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Fever Pitch

Starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon
Screenplay by Lowell Ganz & Babalo Mandel
Directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly

IN SHORT: A delightful Rom-Com, even for us New Yorkers. [Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and some sensuality. ]

Rom-Com being our contraction of Romantic Comedy, a genre which Fever Pitch knocks out of the ballpark to generate the first great dateflick of the season. That being said, this story could be written about any long suffering baseball fan and the blissfully unawares new girlfriend that is sucked into fanboy central. It's not though, since the fluke World Series Championship win by the Boston Red Sox last year all the closet BoSox fans in the biz are parading the colors and making deals and otherwise trying our New York born and bred patience.

This is the story of the single and just turned thirty hotshot business consultant named Lindsay Meeks (Drew Barrymore). Lindsay is anything but (meek) but with a string of blown up relationships littering her trail, she's beginning to wonder if she'll ever manage to meet Mr. Right. Failing that, she wonders what the heck she's been doing wrong for the past decade, but before things get too morose, in walks meek, mild-mannered math teacher Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon), with students in tow. It seems Ms. Meeks had promised to show how applied mathematics works in a business environment -- just go with it, the whole point is to set the pair up in a believeable manner -- and before long, our hero teacher is asking the higher powered exec out as a thank you.

It's wintertime, and there's nothing to do in Boston for the next six months but fall in love, which is all well and good for the first act. Then comes Spring Training and Lindsay's first exposure to the long term plight of the hapless Boston Red Sox fan. We'll note here that the setting of this film is back a year, just as the miracle season that put a championship trophy in Boston for the first time in 86 years begins. There's really not a lot more depth to it than the usual guy meets girl, girl loses guy, cursed baseball team wins impossibly and everybody kisses and makes up -- as mentioned above, Cranky watched the impossible happen with a Yankees cap on his head. We'll let the Boston fans enjoy their win and we'll let everybody else enjoy this light as a feather, and just as fun, movie.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Fever Pitch, he would have paid . . .


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