You either love or hate Jimmy Fallon. Few lie somewhere in the middle, but during his
days on Saturday Night Live (SNL), Fallon was more known for laughing and breaking character
during a sketch than for his dead-on celebrity impressions. Since his theatrical debut flop Taxi (which
may not have been great, but was certainly entertaining), Fallon has turned in his sophomore stint
as a leading man, this time in the romantic comedy, Fever Pitch. Fever Pitch is
a different kind of movie, not just for Fallon, but especially for directors The Farrelly Brothers.
Known best for their largely crude and often offensive comedies There's Something About Mary,
Me Myself & Irene, and Dumb & Dumber, the Farrellys step out of their comfort zone
to turn in a more sensitive effort in Fever Pitch. This side of the brothers was seen
partly in the true-beauty-is-on-the-inside message comedy Shallow Hal, but Fever
is toned down much more drastically. With significantly milder language (especially for the genre),
and little to no gross-out humor, it's genuinely a surprise to even see the Farrelly's name attached to
Now hold up before you accept the above paragraph as my seal of approval. Fever Pitch
is indeed a more adult-oriented comedy which does all but outright promote the idea of premarital
sex and even conceiving outside of wedlock. While it is possible to watch the film and let this
aspect of the film roll off your back, it's a message you don't want your kids getting out of
this film. On the positive end, the film does bear a good message about making sacrifices for
one another (specifically in the name of love), and being selfless. Considering the worldly
beliefs of Hollywood, it's no surprise there's such an unbiblical message about sex, but it's indeed
one to be cautious about.
Acting-wise, Fallon is the best here he's ever been. Even in Taxi, you could visibly
see a few moments where they cut the film just before he started laughing at himself or another actor.
Here, Fallon's acting abilities are even stretched emotionally. Drew Barrymore's signature sweet
personality compliments Fallon's nicely. Ben's obsession with the Red Sox is a funny plot element
that works favorably for creating a different kind of romantic comedy.
Fever Pitch is more cute than funny, however, and ultimately
would be the perfect date movie were it not for a few of those misguided sex-related messages.
No actual sexual encounters are shown, however, we do see Ben and Lindsey passionately kissing
as they enter his bedroom and fall onto the bed (the scene ends as he takes his shirt off). Another
scene shows them in bed directly after the act and they discuss how good it was, but no nudity is shown.
Language is mild with only 2 "s" words and a handful of other obscenities.
Fever Pitch was inches away from being the perfect date movie. It's some subtle sexual
humor and more downright unnecessary content that really hinders its result. I wish I could recommend
it, but your best off renting an edited DVD version from
a service like Clean Films
or ClearPlay. It's closer to being a more family-friendly comedy than most, but it's still a ways off.
- John DiBiase, (reviewed: 4/18/05)
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Some innuendo comments
are made and include, but aren't limited to, the following...
Some of Ben's students use some innuendo in reference to just meeting Lindsey; Lindsey and her
friends show some significant cleavage while at the gym; On their first date, Ben finds Lindsey
in a rather sickly state and offers to put her to bed for her. He gets her pajamas out of the drawer
and offers to change her for her and promises not to look. After he puts her top on (we just see
her bare shoulders in the process), he sheepishly says he looked; Ben tells Lindsey he rented
movies for her in case she woke up in the middle of the night. When she asks what kind, he jokingly
says it's "mostly animated pornography from Japan," but it's not at all; A man, upon finding out
Ben has season tickets to see the Red Sox, asks him if he finds his wife attractive to work
out a deal. Ben laughs, but the man asks again seriously; Lindsey's mother tells her on the phone
that Ben is washing her father's balls and we then see them on the golf course with Ben cheerfully
using a ball cleaner to clean golf balls. Later, Lindsey makes a joke about doing it to someone
and Ben says it's not so funny when she says it; Ben and Lindsey passionately kissing as they enter his bedroom and fall onto the bed (the scene ends as he takes his shirt off);
Lindsey tells Ben she's late (meaning she missed her period, and potentially pregnant), but we later
find out she isn't. We see Ben and Lindsey lying next to each other in bed directly after having
sex. They inexplicitly talk about it before a phone call interrupts them (no nudity or sex is seen);
Ben's friends wash him down in the bathtub after they find him depressed and in a filthy
state, and his doctor friend apparently is shaving his privates out of view of the camera (all played
for laughs, as it causes Ben to ask "Why are you shaving my balls?")
Vulgarity/Language: 2 "s" words, 1 "b*tch,"
2 "a" words, 1 "cr*p," 1 "a-h*le," 1 "d*mn," 1 "h*ll," 7 "Oh my G-d," 9 "G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs: Ben makes a joke
about the kids' drugs kicking in; Ben's friends find him in a depressed state, trying to torture
himself by watching a tape of a classic Red Sox upset and they treat it like a drug addiction
(played for laughs)
Blood/Gore: We distinctively
hear Lindsey puking in another room from food poisoning. Lindsey has a gross
bulge on her forehead after being hit in the head by a baseball. We see a brief closeup of a pitcher
bearing a bloody sock during a famous Red Sox game.
Violence: Lindsey accidentally lets go
of the rope that is holding her friend up while rock climbing at the gym, causing her to drop to the floor.
Lindsey is hit in the head by a baseball.
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
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