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Fever Pitch (2005)
nice turn for jimmy fallon and the always wonderful drew
i have to say, for a romantic comedy, this was excellent. i'm not a huge fan of them, because generally they are all cheesy and end in a predictable manner. this did, too, but it was done originally and with gusto.
jimmy fallon really breaks out here in his first lead role in a movie (unless you want to count that movie about a taxi...), and it shows. his comedic timing = brilliant. he's the loser guy (much like every male lead in nick hornby's world) who you root for the entire time. you want him to get the girl, and you want the red sox to win, just for his sake. he's more versatile here than we've ever seen him, and he's truly coming into his own as an actor aside from sketch comedy.
the always lovely drew barrymore is, of course, lovely here once again. i don't think anyone ever gets tired of her. she's charming and intelligent and funny here in this role. there's just a certain air about her that makes her just captivating. this role is no different for her, although perhaps we'd like to see her in something a bit different from the sweetly goofy good girl once in awhile. but it works for her.
the movie, adapted from a nick hornby novel of the same name, was awesomely transferred from the football of the uk to the baseball world of the us. as a new yorker, i'm no great fan of the red sox, but everyone in the universe is aware of their fanatical fans, and this movie does an excellent job of capturing it.
what this movie does is mix the romantic comedy with a bit of sports, which makes it relatable to most people moreso than the saccharine sweet movies we are used to seeing. these people are real, we understand their connection, and we root for the both of them. two big thumbs up.
I Love the '70s (2003)
i love them even though i dont remember them
i was lucky enough to catch this 10 episode miniseries on vh1 during the summer of 2003. being a child of the 80s, i initially wasnt much interested in watching. but after 5 minutes, i was hooked and ive been watching the repeats every time i see them on.
i love the 70s offers an hour long recap of a particular year of the decade, complete with all of the wacky toys, stupid movies, memorable tv shows and some of the most familiar faces of the 70s. commentary is offered by such second rate stars as mo rocca, michael ian black, and greg proops, although after seeing their sardonic, comedic genius on the show you wonder why their careers havent taken off as of yet, mo and michael in particular.
i love watching the witty one liners and the various stars playing with pet rocks and sea monkeys, and even though i wasnt alive yet in the 70s, i feel as if im reliving a part of my childhood that never existed. i love the 70s made me wish i had caught the previous i love the 80s, where im sure i would have had as much fun (and probably would have remembered a lot more). i loved these 70s!