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.
Pretty funny. Felt authentic, which is more than could ever be said for the Farrelly Brother iteration. The biggest issue might be that, at the heart of it, a pulse is hard to find. A well-acted film lacking an invigorating drive or moment of catharsis.
Can't believe I have never watched this before. Some very funny moments elevate a somewhat pedestrian screenplay. The book it is based on is nothing short of brilliant, but somehow it doesn't really work as a feature film.
Years prior to Colin Firth was coronated with the best actor in the 2011 Academy Awards for his role in "The King's Speech" as well as Mark Strong became the badass villain in movies like "Robin Hood" and "Sherlock Holmes", the pair looked the part of hardcore gooners, fans of Arsenal Football Club in the movie "Fever Pitch".
As much as I love the sport, I cannot envision myself see my personal life all intertwined with a fervent support for a football club, much less subjecting my other half to the brunt of it.
Based on a Nick Hornby's autobiography, Firth is the lead character Paul who was "baptized" by his father whom he would see on alternate weekends since…
I didn't like the American version of Fever Pitch because everybody devolved into romantic comedy cartoons that have no humanity. In this, we have two real people dealing with a real obsession. At times, Colin Firth's non-stop talking about Arsenal seems like it wouldn't fit with the conversation he was having, but mostly there was real love/fear/dedication towards the team. I loved Ruth Gemwell's character for how much she didn't tolerate him at times (and had a better reason for staying with him so long).
I apologize in advance, future wife
My fave Hornby book with Firth? Kiddin', right? :)
How life should be more important than being a fan. You tell me.
Best footie film ever. Even better than Escape to Victory ;-)
"This is a really good transfer of Nick Hornby's 'autobiography' from paper onto screen. The story doesn't follow the book to the letter, starts later, and finishes two seasons earlier, but the spirit and feel of the book is there on screen. Hornby's obsession with Arsenal to the exclusion of everything else, and the effect his obsession had on his family and love life is conveyed well. Unlike the book which is pretty much in chronological order, the film moves backwards and forwards in time a little. The scenes of 1970s home counties life were brilliant (although the book started in the 1960s, the film doesn't).
I'm not a fan of rom-coms and feel rather embarrassed to admit that the film had me in tears throughout most of its 100 minutes. The childhood scenes of the broken family and the relationship with his girlfriend - yes I snivelled through it all to my great surprise."
The lack of romantic chemistry between the leads really held this one back for me. It's a charming enough film but there's nothing about it really worth recommending.