Big Fan (2009)
Directed by Robert D. Siegel
Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
I have had the movie Big Fan sitting in my Netflix queue as long as I have been a Netflix subscriber. Last night, I finally clicked “play.”
Starring Patton Oswalt (“King of Queens”) as Paul, an overweight, underachieving New York Giants rooter, Big Fan explores the irrational mind of an obsessed fanatic even after he is physically assaulted by the athlete he most admires. His family (including his brother, a personal injury lawyer) is against him, and he is taunted on late night sports talk radio by an Eagles fan who calls himself “Philadelphia Phil” (portrayed by the extremely talented and underappreciated Michael Rapaport). In the end, Paul gets his revenge on Phil, but not without consequences.
This is not slapstick comedy. It is a dark movie, one that may make the devoted sports fan question the rationality of his own allegiance to his team. How much do you love your team? How much are you willing to personally sacrifice to ensure that they have the best chance of winning?
A solid movie, well written, well directed and well acted. Oswalt is a winner playing the pitiful loser. This is a movie every sports fanatic needs to watch.