Excellent, excellent movie. The combination of Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon was pure genius. Following the Red Sox during the year they break the curse was pure luck. I would recommend this movie to anyone.
I should probably say I’m a little biased. Drew Barrymore is one of my absolute favorite actresses. Jimmy Fallon is one of my favorite former SNL stars. And I am one of those girlfriends that fell hopelessly into Red Sox Nation when I started dating a Red Sox fan. So, needless to say, I can relate.
The story is based on a Nick Hornby novel (who we all know and love because High Fidelity is based on one of his novels as well) written about his obsession with soccer. The story depicted in the movie is about Ben’s obsession with the Boston Red Sox. It’s a story anyone living in Boston knows well. Boston lives and breathes Red Sox. So anyone from Boston can relate to the movie. But it isn’t so much of a stretch to imagine Ben’s obsession being with work, or playing football, or even gambling. The love story and the struggles they go through are endearing, and the Red Sox 2004 season happens to be a perfect backdrop for the film.
I think the only people who wouldn’t like this movie are Yankee fans. The movie glorifies the Red Sox and their diehard fans and includes real footage from the 2004 season.
Several Boston natives appear in the film, including Lenny Clarke as Ben’s Uncle Carl, Stephen King, as himself throwing out the first pitch at a game. Also, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon and Trot Nixon appear as themselves at a restaurant, while many Major League Baseball players appear in footage of the games.
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