A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director:

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cyrus I (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

John and Molly, a divorced middle aged man and a single mother meet at a friends party and start up a small relationship, all John has to do now is meet Molly's son... Cyrus

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Stars: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Satirical interpretations of world events and curious human behavior.

Directors: Tom Kuntz, Mike Maguire
Stars: Len Cariou, Sarah McElligott, Amir Talai
Sugar I (2008)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas
The Comedy (2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

Director: Rick Alverson
Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations.

Director: Matthew Bate
Stars: Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitch Deprey, Daniel Clowes
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective, is recruited to close the case.

Director: Jody Hill
Stars: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta
Beer League (2006)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An unemployed slacker inspires his softball teammates to improve their game so they won't get kicked out of the local league.

Director: Frank Sebastiano
Stars: Artie Lange, Ralph Macchio, Anthony DeSando
Miami Blues (1990)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student/prostitute ... See full summary »

Director: George Armitage
Stars: Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Bernie (2011)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Things have been tough lately for Amelia. Her best friend moved out of the apartment, her cat got cancer, and now her best friend, Laura, is getting married. She copes with things, from the... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Amy Braverman
Cruise I (2016)
Romance

Set in the 1980s, a young Italian-American from the "wrong side of the tracks" falls for a Jewish girl from Long Island.

Director: Robert D. Siegel
Stars: Emily Ratajkowski, Spencer Boldman, Kathrine Narducci
Short | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Josh Trank
Stars: Josh Trank
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sal
...
Philadelphia Phil
...
Paul's Mom
...
Gina Aufiero
...
Jeff Aufiero
Jonathan Hamm ...
Quantrell Bishop
...
Detective Velardi
Joe Garden ...
Dennis
...
Christine
Scott Ferrall ...
Sports Dogg
...
Hospital Doctor (as Sidne Anderson)
Julian Lane ...
Birthday Boy
Caroline Gallo ...
Gina and Jeff Daughter
Maya Louise Dispenza ...
Christine and Dennis Daughter
Edit

Storyline

Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. Written by Big Fan Productions, Inc.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paul Aufiero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,266 (USA) (28 August 2009)

Gross:

$234,422 (USA) (19 March 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally planned to be a straight-forward comedy titled "Paul Aufiero" but Robert D. Siegel personally re-wrote his script into a drama. See more »

Goofs

When Paul and Sal are discussing the Giant's schedule next season, it is mentioned that they will be playing both New England and San Diego. Since the New York Giants are in the NFC, there is no way that they would play both New England and San Diego as both are in different divisions. Within the AFC and NFC teams only play teams from one specific AFC division each season. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: How do you get a concussion when you don't got any fucking brains?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.8 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Revenge
(1973)
Written by John Prine
Performed by John Prine
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Soul-fulfilling examination of a "Big Fan"
28 September 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Big Fan" is about Paul (Patton Oswalt) who is a really big fan of the New York Giants. It's a simple premise and one that you think you see on a regular basis. But this movie is different because we really meet Paul, on a very personal level. We see everything in his life that makes him who he is. Even though Paul takes the word "fanatic" to a very serious level, he's accessible and it seems very real.

It's really slow moving because we basically just follow Paul around as he lives his very lowly life, everything revolving around the Giants, and listens to sports talk radio. I was completely riveted. This is a character study at the highest level. It doesn't use sex or drugs or big-budget action to get us interested, only Paul himself. And a little bit of football talk.

This is a darkly comic, but also very real, introspection of a sports fan. Every aspect of Paul had thought put into including interactions with and characteristics of all his family members and friend(s). "Big Fan" is the best mix of character study and sports, written at a very high level.

The director and screenwriter, Robert Siegel, also wrote "The Wrestler" which I was not a big fan of. Although it was critically acclaimed, I feel that "Big Fan" actually accomplishes what "The Wrestler" was supposed to - a soul-fulfilling examination of what sports can do to some people. The humour echos the realness and intelligence found in the The Onion - Siegel was an editor in chief. That should just reinforce the recommendation to see this movie.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Metaphor For Bush Administration? lgonzales316
He is most loser character every in the history of cinema phirdilse
Why not Sal? dfranzen70
Discuss Big Fan (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?