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Fever Pitch

The Farrelly brothers ("There's Something About Mary") soften their customary inclination toward gross-out humor with a tender and earnest adaptation of a novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity"). Avid sports fans will appreciate the all-engrossing passion that Ben (Jimmy Fallon) has for his local Boston Red Sox as he comes to realize that he must redirect some of that hardened loyalty to his newfound love Lindsey (Drew Barrymore). A school teacher by day, Ben lives for the annual baseball season when he can sit among his extended family at Fenway Park and cheer for the team that's given his life meaning since he was 11 years-old. As much as Lindsey admires Ben's youthful dedication to baseball, she wants more to be valued by the man she loves. Jimmy Fallon finally shows his big screen "stuff" alongside the well-matched Drew Barrymore in a crowd pleasing romantic comedy that's rooted in the love of the game. Special features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, a commentary track with Peter and Bobby Farrelly, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, Fox Movie Channel Presents "Making A Scene" and Spanish and French language options. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with sound quality presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. (Movie - Three Stars, DVD features - Four Stars) Rated PG-13, 103 mins. (20th Century Fox)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink