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Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan". One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas station and decide to follow him. At a strip club Paul cautiously decides to approach him but the chance encounter brings Paul's world crashing down around him.
If you consider yourself a fan of sports, any sport - put this on your watchlist. Don't read much about it or watch the trailer, go in as cold as a nudist in alaska.
I watched Big Fan a few days ago knowing very little and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. It's a slight story but one told with tender, love and care for structure and pacing, character and plot.
It's one of those 'little gems' that may never have made your acquaintance but I feel it deserves to be met, enjoyed and treasured.
I am an avid supporter of this great film. Look for it round Super Bowl time on Sub-Cult over at Rotten Tomatoes.
I really enjoyed this. As a man loves sports, real football, I totally related to Patton Oswalt and his obsession. Patton is awesome in this as the loser who gets beat up by his favourite player and struggles to deal with the fallout from this and begins to lose it.
I liked the way the ending was done. I really thought it was going down an especially dark route and the way it's handled is fantastic. The soundtrack is great and so is Patton's best mate, Kevin Corrigan.
Big Fan really encapsulates what it's like to be obsessed with your team albeit quite extreme. It's one of the best sports films of recent times and probably the best film ever done about American football.
Robert D. Siegel's 'Big Fan' is all about a football fanatic named Paul (Patton Oswalt). He's in his mid thirties, lives with his mother, works at a parking garage, doesn't even have internet and is the biggest fan of The Giants going around (most likely). One day, he and his best pal Sal (Kevin Corrigan) run into their favourite player, Quantrell Bishop. The pair follow him for a while until ending up at a nightclub. They eventually confront Quantrell, who in turn beats the living hell out of Paul after he is alerted that these two were following him.
I have no idea why I love this movie so much, but I do. The film is so fascinating and thought-provoking,…
Pretty solid. Oswalt's great. His character, however, becomes difficult to route for after thirty minutes or so, at which point we can do nothing but watch with fascination as he sinks further into his delusions and obsessions. Never entirely compelling, but worth a watch for the ideas and the strong screenplay.
Maybe Robert D. Siegel wasn't the right person to direct this film...
Patton Oswalt is very good here and I enjoyed the concept of a loner whose sole meaning for existing is lived out vicariously through a sports team. But overall the movie just didn't do too much for me. Being more than a little apathetic about sports myself, I found the characters' obsessions just a tad too far beyond my realm of understanding to fully appreciate and be enveloped in the situation. The ending was a bit goofy as well. Not horrible, but I doubt I'll revisit this one.
Putting this on, I expected something entirely different than what I received. Paul (Patton Oswalt) is a die hard New York Giants fan, and is beaten within an inch of his life by his favorite player. That's it. With the cast and the plot, I expected to be laughing the entire way through, since I love Patton Oswalt so much, and to just have a good time with it.
What I got was not that, but I loved it all the more for that reason. Patton Oswalt infuses such signature wit into this character. He is sarcastic, rude, and essentially a loser, but a loser who you love, because you see what he loves and why. That's what many films…
Immersive character study nails milieu, takes some bold turns, peters out. Oswalt makes loneliness a zero-vanity sport.
Maybe Robert D. Siegel wasn't the right person to direct this film...
Big Fan is the directorial debut from Robert D. Siegel, writer of last year's fantastic The Wrestler. It stars Patton Oswald as Paul, a schlubby, 40ish New York Giants fan who works as a parking ramp attendant, lives with his mother and watches every Giants game without fail.......on tv in the parking lot at Giants Stadium. He spends his work day writing witty football related comebacks for the nightly call in sports radio show that he listens to religiously, and his nights jerking off into a pile of wadded up Kleenex next to his bed in a bedroom adorned with sports posters. (How did dhk1980 find someone to adapt his life story?)
Paul's favorite player is Giants linebacker Quantrell Bishop…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Everything's just a little TOO over the top here. The brother character's just a little TOO greasy as an attorney; his wife is just a little TOO cheap and trashy; Patton's character is a little ... well, he's a LOT too much of a loser (I mean, skid marks?; and why can't he at least afford cheap seats inside the stadium if he works and lives at home?).
It could be that Siegal maybe wasn't 100% sure how he wanted to play all this -- tragic and dark like "The Wrestler," or kind of tongue-in-cheek, almost nodding to other sports fans out there.
His movie understands Patton, though. It gets him and doesn't ever pigeonhole him through full on condemnation…
Very interesting movie on fandom.
"Big Fan" is an unpleasant movie about an extremely unpleasant man.
Patton Oswalt plays a dumpy 37-year-old loser who lives with his mother and spends his life living vicariously through the glories of the New York Giants. On a night out on the town, he and his buddy catch sight of their favorite player and follow him to a nightclub. When they approach him, a misunderstanding leads to Oswalt getting badly beaten by him. But he refuses to take legal action against him despite the admonishments of his family, because he'd rather see his favorite player able to lead his team to a win than seek remuneration for himself.
"Big Fan" starts out as a low-key comedy, but gradually picks…
I hadn't heard of Big Fan until a few weeks ago, but when I read the premise I knew that it was something I had to see. I've also always been a big fan of Patton Oswalt, long believing that he was capable of more than goofy character roles. Big Fan wound up being exactly the type of dark commentary that I've been wanting to see out of Oswalt.
It tells the story of a die hard Giants fan who is pretty well established as the loser of his family. He spends his time working his job at the toll booth for a parking garage and calling up to a local radio show to offer "spontaneous" insights on the Giants…
Overweight, loveless, wood paneling, empty parking lots, basements, loners, madness, sadness, isolation, depression, fantasy, eccentric, filth, sleaze...
Charlie Kaufman, Todd…
Complete list. :-(