The Perfect Catch

The Perfect Catch

Bobby Farrelly (2005)

99min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Like High Fidelity before it, Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch has been given a Hollywood makeover - this time courtesy of those champions of gross-out comedy, Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Hornby's autobiographical chronicle of an obsessive Arsenal fan is relocated to America, with baseball taking the place of football, as the story's protagonist obsesses over the fortunes of the Boston Red Sox. Jimmy Fallon is the maths teacher with the anorak and an apartment stuffed with memorabilia, while Drew Barrymore is the high-flying executive with whom he strikes up an unlikely romance. It's a variation on the old formula of love being threatened by a third party, though in this case the third party wears a pitcher's mitt. The Sox, like the film's hero, are perennial losers and had not won the World Series for more than 80 years. But, when the team came from behind to triumph in the 2004 season, it provided the film-makers with the sort of happy ending that would probably invite derision if the writers had made it up. The Farrellys rein in their usual excesses, but still manage to produce the laughs, albeit accompanied by a dose of terminal cuteness.

Summary

Unlikely couple Ben and Lindsey meet and fall in love over the winter. When summer brings a new baseball season, Lindsey discovers Ben's devotion to the Boston Red Sox baseball team knows no bounds - and suspects she will always come second. The Farrelly brothers' romantic comedy, starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, inspired by Nick Hornby's football-themed novel Fever Pitch, but with America's favourite sport replacing Britain's.

Cast & Crew

Lindsey Drew Barrymore
Ben Jimmy Fallon
Doug Meeks James B Sikking
Maureen Meeks JoBeth Williams
Kevin Willie Garson
Ben (1980) Jason Spevack
Al Jack Kehler
Artie Scott H Severance
Teresa Jessamy R Finet
Viv Maureen Keiller
Uncle Carl Lenny Clarke
Molly Ione Skye
Robin KaDee Strickland
Troy Evan Helmuth
Director Bobby Farrelly
Director Peter Farrelly
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 12 Aug 2005
Comedy Drama