Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Fever Pitch 

I refuse to watch this movie. Just seeing the ads -- which appear to be run every 3 minutes -- makes me angry.

The book isn't about the stupid Red Sox, it is about Arsenal.

They took a good book, bastardized it by turning into a movie about whiny, narcissistic BoSox fans, and then put freaking Jimmy Fallon in it. Jimmy Fallon, who in the hierarchy of former SNL players is a lot closer to being on the Tim Kazurinsky/Joe Piscopo strata than even the Chris Farley/Rob Schneider strata.

The only way I could imagine this movie being worse is if they had cast Carrot Top as Terry Francona.

And to top it all off, my wife wants to go see it because she thinks she'll identify with the Drew Barrymore character.


I read Fever Pitch. It was plugged as a hilarious self-examination of the rabid sports fan by Lang Whitaker at his daily hoops column at Slamonline. Being a huge soccer fan who grew up watching PBS's Star Soccer every Sunday, it looked like a can't miss read.

Severely disappointing. Can't remember more than a coupla LOL's and little general amusement. I found his purported spunky fandom to be sort of sadly obsessive and self-indulgent. I'm a rabid sports fan who 'gets it' -> that sports is entertainment, a distraction whose purpose is to uplift and suspend the work-a-day worries. I found little joy in Fever Pitch.

The one redeeming value of the book for me was the historical travelogue it presented. I enjoyed the insight into England seen thru the eyes of a growing lad. The book fleshed out a lot of great English League players and teams that I've watched from afar since the mid-70's. It also revealed the rampant racism of the English soccer fans and had a different perspective on the 'hooligan' problems.

I really enjoyed the 'facts' I learned reading the book, but found the entertainment value [humor and fandom examination] that the book was billed under to be lacking. I came away with few laughs and little respect for the guy.

I liked Fever Pitch, but I didn't find it a funny book.

It was, to me, more of a character study, a look at the obsessiveness of the sports fan, rather than a comedy.

Much the same way that High Fidelity, while being a very funny book, is not really a comedy, but more a rumination on relationships and growing up.
I think I might pick up this book. I guess they can make any movie a chick flick these days. Re: Titanic.
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