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Big Fan (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  18 January 2009 (USA)
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A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

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Cast

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

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

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

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18 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$234,422 (USA) (19 March 2010)
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The host of the call in radio show is Scott Ferrall, a real sports talk radio host on Sirius satellite radio. See more »

Goofs

"QB" in the newspaper articles refers to "Quantrell Bishop", not the slang term for "quarterback", therefore the fact that his character is a linebacker is not a goof. See more »

Quotes

Paul Aufiero: He was rusty.
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Ooh Poo Pah Doo
(1966)
Written by Jessie Hill
Performed by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Giant movie!
30 January 2010 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

How big is the small independent movie "Big Fan"? Well if you are a fervent football fan, then to certain extents you will relate to the film's protagonist Paul Aufiero; a die hard New York Giants fan whose life revolves around following the pigskin team and one of its star players Linebacker Quantrell Bishop. If you are not a football aficionado, then my daring prediction is that you will still be taken by its narrative's character study on obsession as a way of life. So "Big Fan" did not make big bucks at the box office. So what! It still sacked plenty of dynamic film-making richness in Writer-Director Robert Siegel's brilliant look on one man's fixation for his favorite football team. Patton Oswalt's marvelous performance as Aufiero was of thespian Pro Bowl caliber. Oswalt fired away… sorry maybe wrong choice of words for JFK Stadium Philly fans. What I meant to say is that Oswalt scores high with his portrayal of a sports nut who spends most of his working day as a park attendant writing discourse for his ritual nightly call-in to a sports radio talk show. Aufiero, near 40, still lives with his whining mother. His injury attorney brother Jeff, Jeff's archetypical New York attorney wife Gina, and Paul's other sibling Christine think that Paul is an immature "get a life" slacker whose New York Giants worship has caused him brain damage. Even though Paul's family is not on the "They Might Be Giants" team, they still love him and what him to flourish professionally & personally. The plot of "Big Fan" takes a stalking play-call turn when Auferio follows the Bishop to a Strip Club (somehow that does not sound right) and the Linebacker does an off-the-field "unsportsmanlike penalty" play by beating the crapola out of Paul. However, the deranged Aufiero does not intercept Bishop's playing career by pressing charges against the millionaire footballista. Kevin Corrigan's exceptional performance as Paul's Giants-Loving best buddy Sal well complimented Oswalt's Aufiero. This rocking "They Are Most Certainly Giants" duo were a big hit during their shared screen time. Michael Rapaport flew like an eagle in his brief scene-stealing supporting performance as the obnoxious Philadelphia Eagles fan Phil, which in some odd way could be classified as the villain of "Big Fan". Other supporting performances that tailgated the aforementioned fine acting of the film was carried by Marcia Jean Kurtz as Paul's Mom, Gino Cafarelli as brother Jeff, and Serafina Fiore as Gina. Siegel's game plan on the writing & direction of "Big Fan" was fantastic with its authenticity, creativity, and connectivity. And what an original trick plot play does Siegel call during the 4th Quarter of this movie! You just gotta see it! But at the end of the game, it was General Patton Oswalt's mesmeric starring performance that enamored me the most to be a big fan of "Big Fan". ***** Excellent


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