Bobby and Peter Farrelly
FEVER PITCH isn’t nearly as horrible as I thought it was going to be, but it isn’t good either. It just sort of sits there and wastes away like a rotting donkey carcass (yes, that was the best analogy I could think of). The romance is blasé, the comedy is mediocre, the acting is sub par, and the plot is, in my opinion, incredibly uninteresting (the book is probably better, though I’m not positive). Huge sport fans may get a kick out of it, but hey – it’s Jimmy Fallon playing that part. I mean, I don’t think many people actually want to compare themselves to that guy. I don’t put full blame on Fallon though (just most of it), seeing as how Barrymore doesn’t really impress either. Then again, both their characters are pretty lame too. However, their chemistry together is a little surprising, seeing as how they sort of work as a couple. Not entirely, but sort of. And in this movie, “sort of” is as good as it gets.
Maybe I’m being a little harsh. I mean, I was never really bored while watching, and I did laugh out loud a few times, so I guess that’s saying something. Hmmm... that’s really all I can find to praise actually. I guess the movie does suck. Maybe it has to do with my former biases though, since I’m not really that big of a sports fanatic, nor do I think watching a baseball game even slightly resembles “fun”. That, and I find Jimmy Fallon to be an amazingly shitty actor. Ah, well, that’s not really a bias though; it’s fact.
Commentary (with Bobby and Peter Farrelly): From past experiences, I’ve learned to steer away from Farrelly commentaries, seeing as they spend most of their time pointing out all their personal friends and such. They still do it here, but not as much. They also spill some juicy tidbits on filmmaking, location shooting, and more.
Deleted Scenes (17:51): There are 13 scenes. There’s some nice cutesy stuff with the young Ben, as well as more semi-funny excess footage. If you liked the movie, check this out.
Gag Reel (5:59): A fairly humorous collection of funny crack-ups, mostly involving Fallon and Barrymore.
”Love Triangle” Internet Featurette (2:11): This is nothing more than a promo disguised as a featurette by adding a few seconds of interview footage.
”Break the Curse” Internet Featurette (2:42): Skip this and watch “Making a Scene”, since it covers exactly the same material, but in more detail.
Making a Scene (8:02): A decent featurette detailing how the cast and crew rushed to film the actual World Series, in which the Red Sox finally (and conveniently) won. Watch it.
There is also the Theatrical Trailer and an Inside Look at IN HER SHOES.