Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch)
Ben is an all-round nice guy and school teacher. His biggest fault is being a giant Boston Red Sox baseball fan. When he meets high flying executive Lindsay (Barrymore), he isn’t sure how she will react to his obsession. They have very little in common. But the relationship actually blooms – she has her career, he has his baseball. But will this strategy work for all the ball seasons to come? Will the relationship survive?
This film is loosely based on Nick Hornby’s book Fever Pitch about a man with a soccer obsession, but it was changed to a baseball obsession for the US audience. Hornby’s Fever Pitch was made into a movie in the UK starring Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell in 1997.
This version is actually quite good. Drew Barrymore, as ever, is delightful and engaging, and the baseball story is interesting, albeit I believe with a few historical errors.
This was a 2005 rom com where it was quite typical to focus on just two main characters – the love interests, with a few of their friends in the background. The two leads, therefore, need to be just right. I’m not that keen on Jimmy Fallon, but with Barrymore’s help, he pulled it off. Well worth a watch if it comes your way.