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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...
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.Read more ›
Ok..I saved 12.00. But I was WRONG. This is a VERY good movie. It is not a Hollywood
tried and true. It is an original. Patton's performance as a late 30's loser with
nothing to live for except the GIANTS, is superb. It depicts Reality in an unreal
world of Patton's obsession. His mother, bless her confused heart, saves EVERY
single Chinese duck sauce and soy sauce packet she has ever had. (Don't we ALL?)
Patton's obsession as a stalker is EXACTLY what the Papparazzi do. They stalk
out a star, and FOLLOW them to a destination. This is a gritty, nasty,
depressing, unpretty world. But this is the LIFE so many lead.
At a diner, Paul (Patton) pours sugar into a COKE. I must admit,
as a sugar freak, unable to break the habit, I have NEVER reached
that manic phase where I need sugar to make my sugar filled Coke'
taste even sweeter. Poor Paul, his poor mother, his pushy
A-hole brither, and the of course ego maniac Football star.
IT ALL WORKS. SEE IT. I must say the ENDING can he a bit
of a cop out...would be curious to see if there is an
alternate ending. But Patton Oswald is an ACTOR.
I was wrong about not paying to see this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes you shake your head at rabid sports fans, but then, haven't we all been obsessed with something at one point in our lives? Read morePublished 16 days ago by Christinetripi
Great movie. I bought this for a friend I wanted to see the movie also and he loved it as well.Published 24 days ago by Emily's Mom
Kind of a bizarre, dark movie... I really liked it!!!!!!!!!!!Published 6 months ago by Michele OSullivan
Rare film-ESSPECIALLY since ONLY a big city's, independent video store could provide it. AMAZON PRIME to the rescue again. BIG FAN-Excellent, little movie. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joshua Newburger
I watched this movie on Sundance Channel and completely enjoyed it and added to my library, Patton Oswalt played a very believable character (football guy) who's obsession with his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by PK3
if you love dark comedies, this is a great view into to the mind of the beat down common man and American dysfunction in general. Read morePublished 6 months ago by doug hugenberg