Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's a Hit! 'Fever Pitch' Has a Story -- and Storybook Ending -- That Red Sox Fans and Romantics Should Love

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's a Hit! 'Fever Pitch' Has a Story -- and Storybook Ending -- That Red Sox Fans and Romantics Should Love

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Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union

So get this: As Fever Pitch draws near a close, the Boston Red Sox, who haven't won a World Series since the year World War I ended, are three games down to the hated New York Yankees in the American League championship playoffs.

Cue the sad Nick Drake song on the soundtrack.

There. Done.

Then between innings of Game Four, estranged lovers Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore make up in a big romantic moment, right there on the Fenway field.

And the Sox win. And then they win, win and win again, and the hated New York Yankees are vanquished. Then they take on some National League team in the World Series and win four times in a row.

You've got to be kidding me.

That's what the filmmaking Farrelly brothers must have said as their story about an obsessed Red Sox fan suddenly gained a happy ending, one you'd have a hard time believing if it weren't actually -- and we Red Sox fans still have to pinch ourselves about this -- true.

But the Farrellys adapted nicely, revamping the script and even getting a camera onto the field as Fallon and Barrymore smooched amidst the celebrating Sox.

Here's the odd thing: This unbelievable happy ending suits Fever Pitch just fine. It's such a sunny, amiable romance that it would be downright churlish to wish for anything but the happiest ending for the nice characters involved.

It's such a nice a movie, in fact, that it doesn't even make fun of the hated New York Yankees, other than the one joke about Yankee toilet paper.

Fever Pitch is based on Nick (About a Boy, High Fidelity) Hornby's superb memoir about how his obsession with Arsenal soccer made growing up and keeping a job and a girlfriend far harder than it should have been. It's already been turned into an OK English movie starring -- who else? -- Colin Firth.

Now it's become an American movie about a romantic triangle: a diehard Sox fan (Fallon), the woman who tries to understand him (Barrymore) and the team that gets between them (the Red Sox). …

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