Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch)
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Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"...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."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"It's slickly done, pleasantly watchable, but despite Barrymore's ever-charming earnestness, not quite a home run."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Nick Hornby's novels have produced two terrific examples of the genre: High Fidelity and About A Boy. Unfortunately, this latest adaptation is strictly a minor league affair."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"A pleasant comedy with a good heart and amiable characters."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"A genial date comedy that will divide audiences and genders on the prominence of sports in a relationship."
‑ , Total Film
"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."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Barrymore has rarely been so bright and effortlessly charming, but it's all lost on Fallon, who often resembles one of those unfortunate SNL guests who freeze up on live TV, completely out of their element."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A delightful romantic comedy without the excesses we've come to expect of the Farrellys."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"The Farrellys rein in their usual excesses, but still manage to produce the laughs, albeit accompanied by a dose of terminal cuteness."
‑ Brian Pendreigh, Radio Times
"It's a sweet, slight romantic comedy with appealing stars and a happy ending -- unless you're a fan of, you know, that other team."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The film turns out to be a substantial pleasure as the spirit of the Sox shines through."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The movie's sentiment is nothing new for the Farrelly brothers, but its complacency certainly is."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"I think it's very ordinary."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Fever Pitch is funny, romantic and it makes even the by-now-very-tired story of the Sox's 2004 World Series win seem fresh."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Perfectly enjoyable but perfectly forgettable."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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