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Fever Pitch (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 April 2005 (USA)
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Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Severance ...
Artie (as Scott H. Severance)
Jessamy Finet ...
Teresa (as Jessamy R. Finét)
Isabella Fink ...


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 Drew-Barrymore-Fanatic

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A Comedy About The Game Of Love.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Catch  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,400,125 (USA) (8 April 2005)


$381,445 (Brazil) (9 September 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Exactly 17 members from the Boston Men's Baseball League were selected to appear as player extras in full uniform in the film. Filming took place at Fenway Park from September 16-23, 2004 from 5pm to 5am nightly. Included in the cast from the BMBL were: - Boston Athletics: John Howe - Boston Cardinals: Dan Jalbert - Boston Marlins: Andy Katz - Boston Rockies: Dave Mitrou - Boston White Sox: Ryan Gray & Jason Hoye - Cambridge Cubs: Billy Burton & Jamie Waters - Medford Mets: John Collins - North Andover: Paul Laurin - Somerville Senators: Michael Sawyer & Russ Ward - T's Pub Dodgers: Scott Gilefsky & Andy Hickey - Wayland White Sox: Jerry Dawson, Dana Johnson & Steve Wolf See more »


The banners hanging outside Fenway with dates of World Championships on them were not there in 1980. See more »


[first lines]
Al: [voice over] 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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Crazy Credits

Footage of the "rolling rally" victory parade is shown at the end. See more »


Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.115 (2005) See more »


Dirty Water
Written by Ed Cobb
Performed by The Standells
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sweet and Charming Date Movie
15 April 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Fever Pitch" is a sweet and charming addition to the small genre of sports romances as date movies or movies a son could be willing to go to with his mother (though the guys in the audience got noticeably restless during the romantic scenes).

I have lived through a milder version of such a story, as my first exposure to baseball was dating my husband the spring after the Mets first World Series win and then I watched the Mets clinch their next one because I was the one still up in the wee hours with our two little sons, who have grown up to teach me more about baseball through our local neighborhood National League team's other heartbreaking failures to win it again (and it was me who took our older son to his only Fenway Park game as I caught a bit of Red Sox fever as a graduate student in Boston).

So compared to reality, the script believably creates two people with actual jobs. It is particularly impressive that Drew Barrymore's character is a substantive workaholic who has anti-Barbie skills, though she pretty much only visits with her three bland girlfriends during gym workouts that allow for much jiggling and the minor side stories with her parents don't completely work.

It is even set up credibly how she meets Jimmy Fallon's math teacher and how she falls for his "winter guy" -- though it's surprising that his Red Sox paraphernalia filled apartment didn't tip her off to his Jekyll-and-Hyde "summer guy." Their relationship crisis during the baseball season is also played out in a refreshingly grown-up way, from efforts at compromise to her frank challenges to him, centered around that they are both facing thirty and single. Fallon surprisingly rises to his character's gradual emotional maturity.

While the ending borrows heavily from O. Henry, the script writers did a yeoman job of quickly incorporating the Sox's incredible 2004 season into a revised story line (with lots of cooperation from the Red Sox organization for filming at the stadium).

The script goes out of its way to explain why Fallon doesn't have a Boston accent, as an immigrant from New Jersey, but that doesn't explain why his motley friends don't. The most authentic sounding Boston sounds come from most of his "summer family" of other season ticket holders, who kindly kibitz the basics of Sox lore to neophyte Barrymore (and any such audience members).

The song selection includes many Red Sox fans' favorites, from the opening notes of the classic "Dirty Water," though most are held to be heard over the closing credits as if you are listening to local radio and are worth sitting through to hear.

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