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Big Fan (2009)

 -  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

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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
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Hospital Doctor (as Sidne Anderson)
Julian Lane ...
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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Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Paul Aufiero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$234,422 (USA) (19 March 2010)
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In the film, Quantrell Bishop wears number 54 for the Giants. In reality, the number 54 belonged to inside linebacker Jonathan Goff during the period when the film takes place. 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

Jeff: How do you get a concussion when you don't got any fucking brains?
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The sports religion
8 January 2010 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Patton Oswalt plays Paul Aufiero, the star of Big Fan, an indie drama about a New York Giants football fanatic. He eats and breaths blue and red and wants nothing more than for his team to go all the way. He works as a parking garage attendant where he takes money, opens the gate, and prepares his thoughts for the night's radio broadcast where he is Paul from Staten Island. He calls to give his opinion about the team, how they will win, and tells another fellow caller, Philadelphia Phil, a proud Eagles fan, that he can basically go eat his own shorts.

He lives at home with his mother where he is bombarded with ideas and images of a better life thanks to his well of brother (Gino Cafarelli), a lawyer, and his brother-in-law who keeps after Paul with a job offer that he doesn't want. Paul's only haven is with his best and only friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan). They share a love for the game and a love for their team. One night they spot Quantrell Bishop, Paul's favorite Giant. His idol of the gridiron. They see him coming out of a shady spot on Staten Island and decide to follow him all the way into a Manhattan night club. When they decide to approach they are met by a hostile Bishop who thinks they are stalkers. He beats Paul into the hospital where he is met by a barrage of questions from investigators and his lawyer brother. Now he is faced with the decision of turning a blind eye to what happened or pressing charges against his favorite player, likely causing his team a division title.

A round of applause to Oswalt for his performance. He really captured the spirit of his character. I am sure that there are many people out there similar to him (I can think of a few I know who border on this line of fan-hood). Oswalt is a stand-up comedian by trade, but lately has been dabbling with some acting roles. He was the voice of Remy in Pixar's Ratatouille, one of their better casting jobs, and I particularly liked his cameo on Comedy Central's "Reno 911" where he played a "gamer" like those from "World of Warcraft" and "Dungeon's and Dragons". Here he steps way out of his comfort zone and does so effortlessly.

This is a Robert D. Siegel's directorial debut. After writing the screenplay for last year's The Wrestler, he dives into a different sport: the sport of, well, watching sports. He presents us with another tragic character. Paul is someone who cares only for his team. Not himself, his family, or his future. He doesn't care for his job and he doesn't care about how he lives. He is a special kind of man.

Siegel does a nice job behind the camera, but his strength is clearly on paper. He does a great job establishing background for his characters. We know that Paul has been a die hard sports fan for a long time. We know that he has worked the same job and has lived the same routine for years and years. Little things like his mother saving Chinese food condiments and the cluttering of Paul's bedroom walls with sports paraphernalia give these characters a history. One that we can relate to and have seen before.

This is a nice little film that has an excellent story with an even better ending. I really enjoyed the struggle that Paul goes through with all of the different pressures around him, trying to persuade him to go against his will. An excellent achievement for both Siegler and Oswalt.


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