Continuing on from my list of Female Coming of Age Films, I want to compile a list of interesting female…
A romantic comedy about a man, a woman and a football team. Based on Nick Hornby's best selling autobiographical novel, Fever Pitch. English teacher Paul Ashworth believes his long standing obsession with Arsenal serves him well. But then he meets Sarah. Their relationship develops in tandem with Arsenal's roller coaster fortunes in the football league, both leading to a nail biting climax.
The first work by celebrated British author Nick Hornby was the semi-autobiographical Fever Pitch, a series of essays about his relationship with football & especially Arsenal FC over a series of years, in particular his connection to numerous players & what the beautiful game means to him. In adapting his book for the screen, Hornby's screenplay loosely chooses to adapt thematically the journey of, in typical Hornby fashion, a dysfunctional man who never quite grew up, and a love story fuelled by one singular passion. Naturally, in the tradition of such films, Fever Pitch isn't really *about* football underneath, much as the game is incredibly important to the story itself - David Evans' movie really concerns itself with principally a difficult love…
"I've seen this film, you end up shagging on the carpet"
This film means a lot to me, which is quite surprising when you consider I have little to no interest in football beyond internationals and cup finals. I actually don't think it's that much of a football film really, the essence of it all, Paul's love for Arsenal could easily be about any preoccupation a man has before realising he has to sideline it somewhat when he finds the love of his life.
No, this film to me is one of the most perfect romcoms and one of the most perfect anthropological looks at relationships and obsessions.
It's beautifully directed, beautifully structured and beautifully cast and came about just…
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An enjoyable romantic comedy.
A romance between a man and a woman and
also between a man and his football club.
As a fan of a sports club myself, I can completely sympathize with Colin Firth's character Paul. To be completely obsessed with the daily events of "your team" and some how also have a romantic relationship.
You have to find a balance between a love you've had as since childhood and a love you find as an adult.
I tell you, it is not easy.
Colin Firth is now an Oscar winning actor with a string of high profile performances behind him. Everything from Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice to The King's Speech and A Single Man, he's also stretched himself with numerous comedic turns in the likes of Bridget Jones's Diary, St. Trinians, and Love Actually. He's now considered one of Britain's most accomplished actors after wowing Hollywood, but some of his most enjoyable performances are his earlier, more low-key roles in British films, with this being one of them.
Nick Hornby is a terrific writer. About A Boy, High Fidelity, and Fever Pitch: A Fan's life have all been turned into successful films and this adaptation of Fever Pitch is a funny and…
The love for football (soccer) and sports overall is a hard thing to explain. Why do we care so much about a team that kicks or throws a ball around so much?
Especially when we know there is always next season to win the league?
And while I can't really explain why football matters so much to me, neither can Colin Firth.
There is a brilliant scene, in which Paul Ashworth (Firth) and his dad go to Paul's first football match. Paul seems uninterested, and tells his dad he does not even like football. Then they enter the stadium, and in a great shot, the camera goes up to show all the fans and the pitch below.
A minute later,…
I apologize in advance, future wife
Watching Colin Firth's potty mouthed rather uncouth footie fanatic teacher and his layabout best mate Mark Strong, you would think that both actors had been cast against type but as the film was made very in their respective cinematic careers, it demonstrates a range not that fully exploited in either case.
You don't need to be a football fan to enjoy this nicely made romcom which keeps flashing back from the '60s to the '80s and is very typically of writer Nick Hornby's early work - sport, music etc.
Sadly nether Ruth Gemmell nor Holly Aird who are both fine here have made many feature films since although they have been around on TV.
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If you don't get it already, you're never gooner get it.
A sweary, smoking Colin Firth basically plays the author Nick Hornby in a late nineties movie that fumbles at capturing the look and feel of the late eighties.
The humour is broad but biting in the way that many Brit comedies that followed Four Weddings were. There are obvious parallels to be drawn with both High Fidelity and About A Boy but the overall lack of style makes this adaptation a lesser sibling to those.
Ruth Gemmell's character seems to do an about-face-turn from her initial prickly persona and Mark Strong is oddly babyfaced but reassuringly as bald as he ever was.
Not an amazing romantic comedy but certainly a passable way to spend 90 minutes so long as you can handle strained, twee guitar wankery with your narration.
Not read the book, so can't compare to that, but I really loved this film. I am a football fan of a fairly minor team, and I'm certainly not as passionate as some (never had a season ticket), but this is easily the best film I have seen which properly addresses what its like to be a fan and to have a team fill such an important role in your life. In fact its surprising that there are so few films about that.
The smile when the boy who isn't that interested in football first sees the pitch as he walks into the stadium was the exact emotion I had when I had that experience. I would like to think…
THIS MOVIE PISSED ME OFF!!!!!!!!!! WHY DO THEY EVEN WANT TO DATE EACH OTHER IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!? SHE WENT INTO IT KNOWING HE WAS A FANATIC ABOUT SOMETHING SHE HATED!!!!! AND THEN SHES MISERABLE THE WHOLE TIME BC HES STILL OBSESSED WITH IT!!!! WHAT DID YOU EXPECT LADY?!?!?!??!!???!?? YOU WERE DOOMED FROM THE START!!!!!!!
Oh god why did I watch this again
British rom-com that stresses the space between the "rom" and the "com". Though the film has some ultimate shortcomings -- the reconciliation always proves to be kinda sorta trivial in these sort of goings on -- Firth's portrayal of the man who can't put anything over his love of Arsenal feels more real than cartoonish when it would have been just as easy to tip him over into the realm of farce or parody. An enjoyable film from many angles that proves relevant for anyone with vigorous passions outside standard domesticity.
I wonder if this is what it was like for my ex-wife when all I talk about is film.
The least believable football fan in the least enthralling romantic drama in history? Some lovely sideburns in the '70s flashbacks, though.