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Fever Pitch (2005)



Critic Consensus: While not a home run, Fever Pitch has enough charm and on-screen chemistry between the two leads to make it a solid hit.

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Nick Hornby's acclaimed memoir about one man's struggle to balance his love of a woman and his love for soccer was the basis of a well-reviewed British film in 1997, and now gets a Americanized rewrite with this picture, in which the game is changed from soccer to baseball. Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is a high-school teacher who meets Lindsay (Drew Barrymore), who has a successful career in business. Ben and Lindsay don't appear to have much in common on the surface, but they hit it off and are soon involved in a serious romance. But when spring rolls around, Lindsay becomes aware of the true love of Ben's life -- the Boston Red Sox. Despite the team's lamentable record, Ben has been a fiercely loyal Red Sox fan since childhood, and Lindsay finds it hard to compete with his passion for baseball, while Ben is forced to choose between the obsessions of his youth and the enthusiasms of a responsible adult. Fever Pitch was shot in part in Boston during the 2004 baseball season, which to the surprise of the filmmakers saw the Red Sox winning baseball's world series for the first time since 1918.

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Drew Barrymore
as Lindsey Meeks
Jason Spevack
as Ben in 1980
Lenny Clarke
as Uncle Carl
Ione Skye
as Molly
James B. Sikking
as Doug Meeks
JoBeth Williams
as Maureen Meeks
Charlotte Sullivan
as Spin Instructor
Scott Desano
as Binocular Guy
Shary Guthrie
as Christie
Andrew Wilson
as Grant Wade
John Boylan
as Myerson
Gina Clayton
as Lady At Other Table
J. C. Kenny
as Reporter
Paul McGuire
as Reporter
Bobby Curcuro
as Loiterer
Bart Bedford
as Man At Other Table
Ken Rogerson
as Scalper
Johnny Damon
as Himself
Trot Nixon
as Himself
George Ghali
as Vern (gym Teacher)
George King
as Mr. Munsell
Jackie Burroughs
as Mrs. Warren
Kevin Millar
as Himself
Sharlene Yuen
as Receptionist
Geoffrey Williamson
as High School Kid #1
Jim Rice
as Himself
Steve Levy
as Reporter At Spring Training
Tim McCarver
as Himself
Don Orsillo
as Himself
Matthew Peart
as High School Kid #2
David Klar
as High School Kid #3
Jermaine Plummer
as High School Kid #4
Erin Nanstad
as Female Fan
Johnny Cicco
as Obnoxious Fan
Brian Hayes Currie
as Screaming Fan
Bob Weekes
as Hot Dog Vendor #1
John Ruggiero
as Hot Dog Vendor #2
Dan Murphy
as 1980's Vendor #1
Dan Cummings
as 1980's Vendor #2
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Critic Reviews for Fever Pitch

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (55)

I think it's very ordinary.

May 7, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

...tries to deal with the messy process of nurturing a proper adult relationship rather than simply shoehorning two lovers into a predictable set of catastrophic circumstances until they finally succumb to one another.

May 29, 2013 | Full Review…

Stripped of almost all the brothers' usual crudeness, Fever Pitch proves what we've suspected all along: That beneath the gross-out gags and freak-show humor, Peter and Bobby Farrelly are just a couple of lovable romantics.

March 20, 2013 | Full Review…

The film turns out to be a substantial pleasure as the spirit of the Sox shines through.

March 20, 2013

Perfectly enjoyable but perfectly forgettable.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's slickly done, pleasantly watchable, but despite Barrymore's ever-charming earnestness, not quite a home run.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fever Pitch

Smart, charming and filled with laughter. Fever Pitch hits it out the park with the outstanding on-screen chemistry of Barrymore and Fallon. With the mixture of romance and baseball, the film delivers with spark and flare. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

I'm not a baseball fan but this movie was just great. Jimmy Fallon & Drew Barrymore had perfect chemistry and the part of Al, the sponge salesman, who was the guy that introduced Ben (Fallon), to baseball was great as well. An adorable, sporty, romcom that I very much enjoyed! (:

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


An alright romantic comedy.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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