment which revolves around teh Hilsborough (sp?) football disaster in the 80's where close to 100 fans were crushed to death in an overpacked stadium. Is a similar event featured in the movie, or was there a similar horrible event that this film focusses on which relates to the American sport? Rvd Barney Hood
March 3, 2005, 6:56 a.m. CST
What's that suppose to mean? I don't get it. They have decreased as artists since Dumb and Dumber which is their only real gem. From then on ... only downhill. Something about Mary was only so-so ... and don't let me get into their other shite. And WTF has happened to The Ringer? NOT EVEN A FRIGGIN RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED. I have lost all faith in the bros.
March 3, 2005, 7:09 a.m. CST
is cinematic herpes.
March 3, 2005, 7:09 a.m. CST
...that this is a remake of an autobiographical work, that changes all the details? It's like if they'd set "Ali" in an English country village, changed the sport to bowls, but kept the title and called it a remake...
March 3, 2005, 7:46 a.m. CST
Dumb and Dumber remains their only good piece of work.
March 3, 2005, 7:50 a.m. CST
by Barry Egan
But as an Elmore Leonard fan, "Be Cool" looked great on paper. Apparently it's horrible.
March 3, 2005, 7:51 a.m. CST
by Evil Chicken
The Farrellys, you say? I
March 3, 2005, 8:55 a.m. CST
by The Thinker
I'm really glad to hear that the Farrellys have another really good one coming out. Thing is, I don't really think they've made a bad movie yet. Everything they've done has been watchable and entertaining, but they seemed to be getting worse. I mean, 'Stuck On You' co-starred Cher playing herself. 'Dumb and Dumber' and 'Kingpin' are classics, but this new one sounds real good.
March 3, 2005, 9 a.m. CST
Hey, I'm all for a good comedy too - but there's more depth in a nursery rhyme. As a non-Red Sox fan I was more than a little thrilled when the Sox won the Series and Jimmy Fallon jumped on the field with Drew Barrymore to film the last elements of this film, amidst the celebration. I'm sure most Red Sox fans were suitably pissed.
March 3, 2005, 9:02 a.m. CST
KIngpin is much, much better, so is dumb and dumber. I can't believe that unfunny mary film is considered a comedy classic.
March 3, 2005, 9:10 a.m. CST
Not at the box office necessarily, but if it's about a passionate, long suffering fan like the book. It's coming out at a bad time for him being a Sox fan. As an audience, you won't relate to his pain as much with a win in October.
March 3, 2005, 9:15 a.m. CST
I would argue that High Fidelity was a more personal work of Hornby, 31 Songs was fantastic and showcased his love of music, and the American setting did not harm it at all. As long as it is made well I don't see it as being much of an issue, sometimes change can be great (red in Shawshank, or crappy, Renee in Cold Mountain). As long as the film is made well, and this review has me to believe it has I am all for it. Plus we already got the Arsenal version.
March 3, 2005, 9:20 a.m. CST
Nice article Mori. Any idea when you'll be able to post that Fountain set report?
March 3, 2005, 9:28 a.m. CST
A "pitch" is a foolball (soccer) field. The title is a pun. Baseball is played in a park... this makes no sense whatsoever...
March 3, 2005, 9:31 a.m. CST
by Maniac Cop
You maybe need to have a brother to enjoy Stuck On You, but it's their best movie. The Farrellys find the human potential of the gross-out genre they helped resurrect. Their work becomes more and more amazing just as people are losing interest in them. (Todd Phillips meanwhile gets acclaim for dishing out the same tired stuff.) They make some of the only comedies that you can hear question the genre's nature and motives. In this sense, the Farrellys are at a place that approaches what Spielberg and Joseph Kahn are doing--making pop movies so smart that the intelligentsia's only defense is to dismiss them as trivial.
March 3, 2005, 10:19 a.m. CST
"There's Something About Mary" is the most overrated comedy of the last two decades. I cannot fathom why so many people consider it a classic. As for "Fever Pitch", romantic comedies aren't really my bag, so who knows? BTW, "Dumb and Dumber" is the Farrelly's best. Always remember that.
March 3, 2005, 10:21 a.m. CST
by andrew coleman
The only "cursed" baseball team left
March 3, 2005, 10:34 a.m. CST
The guy that throws the little ball at the man with the stick is called the "pitcher." The little throwing action he does is called the "pitch." So the title still makes sense. Doesn't mean I'll be seeing this movie, though.
March 3, 2005, 11:11 a.m. CST
by Tar Heel
Major crush from "Say Anything." Even saw her in that crappy Medieval TV series that disappeared in the blink of an eye. We need a reteaming with her and John Cusack.
March 3, 2005, 11:21 a.m. CST
March 3, 2005, 11:46 a.m. CST
Just like The Perfect Storm was HUGE in Gloucester...OH WAIT. I live in Gloucester and everybody here fucking HATES that movie. They are collecting dust at the local blockbuster. I can't wait to see Jimmy effing Fallon doing a terrible Boston "accent"
March 3, 2005, 11:49 a.m. CST
...Drew Barrymore trying out for the cheerleader squad for the Patriots? 'Cause, you know, the championships fan bases sometimes butt heads in New England with the Dynasty vs. the End of the Curse vying for coverage. Cheerleader auditions begin on April 2 at Gillette Stadium, Drew. I wonder if the Farrelly Bros will be there to rush the field when the names of the women who made the cut are announced. This film better be all you say and more, Moriarty, because the on-field distraction of seeing Jimmy Fucking Fallon rush out there, in a moment of ultimate indescribable closure, was damn inexcusable. Know this.
March 3, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST
by Barry Egan
That would be pretty funny.
March 3, 2005, 12:01 p.m. CST
Dont watch movies with Drew Barrymore in them. About the title of the book and the pun....it works in America because of the pitcher. duh.
March 3, 2005, 12:20 p.m. CST
by Barry Egan
Plus, Springsteen was in it.
March 3, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST
by The Colonel
Before I start: Fallon is talentless. Fallon is annoying. Fallon sucks. He has no fans. No one likes him. Now, even regardless of all that, his role as a Red Sox fan when he is nothing but an artificial in this might not be offensive (he is, after all, "acting") EXCEPT for the fact that his pseudo-fandom has become a marketing point for the film. He's going around wearing Sox caps and Sox shirts and Fox puts him at Sox games and etc. There is nothing to support his fandom other than the fact that he played a Masshole on SNL. The dude is from BROOKLYN. He is NOT a Red Sox fan, and the fact that he is whoring out the movie while pretending to be one is horrifying. No, I don't the movie REQUIRES an actor that is a fan of the Sox (Affleck would be no better in this role, nor would Damon - well, Damon would be, just talent wise), but Fallon should not be PRETENDING OFF SET that he is a fan of the team. He ISN'T. It's marketing, and it's gross. No true Red Sox fan appreciates that, and if you have your ear to the ground in Boston, you probably know that Fallon and Drew's disgustingly opportunistic kiss ON THE FIELD after the Sox won the World Series INFURIATES most of the Boston Red Sox community. It was just false. Eerybody already hates Fallon because he has no talent, is a Sandler knockoff (and is nowhere near likeable endure shifting sports allegiances as Sandler - a NY fan but a New Englander - does in his films) and is incredibly annoying. Masquerading as a Red Sox fan and capitalizing on the most anticipated and dreamed for moment in Boston Sports Histroy just makes people hate him more. The Farrelly Brothers should have known better than to cast him in this. So no, Moriarty, Red Sox fans DON'T have to root for this film, and even if it is as good as you say (which I highly, HIGHLY doubt), I expect a significant backlash against it in New England and the rest of (God help me for using this term, but it's convenient shorthand) Red Sox Nation. FUCK FALLON. GO SOX!!!!!!!!!
March 3, 2005, 12:24 p.m. CST
the romantic element i the english film ruined it and detracts from the source material so why go and remake it and make that the focus again. the 'relationship' is with the gunners and the ways their underwhelming seasons are a disappointment and force hornby to question his love for them. he looks at tragedies that did happen with all the hooliganism and rivalries too and thats all the essence of fever pitch, conveying the build up, experience, end and void of the season among diehards. theres a large part about being a child and the memorabilia and what have you that is to be collected including the swapping of your pro-sets and what not and subbuteo too, is their a baseball equivilant to subbuteo? i dont know why the filmfour one had romance in it but it did show subbuteo and wrist scarves and collecting and stuff. this one wont, and so under the name fever pitch will let alot of people down. they should have made 'how to be good' instead.
March 3, 2005, 1:06 p.m. CST
But I can't remember the basis of my arguement. He's been in a couple of films where, out of the blue, wolverhampton wanderers are mentioned by the character he plays, Once or twice in Fever Pitch and some other films.
March 3, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST
by TV CASUALTY
As a Red Sox Fan, I'm interested and glad a movie was made that has them as part of the story. But the Fallon/Barrymore travesty that took place on the field after the final out in St. Louis in Game 4 is UNFOR-FUCKING-GIVABLE. And I HATE Jimmy Fallon, though I like Drew Barrymore, especially after Donnie Darko. This'll play in Boston for the same reason the NESN DVD is at the top of regional sales - we'll use any excuse to relive the world series. So yeah, I'll see it, but it'll take a seriously amazing comedy for me to ever overcome my disgust at their on-field antics and ever own it. As Bill Simmons said "YOU! Off the bandwagon! Right now! Seriously, pack your things and get off!"
March 3, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST
by Lou C.
I have no earthly idea how someone can seriously tell me "Mary" is not funny. Personally, I like most of their work, and I agree with others that "Stuck on You" is better than people think. As for The Colonel, I say this: Only a fucking Red Sox fan could find something to be pissed off about during the greatest moment in their team's history. You guys just have to be depressed, pissed off or complaining about something. Who gives a fuck that they went on the field? Really. You won the fucking world series , let it go. And i DO think the Sox winning hurts this movie. Wouldn't have been more resonant if Fallon's character has to deal with the inevitable disappointment at the end of the season, and Barrymore's character has to come to grips with the fact that each season could bring that disappointment? Works better (in theory) to me then the usual happy ending. Still, I hated the idea of this movie from watching the trailer, and moriarty's great review has me interested now. BTW Moriarty, THAT's the way you involve personal experiences in a review to bring home a point. THANK YOU. Now teach Harry how to do that.
March 3, 2005, 1:19 p.m. CST
Is because the closest any of us geeks get to it is when a girl laughs at us when we ask her out.
March 3, 2005, 1:40 p.m. CST
Probably will see it anyway. Even though my time studying relationships would be better spent trying to devise a way to get objects to travel faster than the speed of light.
March 3, 2005, 3:29 p.m. CST
Baseball may be played in a park, but a pitch is something DONE in baseball, by the, ahem, pitcher. So they picked an American sport where the pun still works.
March 3, 2005, 4:40 p.m. CST
I love the book and really like the original film. To me, changing it to baseball and the Red Sox just seems wrong. It might work. I want it too. But I still see too much of cocky Taxi Fallon and not enough of Almost Famous Fallon in the trailer. Here's hoping for a great, true to the book, future film adaptation of How To Be Good.
March 3, 2005, 4:42 p.m. CST
The original Fever Pitch is anything but a wonderful movie. It's 97 minutes of male wish fulfillment and suspended animation for an obsessed soccer fan that never grows, never learns anything, and manages to bag the woman who loves him for no good reason at all that's shown in the film. I have no doubt the story could be made into a resonant movie about a man failing to grow up and understand the world in terms other than the way it relates to football, but the Colin Firth film isn't it. It's a pretty dreadful, dull, and go-nowhere film.
March 3, 2005, 4:51 p.m. CST
... is still the greatest lead singer of all time. I know it's off topic, but Led Zeppelin rules.
March 3, 2005, 5 p.m. CST
He's just not much of an actor. He could never keep a straight face on SNL. Funny once or twice, annoying when it's practically every sketch. His song parodies are pretty entertaining, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't qualify anyone for leading man status; if it did, Weird Al would have more than UHF under his belt (though that movie is certainly entertaining). Other than that, my concerns are the same as everyone else: boring, unappealing trailer; unpleasant use of a historic baseball moment for a film; etc. Mori's review makes me more interested, but I still don't have any faith in this movie being more than sub-par.
March 3, 2005, 5:39 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
that's because we american sports fans don't crush each other to death by the boatloads and engage in general hooliganism. no, we instead provoke the players into running into the stands and starting fistfights. we wait for concerts by the who to crush one another.
March 3, 2005, 5:57 p.m. CST
Get your facts straight. To suggest that the disaster arose from hooliganism is an outrageous insult to the victims, their families and to the fans of Liverpool F.C. It was a terrible, terrible day that will haunt many British football fans and members of the public for the rest of their lives. If you lived here in England and were around when it happened you wouldn't be talking about it so flippantly.
March 3, 2005, 6:09 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
i was just pointing out that it's an "activity" many overseas football fans engage in, as opposed to most american sports fans.
March 3, 2005, 7:47 p.m. CST
It's so fucking nauseating when you bastards try and sound casual and informed with your Brit-references, but end up sounding completely inept. STOP.
March 3, 2005, 7:55 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
would that have been less pretentious?
March 3, 2005, 9:21 p.m. CST
It was an oversold stand that led to crushing.
March 3, 2005, 9:59 p.m. CST
Don't shit with us, Mori. I just gandered the trailer -- bad slapstick abounds (Barrymore takes a fastball to the face, and rather lamely, I might add), there is wall-to-wall hick-pop music, and I swear I spotted the Farrelly's crippled mailman in a Sox hat. All staples of the Farrellys are clearly present except for the retards, which I assume are being saved for the enjoyment of paying audiences. The trailer does not indicate a "HUGE" step forward; in fact, the casting of Drew "Emotivoid" Barrymore and Jimmy "I'm a gimpy chucklehead" Fallon insists it is a side step at best. These guys fell off my radar after "Mary."
March 3, 2005, 10:36 p.m. CST
by Evil Chicken
I humbly solicit the Academy on behalf of the comedy community (including but not limited too the Farrellys). It would be interesting to see a
March 4, 2005, 12:21 a.m. CST
is used in the book to illustrate the extent of fandom. even though its happened everyone went back and goes still (although we're all seater in most places now.) hmmm. the film really is going to be a similar theme to fever pitch but i m not sure it should be called that because its not the same obsession. i get that pitch baseball bla bla but still. Arsenal mean more than that as is conveyed in the book. ah well
March 4, 2005, 1:08 a.m. CST
the thought of that hack getting premium seats to all those games, and allowed on-field during the celebration is too fresh in our minds. not to mention making fun of new england culture while attempting to cash in on it.
March 4, 2005, 1:34 a.m. CST
New England Culture? Premium Seats at fenway? That must mean seats that aren't behind support poles. Get over it. The worst francise in sports history wins one for once, and it's like the second coming. The movie didn't tarnish the win. The last 86 years did.
March 4, 2005, 8:44 a.m. CST
horrible horrible sport , I really have to restrain myself from saying things like ' you worthless sad cunts ' when anyone talks about football . Terrible - overweight drunk people chanting and shouting insults at players cos they could do so much better . Pulling t shirts over their heads and running around making out like an overpaid adulturer kicking a leather ball full of air into a goal is really going to make a fuck of a difference to anything . Fuck them . Fuck them all and their stupid fucking film . Dis i say that out loud?
March 4, 2005, 8:45 a.m. CST
March 4, 2005, 9:28 a.m. CST
by Trevor Goodchild
Saw it on a plane coming home from California and wanted to the Jet to Nosedive into the Atlantic rather than watch one more scene with that creepy little bsain cut girlboyman. Horrible film. English people are not like that honest.
March 4, 2005, 10:40 a.m. CST
by TV CASUALTY
um, no, that'd be the Cubs. Poor bastards.
March 4, 2005, 12:04 p.m. CST
by The Colonel
Try the Clippers. Or the Saints. If you're talking SPORTS HISTORY, it ain't exclusive to baseball.
March 4, 2005, 9:21 p.m. CST
I don't know if I can actually watch this. I hate Jimmy Fallon - mostly because I don't think he's that funny, yet he's rich and I bet he gets all kinds of fantastic poon. And as for this movie, I like the concept, but I really have a hard time believing I'll like the leads. Drew Barrymore is mildly retarded and generally unfunny, yet for some unexpected reason I can totally see myself pounding back a martini and then having the best sex of my life with her. Weird, but I bet she's all kinds of fun in the bed.
March 4, 2005, 11:47 p.m. CST
And I pleasently see that two other talkbackers saw the same irony in this sentence we all saw in the evolving sensibility of another true artist. Ergo, be a JACKASS HACK OF A FILMMAKER and come to AICN, you'll be treated like ARTISTS! What's fucking next, THE SOUL WITHIN PAUL WS ANDERSON'S MORALE TALES? The captivating and everlasting enchantment of THE WAYAN BROTHERS? Get an EYE DOG you APES.
March 6, 2005, 4:25 p.m. CST
by Bill Maher
Since it's been changed from a gay sport like soccer to baseball, let me put this in baseball terms. It was made by the Farrelly Brothers, who are not funny -yet it claims to be a comedy... STRIKE ONE! It is a remake of a British film... STRIKE TWO! It has Ione Skye, yet she does NOT show her perfect tits in the film... STRIKE THREE! Drew Barrymore -YER OUTTA THERE! If you want comedy, watch Ali G. If you want a movie withe the same plot and real comedic actors, watch the limey original. And if you really want to see a smokin' Ione Skye and her breasts in their full glory, check out most of her other films: Rachel Papers, Gas-Food-Lodging, the first 10 minutes of that piece of shit Four Rooms, and most recently, Mascara. She is one hot broad and her cans are a national treasure. Stay as far the fuck away from the new Fever Pitch as is humanly possible.