When relaxed and charming Ben Wrightman meets workaholic Lindsey Meeks she finds him sweet and charming, they hit it off and when it is winter Ben can spend every waking hour with Lindsey, but when summer comes around the corner Lindsey discovers Ben's obsession with the Boston Red Sox. She thinks it is perfect until everything goes downhill for them. Written by
Ben has a gigantic replica of Fenway Park's left field wall (a.k.a. "The Green Monster") on the wall of his apartment. In real life and in his apartment, the wall includes a hand-operated scoreboard. The particular game immortalized on Ben's mural is that of Game 3 of the 1999 American League Championship Series, won by the Red Sox over the N.Y. Yankees, 13-1. Before Boston's conquest of New York in 2004 (depicted at the end of the film), the '99 game was one of the most memorable Boston wins in recent memory. See more »
There is a scene in which we find out the Red Sox have scored eight runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Yankees 8-7. During the 2004 season, no such game occurred. See more »
Eighty-six years of bangin' our heads against the big green wall, but we finally did it. That part you know. That part everybody knows. But I got a story you don't know. It's about this schoolteacher friend of mine named Ben.
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Footage of the "rolling rally" victory parade is shown at the end. See more »
I've enjoyed Nick Hornby's books, and their movie adaptations, but this is the exception. It was a huge disappointment, especially the character of "Ben" (Fallon), who comes across as a moron with almost no redeeming features.
I later found the original UK version, (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119114/), and was delighted to see fully realized, believable characters (with a brilliant performance by Colin Firth as the central character "Paul Ashworth").
Don't waste your time, watch the UK version instead. Vastly superior script and acting.
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