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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 ›
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I was initially worried this was headed down a weird, self-indulgent path, but was pleasantly surprised. Would definitely watch again.Published 3 months ago by Ian Calbreath
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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Emily's Mom
Kind of a bizarre, dark movie... I really liked it!!!!!!!!!!!Published 11 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 11 months ago by Joshua Newburger