Fever Pitch

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Perfectly enjoyable but perfectly forgettable.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence

Tense scenes.

Sex

Sexual references and non-explicit situations, brief crude humor.

Language

Some strong and crude language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, brief smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes some strong and crude language, including at least three jokes about male sexual organs. There are sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations including (spoiler alert) a pregnancy scare. Characters drink (Ben tells Lindsay one thing he likes about her is that she drinks) and (briefly) smoke.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymydyingprayer April 9, 2008

I loved this movie

I tihnk this film is great! Maybe not a kid movie but a good movie for teens and adults.
Adult Written bygizmoandco April 9, 2008

Sweet and fun

Warm and charming, with characters we all cared about. Some sexuality, but not enough to be concerned about my 12-year-old daughter being there.
Kid, 12 years old June 27, 2010

Spoliers!!!!!

In one scene, Lindsay (Drew) gets hit in the head by a foul ball. Lindsay mentions she is late on her period. Making out and shirtless men are visible In one sc... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

What's the story?

In FEVER PITCH, Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is a high school teacher who happily explains his priorities on ESPN: The Red Sox, sex, and breathing. When Lindsay (Drew Barrymore) meets Ben, it's wintertime, and he's a sweetheart of a beau who takes tender care of her when she has food poisoning and reminds her that there's more to life than her job. By the time he has to explain why he can't go to her parents' party because he has to be at spring training, she already likes him enough to ask herself whether she can live with "summer guy" for half the year.

Is it any good?

The only thing surprising about this completely conventional big studio date movie is that it comes from the joyfully outrageous Farrelly brothers and the literary but widely-read Nick Hornby. The Hollywood studio de-flavorizing machine has toned them down and flattened them out and the result is perfectly enjoyable but perfectly forgettable. This is not a HA-HA movie. It is a chuckle/awww/chuckle/awwwwwww movie. Fallon and Barrymore are adorable and seem to get a genuine kick out of each other.

We know where this will all end up. The only surprise in the movie is the one everyone already found out about when the Sox won the World Series. On the way there are some distractions -- some are pretty funny, like the brief scene where Ben decides which of his friends get to use his sensational seats in Fenway Park, but most are a complete waste of time, like the scenes with Lindsay's friends and family. This gives it a dragged-out feeling, like the movie has gone into extra innings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fine line between being a fan and being a fanatic. They could discuss the ways that caring deeply about a team, a star, a movie, or a video game, can make people feel like they are part of something, especially when they share those feelings with friends. How were Lindsay's feelings about her job like Ben's feelings about the Red Sox?

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