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Big Fan (2009)

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
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Sports Dogg
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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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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.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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)
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1.85 : 1
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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 Detective Velarde flashes his badge in Paul's hospital room, it is not a New York City detective's badge. See more »

Quotes

Paul Aufiero: He was rusty.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode #24.1 (2009) 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
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Patton Oswalt makes a touchdown when it matters...
8 January 2010 | by (Sheffield, UK) – See all my reviews

Simplicity is a rare commodity in today's fast moving, conglomerate world, but for Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) there's only one thing that matters in his life. Everything else is irrelevant in comparison and it isn't his wife, or his child, or his family in general; it is the American Football team the New York Giants. As the self-proclaimed 'biggest Giants fan ever' Paul lives, breathes, shouts, screams, and sleeps everything about the team. He even situates a poster featuring his favourite player Quantrell Bishop (Jonathan Hamm), the Giants quarterback, above his single-bed. But when an opportunity arises to meet Quantrell, the player mistakes Paul for a stalker and violently strikes out causing his instant hospitalisation. Once released he has to come to terms with the fact that his simple, linear life is now starting to crash around him, like a fumble in the final moments of the Super Bowl, as his family, the media and the team all want a piece of the Giants 'Big Fan'.

Written and directed by Robert Siegel on a minimal budget, 'Big Fan' is a surprising independent gem that attains the majority of its prowess from an outstanding offensive performance by Patton Oswalt as the man who lives for the Giants. His support is monumental as he travels week in and week out to merely sit in the car-park outside Meadowlands Stadium and watch the game on a portable TV with his right-hand fan Sal (Kevin Corrigan). While he spends his job as a parking attendant writing up witty remarks to use on the Sports Dogs nightly call-in Sports show – of which one participant called Philadelphia Phil becomes Paul's nemesis over-time. There banter over the airwaves becomes one of the biggest driving forces of Paul's life while he isn't thinking about the next game. But after the assault takes place, his loyalty, and in turn his life starts to become torn apart. His family want him to turn the event in an opportunity to sue the player; the local authorities want him to press charges against quarterback, while the team are on a losing streak as Quantrell has been suspended while the investigation is on-going. All the while, all Paul wants is to support the team and nothing more. He doesn't have the greed and the ambition that others do. To him the Giants are his life-support machine, and if you take those away he would flat-line in an instant.

While Oswalt's performance is mesmerising, Robert Siegel's writing and direction must also be commended. His script is honest and straight-to-the-point, he captures it captures all the awkward events of Paul's life perfectly, including the argument between the brothers on the toilet. While he uses the space of the world around him perfectly to capture Paul's subtle isolated life brilliantly and at the same time Siegel also uses the, sometimes overtly exaggerated, close-up shot to portray the characters emotions within this one man's own perfect universe. 'Big Fan' is low budget, high impact film that thrives off a gleaming central performance by Patton Oswalt, and is definitely one of the best independent films of the last couple of years.


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