Review Date: April 04, 2005
Director: Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Producers: Nancy Juvonen, Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore as Lindsay
Jimmy Fallon as Ben
KaDee Strickland as Robin
In the meantime, does anybody in the audience really believe that Fallon and Barrymore’s characters won’t end up together? Now while we all already know the answer to that question, it generally isn’t so much of a factor in most romantic comedies, as long as the jokes keep coming, the actors are charismatic and the plot keeps on truckin’, but everything here blows, as jokes are uninspired at best, Fallon is a jumble of nerve-wracking ticks (not to mention that he’s not a very good actor to begin with) while Barrymore is sub-par at best, and the plot, well…it just sits there from scene to scene, barely tossing any obstacles in the way of the two leads, and basically just buying time, as the baseball season winds down much like the audience’s tolerance for such mediocrity hopefully will. As for the chemistry between the two lead actors or the added “oomph” from any major secondary players? Two more strikes on those counts with the chemistry between the two stars reminding me of my grades in that subject matter back in high school (i.e. poor) and other than one hottie girlfriend of Barrymore’s, not a single side player making any sort of impression (good or bad) during the entire picture. I actually might have given this film an even lower score, but it doesn’t as much “suck outright”, as it’s just “there” and not good. But truly…I saw this movie about two hours ago and I can barely remember a single thing from it—save for one semi-humorous scene featuring Fallon watching a Bill Buckner videotape at home. That’s it, man…one joke in 100 minutes of so-called comedy.
PS: A big FU to everyone involved in this production for tainting the actual Red Sox miracle World Series victory by tossing Fallon and Gertie onto the field as the real players celebrated their well-earned historical win, just so that they can get a 2-second shot of them standing around the players. A horrible, horrible thing to do and one that any TRUE SPORTS FAN would know not to have done.