Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fan of Big Fan

Big Fan
Director: Robert D. Siegel
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Released: 08/29/09

This dark comedy got a very small release so chances are, unless you live in a major city (like New York or Seattle), you may have never heard of it. Now this isn't a movie for everyone, but I really liked it.

Oswalt (best known for The King of Queens and voicing Ratatouille) plays Paul, an almost 40 year old chump who still lives with his nagging mother and works as a parking garage attendant. His only passion in life is being a New York Giants fanatic. Every night he calls in as a regular to a sports radio talk show where he reads from a script about the previous game he wrote down while at work.

One evening he and his friend spot Quantrell Bishop, the best and most popular Giants player out with his friends and they follow him into Manhattan to a club where they get up the nerve to buy him a drink and approach him. They let it slip they've been following him and Paul gets the crap beaten out of him and lands in a hospital with some pretty nasty bruises and fractures.

His brother, who sues big companies for a living, tells him he should sue Bishop and Paul's mother and sister agrees, but whenever somebody tries to get information about what happened, Paul tells them he doesn't remember. Since the best player on the team has been suspended "until further notice", the Giants are losing games and Paul doesn't want to implicate Bishop where he could serve a few years in jail for what he did.

I don't want to give away anything else, but if you like dark comedies, this is definitely worth checking out.

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