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Director:
Writer:
Robert D. Siegel (written by)
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Unbalanced Dark Comedy Is Mostly a Misfire See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Jon Trosky .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elizabeth Casinelli .... 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 Esteras-Ortiz .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Kahn .... conformer
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Mackil .... additional post-production services
Michael Smollin .... digital intermediate colorist
 
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
Nick Gallo .... assistant location manager
Jonathan Gray .... legal services: Gray Krauss
Jocelyn Guest .... production assistant
Jason Gurnick .... technical consultant
Andrew Hurwitz .... sales agent
Fallon Jethroe .... production assistant
Mike Loew .... location manager
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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Runtime:
USA:88 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | USA:R (certificate #45464)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Adam Sandler was offered the part of Paul Aufiero.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Paul Aufiero:It's gonna be a great year!
[final line]
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Soundtrack:
Going DownSee more »

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22 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Unbalanced Dark Comedy Is Mostly a Misfire, 28 January 2010
Author: evanston_dad from United States

"Big Fan" is an unpleasant movie about an extremely unpleasant man.

Patton Oswalt plays a dumpy 37-year-old loser who lives with his mother and spends his life living vicariously through the glories of the New York Giants. On a night out on the town, he and his buddy catch sight of their favorite player and follow him to a nightclub. When they approach him, a misunderstanding leads to Oswalt getting badly beaten by him. But he refuses to take legal action against him despite the admonishments of his family, because he'd rather see his favorite player able to lead his team to a win than seek remuneration for himself.

"Big Fan" starts out as a low-key comedy, but gradually picks up dark overtones and seems like it's going to take its audience to some uncomfortable places. Oswalt's character comes across as a schlubby but mostly decent guy at first, but as the movie progresses, we start to wonder if he might be mentally unhinged. However, a cop-out ending lurches the film back into uneasy dark comedy, and basically asks us to find Oswalt's character endearing even though he's been nothing but off putting.

The tone is all over the place, the comedy never really working. If the film had acknowledged that Oswalt's character is a loser, and made some kind of point about the fine line that begins to separate hobby from obsession, it might have been more interesting. But it instead asks us to take his side, and seems to take the stance that his obsession is just the healthy interest of your everyday man-child. The movie goes out of its way to make Oswalt's family into obnoxious caricatures, and we're not supposed to like them because they think he needs to get a life, but guess what....his family seemed to me to make a lot of sense.

Pretty much the definition of a misfire.

Grade: C

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