Friday, September 18, 2009

Big Fan - Movie Review

Big Fan (R) 86 minutes B-
Another "one trick pony" from Robert Siegel

Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport and Marcia Jean Kurtz

Perhaps the clown is the saddest... Robert Siegel, a former editor of The Onion wrote one of last year's most tragic love stories - The Wrestler. This year he makes his directorial debut with another story of love and heartbreak, only this time it features a man and his favorite football team.

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the dramatic category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Big Fan has received good reviews (Denver Post gave it 4 out of 4 stars) and some critics have even suggested that Patton Oswalt's performance may be Oscar-worthy.

This film is a little dry and a tad repetitive, but what it lacks in energy, it makes up for in emotion. On the surface, Paul (Patton Oswalt) is a one trick pony- content with his job as a parking lot attendant, lives at home with his mother (at age 36), and is a self proclaimed "world's biggest New York Giants fan". But when he gets the opportunity to meet his favorite player his life changes forever... sorta.

Big Fan is not the feel good movie of the year and it's not for everyone, but it is an intriguing film worth seeing.

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