Fever Pitch Fever Pitch , a hokey chick flick, mistakenly courts the audience least likely to be fans of either the Farrelly brothers or baseball, and the… Fever Pitch Fever Pitch , a hokey chick flick, mistakenly courts the audience least likely to be fans of either the Farrelly brothers or baseball, and the…
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Fever Pitch (2005)

Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, ... | FINDING LOVE AT FENWAY Pitch 's Barrymore and Fallon

FEVER PITCH (2005)

FINDING LOVE AT FENWAY Pitch's Barrymore and Fallon
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Sep 13, 2005; DVD Release Date: Sep 13, 2005; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Fever Pitch, a hokey chick flick, mistakenly courts the audience least likely to be fans of either the Farrelly brothers or baseball, and the result is as watered-down as ballpark beer. Jimmy Fallon's misguided performance (calling it ''Hanksian,'' as Peter Farrelly does in the commentary, is a little insulting — to Colin Hanks!) and his blasphemous intrusion on the field during the 2004 World Series celebration have earned him a level of infamy among Red Sox diehards that was once reserved for Bill Buckner.

EXTRAS To his credit, SNL alum Fallon finally proves he can sustain a scene without cracking up, but the gag reel reveals it wasn't easy. The gimmicky climax in St. Louis was a last-second whim, as the superstitious Farrellys hadn't planned for the possibility that their team might actually win, according to the aptly titled ''Making a Scene'' doc. Another featurette examines the Sox's 86-year Curse of the Bambino and the surreal experience of witnessing history: ''It's like making Pearl Harbor during Pearl Harbor,'' Bobby Farrelly said to Peter while filming. Maybe — all's we know is, the Yankees don't fare well in either film.

Originally posted Sep 09, 2005 Published in issue #840 Sep 16, 2005 Order article reprints