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Big Fan (2009)

Patton Oswalt , Marcia Jean Kurtz , Robert Siegel  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patton Oswalt, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Michael Rapaport, Matt Servitto, Gino Cafarelli
  • Directors: Robert Siegel
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VJVCGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Fan" on IMDb

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Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt), a 35-year-old parking attendant who lives at home with his mother, is the self-described world s biggest New York Giants fan. He spends his off hours calling local sports-radio stations where he rants in support of his beloved team. One night, Paul and his best friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop and follows his limo to a strip club. Paul decides to approach his hero but things don t go as planned. The chance encounter brings Paul s world crashing down around him as his family, the team, the media and the authorities engage in a tug of war over Paul, testing his allegiances and calling into question everything he believes in.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The NFL is.

This is a chilling depiction of how obsession with a sports team morphs into a genuine psychological pathology. This uber-Giants fan loses all perspective in his identification with his favorite team and player, despite the fact that the latter beats him to within an inch of his life. Sad commentary on modern life and how devoid of meaning it can be that people develop unhealthy attachments to a sports team.

At times the movie was hard to watch, but it was well done in depicting the dark underbelly of sports obsession.

As to this movie, it made me a big fan...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is near Pefection February 25, 2012
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From the first time I saw this movie, I've been comparing it to Taxi Driver, which I thought was one of the Darkest Films I've seen, but Big Fan is Darker, because I believe there are more Pauls than Travis's in the World around us, people who are wound up so tight due to the way their lives have turned out that they resort to drastic measures. The key to a good Psychotic Study such as this is the belief it could happen (I know about the comparison of Travis and John Hinckley and Jodie Foster) The other thing I enjoyed was the brilliant permormance by the entire Cast, Patton Oswalt should have won an Oscar for this Performance, The woman who played his Mother did not Utter one false word in her entire performance, and the rest of the cast was equally impressive, including Paul's Sister-in-Law with the distracting Boob-Job (they were perfect for the part)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Robert Siegel, the talented new screenwriter responsible for the indie hit, 'The Wrestler', now has written and directed his own feature on a limited budget. 'Big Fan' chronicles the misadventures of Staten Island resident Paul Aufiero, a fanatical New York (football) Giants fan who's in his mid-thirties and still lives at home with his mother. Paul works at a dead-end job as a parking attendant but has no interest in finding a new career. Instead, he pals around with Sal, his best friend, who is equally fanatical about the Giants. The obsessed couple reminds me of the hapless Garth and Wayne from Wayne's World in that they seem to revel in their social awkwardness.

The fun of 'Big Fan is to see just how far Paul will go in his obsession with his beloved Giants. A good part of the obsession revolves around Paul's late night calls to a New York sports talk radio station. He's earned a reputation as the special caller from Staten Island, mainly known for his aggressive put-downs of the Philadelphia Eagle football team as well as their fans (Paul has a particularly noxious rivalry with his counterpart in Philadelphia, who also makes numerous late night calls to the station). In his provincial world, Paul fancies himself the king of all Giant fans but doesn't have the self-confidence to speak spontaneously when he calls into the radio talk show (instead he writes down what he wants to say on a pad of paper and reads it over the air, only to have his canned speech interrupted by his mother who ends up castigating him over the phone while the radio audience can hear everything she says).

Due to their low paying jobs, Paul and Sal can't afford to buy a ticket and go inside the stadium to watch the Giants.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My bias against spectator sports ... February 5, 2010
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My bias against spectator sports means I don't watch sports, don't watch movies about sports. But this movie tweaked my interest and I'm glad it did. It isn't about sports ... not even so much about sports fans, though that is the backdrop of the movie. For me, it was about people who don't "fit in" finding a place of their own, a place to feel not alone. This sweet, sad, and funny movie is incredibly well done. Paul and Sal are unforgettable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Should Be Shown On ESPN November 20, 2010
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Format:DVD
I am a HUGE sports fan & if you think this film is far fetched...Please turn on any sports radio program...Paul Phinbomb comes to mind...a bunch of out of work losers over obessed with their teams...Sports can be a healthy distraction of the stresses of reality...but like any pleasure too much of it can send you into living a false reality...Two Tennese Vols football players robbed a young man at gun point, he dropped the charges hoping that in his own words "Would help the team"...This movie should be shown on ESPN, maybe it will wake some people up
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan March 24, 2010
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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". He lives at home with his mother, spending his off hours calling in to local sports-radio station 760 The Zone, where he rants in support of his beloved team, often against his mysterious on-air rival, Eagles fan Philadelphia Phil. His family berates him for doing nothing with his life, but they don't understand the depth of his love of the Giants or the responsibility his fandom carries. "Big Fan" manages to combine just the right amount of comedy in what is most definitely a drama. The acting is surprisingly good, with both Oswalt and Corrigan turning in great performances. The direction causes the movie to be boring in some parts. It is a low budget production, but I felt it was pretty good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good August 19, 2010
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Big Fan is a much better movie than I expected. Patton Oswalt does a great job of portraying an obsessed sports fan who is beaten up by his favorite player. There was good acting and an exciting finish. This is definitely the movie for you if you're a sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for Oswalt fans like myself.
Patton Oswalt is AMAZING in this film! He brings an amazing performance in this tale about a hapless Giants fan who receives a beating from his favorite player. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Giants fans vs Eagles fans
A good film, which points out how asinine many people are who have no lives except their sports teams and how little of that respect and devotion is reciprocated. Yes it is funny. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Duane R. Wirdel
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan, Big Performance
Patton Oswalt is perfectly cast as a guy whose life is the Giants, a call-in sports talk show, his friend Sal, and nothing else. Is he a loser? Quick answer, sure. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Inflential mainstream modern culture
I believe that the culture of this die hard fan is exemplified in this comedy tragedy movie.
Paul a parking lot attendant resorts to stalking an Eagles Fan in order to take... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Kalman
5.0 out of 5 stars Patton Delivers Big
Patton delivers a powerful performance. This is really kind of a dark comedy. If you are hoping for something reminiscent of his stand-up, or other comedic entries then be careful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by noodles
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Very few sports films delve into the unstable minds of die-hard fans. These characters might seem unrealistic to anyone who is unfamiliar with sports culture, but they are quite... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MikeAngelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for any football fan!
Bought as a gift. I had seen this movie a couple times and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it to football fans.
Published 15 months ago by Free Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This movie is a much watch if you are a sports fan or if you know someone who takes sports extremely serious.
Published 16 months ago by Nasty Pete
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong performance by Patton Oswalt
This movie probably deserves a higher rating more consistent with mainstream reviewers. Certainly the performance of Patton Oswalt is exemplary. Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by M. Oleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood Movie I Believe
It's nice to see a movie every once in a while where the bad guy wins or (in this case) the loser loses. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by Brad Hall
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It is a great movie and I was hoping for commentary. See one of the reviews for an extensive list of what features are there. No commentary, though!
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