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Big Fan -- A hardcore New York Giants football fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patton Oswalt ... Paul Aufiero

Kevin Corrigan ... Sal

Michael Rapaport ... Philadelphia Phil

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Paul's Mom

Serafina Fiore ... Gina Aufiero

Gino Cafarelli ... Jeff Aufiero
Jonathan Hamm ... Quantrell Bishop

Matt Servitto ... Detective Velardi
Joe Garden ... Dennis

Polly Humphreys ... 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
Cookie Bradshaw ... Law-Office Ad Woman
Malik Jacobs ... Shady House Guy
Jason Hardee ... Quantrell Buddy #1
Ronnie Amadi ... Quantrell Buddy #2
Angel Estrada ... Quantrell Buddy #3
Billy Parker ... Quantrell Buddy #4
Farouk Adelekan ... Quantrell Buddy #5
Mifit Hodzic ... Strip Club Valet
Michael Mederrick ... Doorman
Miranda Rhyne ... Cashier
Nicole Mcgee ... Bartender
Latawnya Haynes ... Waitress
Dan Dinenberg ... Bouncer #1 (as Dr. Dan Dinenberg)
Sebastian Elliott ... Bouncer #2
Christiane Figueiredo ... Paul and Sal's Stripper
Carla Carvalho ... Stripper #1
Natasha ... Stripper #2
Makenzie ... Stripper #3
Christine Elizabeth ... Stripper #4
Chyna ... Stripper #5
Nick Stevens ... Play-By-Play Announcer
Wilson Hall ... Color Commentator
Alan P. Cross ... Zone Reporter Ed Rosen (as Alan Cross)
Nick Gallo ... Radio Caller
Ginny Sisti ... Parking Garage Driver #1
Paul Sisti ... Passenger #1
Jordan Cohn ... Parking Garage Driver #2
Daniella Tineo-Cohn ... Passenger #2

Joe Caniano ... Parking Garage Driver #3
Debbie Sutin ... Parking Garage Driver #4
Robert Siegel ... Front-Lawn Reporter #1

Yori Tondrowski ... Front-Lawn Reporter #2
Tom Epstein ... Parking Garage Reporter
Cabbie ... Wrong Phil

Josh Trank ... Wrong Phil's Buddy (as Joshua Trank)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rickert ... Eagles Fan (uncredited)
Annette Santrello ... Corrections Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert D. Siegel 
Writing credits
Robert D. Siegel (written by)

Produced by
Elan Bogarin .... producer
Jessica Cassimatis .... co-executive producer
Johnny Cassimatis .... co-executive producer
Jen Cohn .... executive producer
Nick Gallo .... associate producer
Jean Kouremetis .... producer
Mike Loew .... associate producer
Joan Siegel .... co-associate producer
Josh Trank .... co-producer (as Joshua Trank)
Original Music by
Philip Nashel-Watts  (as Philip Watts)
Cinematography by
Michael Simmonds (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Josh Trank (edited by) (as Joshua Trank)
Casting by
Robert D. Siegel  (as Robert Siegel)
Production Design by
Sharoz Makarechi 
Costume Design by
Vera Chow 
Makeup Department
Billie Budd .... additional makeup
Zak Coldicutt .... additional hair stylist
Rondi Scott .... key hair
Rondi Scott .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yori Tondrowski .... assistant director
Josh Trank .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Miranda Rhyne .... art department production assistant
Greg Thran .... storyboard artist
Daniella Tineo-Cohn .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Adam Fedock .... additional boom operator
Ralph Kelsey .... post-production sound: Broadway Sound
Jim Mackil .... assistant sound editor
Shiho Miyazawa .... boom operator
Philip Nashel-Watts .... sound designer and mixer (as Philip Watts)
Eric Walendzinski .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Shelly Sabel .... additional lighting
Adam Schwartz .... visual effects
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Jon Trosky .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Libby Cassinelli .... assistant camera (as Libby Casinelli)
Sébastien Cros .... gaffer
Sébastien Cros .... set photographer
Nick D'Agostino .... additional grip
Glenn Glasser .... still photographer
Aric Jacobson .... gaffer
Brian MacLean .... key grip
Nick Morr .... camera department production assistant
Michael O'Brien .... additional electrician
Landon Pallian .... grip
David Steele .... assistant photographer
Marque DeWinter .... red camera consultant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Cristina Esterás-Ortiz .... digital intermediate producer (as Cristina Esteras-Ortiz)
Michael Kahn .... conformer
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Mackil .... additional post-production services
Michael Smollin .... digital intermediate colorist
Location Management
Nick Gallo .... assistant location manager
Mike Loew .... location manager
Music Department
Jim Black .... music clearances: Clearsongs Inc.
Gabe Hilfer .... music clearances
Philip Nashel-Watts .... digital score arranger (as Philip Watts)
Philip Nashel-Watts .... digital score producer (as Philip Watts)
Transportation Department
Anthony 'Seek' Morris .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cody Adams .... production assistant (as Cody Peace Adams)
David Sherman Broad .... production assistant (as David Broad)
Sam Burd .... production assistant (as Samuel Burd)
Caroline Creashead .... production assistant
Michael Donaldson .... legal counsel (as Michael C. Donaldson)
Julian Federman .... production assistant
Jonathan Gray .... legal services: Gray Krauss
Jocelyn Guest .... production assistant
Jason Gurnick .... technical consultant
Andrew Hurwitz .... sales agent
Fallon Jethroe .... production assistant
Johanna Lovett .... production assistant
Colleen McFawn .... production assistant (as Colleen Mcfawn)
Brandon Meyer .... production assistant
Sean O'Brien .... production assistant
Aaron Pollock .... title designer: main titles
Filippo M. Prandi .... production assistant (as Filippo Prandi)
Malena Rogers .... production assistant
John Rosana .... production assistant
Leo Santana .... production assistant
Annette Santrello .... key production assistant
Corinne Schneider .... production assistant
Rashad Wright .... production assistant
Richard Abramowitz .... special thanks
Ed Adler .... thank you
Harvey Altman .... special thanks
Ernest Ballard .... thank you
Tyondai Braxton .... special thanks
Terry Brown .... special thanks
Geoff Cook .... special thanks
Marque DeWinter .... special thanks (as Marque Dewinter)
Janine England .... thank you
Vincent Farrell .... thank you
Ian Fearn .... special thanks
Nancy Feingold .... special thanks
Katie Finch .... thank you
Jill Footlick .... special thanks
Dylan Franklin .... thank you
Alan Gallo .... special thanks
Christine Gallo .... special thanks
Daniel Glass .... thank you
Jason Gurnick .... thank you
Amy Heckerling .... special thanks
Doris Heckerling .... special thanks
Jean-Marc Joseph .... special thanks
Arthur Kale .... thank you
Lou Lane .... thank you
Melissa Lane .... thank you
Jim Mackil .... special thanks
Francis Mansfield .... thank you
Gene McHugh .... thank you
Gregory McKnight .... special thanks (as Greg Mcknight)
Michelle McNamara .... thank you (as Michelle Mcnamara)
Alicia Nashel .... special thanks (as Alicia Nashel-Watts)
Amanda Power .... special thanks
Peggy Power .... special thanks
Maureen Reynolds .... special thanks
Jesse Rosen .... special thanks
Billy Rosenblatt .... special thanks
Gary Rubin .... special thanks
Alan Sacks .... special thanks
Joan Siegel .... special thanks
Milton Siegel .... special thanks
Alex Sledge .... thank you
Ryan Smith .... special thanks
Hilary Stabb .... special thanks
Daniel Steinman .... special thanks (as Dan Steinman)
Michelle Stockwell .... special thanks
Matt Summers .... special thanks
Zach Superior .... special thanks
Rachel Sutin .... special thanks
Robert Thayer .... thank you
Rick Tickman .... thank you
Emma Trank .... special thanks
Pamela Trank .... special thanks
Richard Trank .... special thanks
Amy Westcott .... special thanks
Adam Wooley .... thank you
Andy Young .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
USA:88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | USA:R (certificate #45464)

Did You Know?

Every football player referenced in the film by any of the characters or the radio host is a real NFL player other than Quantrell Bishop.See more »
Errors in geography: When driving to Giant Stadium from Staten Island, the montage shows signs of the NJ Turnpike South. East Rutherford is north of Staten Island.See more »
Paul Aufiero:He was rusty.See more »
Do It Like I Do ItSee more »


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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Kept afloat by Oswalt's fascinating performance, which is hard to shake off even after the credits are over., 5 January 2010
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

Paul is in his mid-thirties, single, and still living at home with his mother. He works as a parking lot attendant in New York, and is content to sit in his booth at night writing down passionate, articulate rants, so that when he goes home he can call a local radio sports show and prove his fanaticism for the Giants, his favorite football team.

Paul is played by Patton Oswalt, one of the funniest stand-up comedians alive, and what he does in this film is really quite remarkable. He creates a fully convincing and pathetic loser, and is unafraid to reveal all the character's lowest points. If this were an Adam Sandler comedy we'd probably have scenes showing us how misunderstood and sweet Paul is, so we can understand that he's the one we're meant to root for, but Oswalt's Paul isn't so cleancut. He treats his family like crap and has terrible mood swings; he only seems truly happy when he's in his element: either witnessing a Giants win or ranting to strangers on the radio. The fact that he must write his speeches down beforehand, and preps himself for hours in advance of calling, says everything.

Paul gets in trouble when he spots a Giants quarterback at a gas station in a shady neighborhood and follows him into a NYC nightclub. After an awkward introduction, Paul makes the mistake of mentioning that he's been following the sports star and his entourage for the past few hours, and the drunken athlete reacts by beating him senseless. Three days later Paul is hospitalized and the police want his statement -- but he suddenly "can't remember" anything that happened, desperately hoping the Giants won't be forced to suspend their star athlete. But that's just the beginning of his problems.

Big Fan is the directorial debut of Robert D. Siegel, who wrote last year's sports-themed The Wrestler. Both movies concern the plights of apparent losers, the biggest difference being Mickey Rourke's 'Ram' actually had a life at one point, whereas Paul's existence is experienced vicariously. Everyone around him tries to offer a better life, whether it's jobs or moving into his own place, but he firmly rejects them. In Paul's eyes, this is his life. He is perfectly content to be discontent, and the movie's lack of transformation for its character will undoubtedly alienate some viewers.

And, put bluntly, Big Fan is not as strong or poignant as The Wrestler. Siegel is not as capable a director as Darren Aronofsky, and the story -- despite clocking in at under an hour and a half -- does tend to meander a few times. But it is endearingly bleak, honest and real, and kept afloat by Oswalt's fascinating performance, which is hard to shake off even after the credits are over.

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