My Rating: 9/10
Rotten Tomatometer: 65%
PLOT: Lindsay (Drew Barrymore) is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and his lifelong passion for the Boston Red Sox.
WHY IT’S HERE:
Because it works SO well and is SO engaging, it plays like a lost chapter of “Love Actually.” I am extremely picky when it comes to romantic comedies, and to find one that works so well on so many levels is a rarity. That it springs from the directors of “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber” is mind-boggling. A screenplay from the minds behind “Splash” and “A League of Their Own” also helped immensely. But it’s the unforced chemistry between the two leads that really makes this movie sing. I’m rooting for them right from the beginning, which is great. All of their relationship discussions and highs and lows are so organic, none if it feels forced or contrived. (And, speaking personally, I can totally identify with the dorky guy with a fanboy mentality falling for the hot chick, who also digs him, inexplicably.) And the backdrop, the Red Sox’s curse-reversing 2004 season, is too perfect for words, outlining the entire course of Ben and Lindsay’s relationship from beginning to end. (Hope I didn’t spoil that for ya…you want a rom-com without a happy ending, go watch “La-La Land.”) “Fever Pitch” is a rare treat, a romantic comedy that belongs in the pantheon of greats alongside “When Harry Met Sally”, “Roman Holiday”, and, of course, “Love Actually.”