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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.
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
My girlfriend is a fanatical Arsenal Fan, I'm a big Liverpool fan, generally on nights like tonight when they are both on TV in the Champions League we will go to the pub and watch them. But we have a four week old baby, so we watch a film together about Arsenal and how by beating Liverpool they save a guys love life.
Leaving aside how it brings back painful memories of being 16 and watching Michael Thomas spoil my night on a chip shop TV the movie has a few flaws. It's an intelligently written film that has a lot to say about men and football and smaller but still significant amount to say about men and their friends…
I remember liking this movie a lot when I initially watched it several years ago, but having recently read the book the movie now seems like just a superficial shell of the source material. Still well worth a watch if you're into soccer--especially if you're an Arsenal fan--but if either of those things are true, you should probably make the book your priority.
Was super excited to see a young Mark Strong playing Colin Firth's leading man's best bud. Couldn't help but think of the actors' reunion as even closer companions in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.
Sarah Hughes: Paul, it's only a game!
Paul Ashworth: DON'T SAY THAT! Please! That is the worst, most stupid thing anyone could say! Cause it quite clearly isn't "only a game." I mean if it was do you honestly think I'd care this much? Eh? Eighteen years! Eight-teen years! Do you know what you wanted eighteen years ago? Or ten? Or five? Did you want to be Head of Year at North London Comprehensive, I doubt it. I'd doubt if you wanted anything for that long. And if you had, and if you'd spent three months thinking that finally, FINALLY you were gonna get it and just when you think it's there it's taken away from you... I mean I don't care what it is, a car, a job, an Oscar, the baby... then you'd understand how I was feeling tonight. But there isn't, and you don't, so...
A romantic comedy that’s neither romantic nor comedic, and a sports film that balances out the competing interests of sports fans and non-fans in the audience by not offering anything of interest for either. I can't begin to fathom how this emerged from the same gene pool as About a Boy and High Fidelity, yet here we are. Could a film actually be so bad that a remake starring Jimmy Fallon might actually be an improvement? I'm not foolish enough to actually test this idea, but I suspect that with Fallon onscreen, at least you know he’ll be laughing at the script throughout, even if nobody else is.
Set against the background of the 1988/89 English football season the film follows Paul (Colin Firth) an Arsenal obsessed school teacher. As the season progresses the ups and downs of his teams fortunes seem to be mirrored in his new relationship with fellow teacher Sarah (Ruth Gemmell). Can their relationship survive the season and, more importantly, can Arsenal win the league?
Nick Hornby's romantic comedy was remade less successfully for US audiences in 2005 using baseball as the obsession. The film plays on a level of nostalgia that will strike a chord with UK audiences and gives the film a warmth and love for its theme that is difficult to resist. (Unless you are a fan of particular Merseyside team…
Watching this is probably the closest I'll ever come to understanding the fascination with competitive sports. This story one has one of the most warm, satisfying resolutions in memory that gives hope for any of the hopelessly obsessed.
god I hate sport so much
Colin Firth is great even when the film isn't. It wears its message on its sleeves. I believe Colin Firth at the end of the film even states exactly what the message is.
Him - her - football. An inusual threesome. Especially when she is the unwanted third party.
From Nick Hornby's famous novel, Fever Pitch is a funny movie about the 'addiction' of football.
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