But easily a double, possibly stretching to a triple.
Rudi and I just returned home from a sneak preview of Fever Pitch, the new Drew Barrymore-Jimmy Fallon baseball flick. I didn’t go in expecting The Natural, but I was hoping for something better than Major League II.
Drew plays a workaholic’ish (if she were a real workaholic, she wouldn’t come to the game at all, but then we wouldn’t have a movie plot) businesswoman. Jimmy plays a high school math teacher and a die-hard Sox fan. You know… crazy. You can see where this is all going, and it doesn’t stray from the predictable storyline. There are no knuckleballs or curveballs (a couple of screwball moments, but you expect those with these stars); pretty much you’re just going to get the straight fastball the whole way. And I think the audience is going to be okay with that in general.
For people who don’t enjoy the prosaic romantic comedy (Sam?), you aren’t going to find this anything unexpected and I wouldn’t recommend shelling out more than a matinee/discount ticket price for it.
But for folks who sometimes wonder if their current obsession may be driving their daily life, I’d say you’ll find something in here.
Fever Pitch aims to be a sweet, romantic comedy and is just that.
Best baseball movies of my lifetime:
Field of Dreams
A League of Their Own
(I haven’t seen any of the earlier baseball films, but they’re on my list. Any recommendations for which ones to see first?)