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Big Fan

4.1 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Patton Oswalt, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Michael Rapaport, Matt Servitto, Gino Cafarelli
  • Directors: Robert Siegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VJVCGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Fan" on IMDb

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By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on February 20, 2010
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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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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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*** 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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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 favorite sports team is at times unhealthy and at others times his devotion is make or break. Don't want to give up too much but if you like sports movies you'll like this story I'd give it a 7 out of 10 stars
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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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I'm a huge Patton Oswalt fan so to be fair, he'd have to be pretty awful for me not to find him wonderful. That being said, I think he was magnificent in this. I imagine he is much like his character in the movie as I know he has struggled with depression throughout his life. In the movie, I feel he is hauntingly lonely and the pain and embarrassment is palpable. Patton is fast-becoming one of my favorite actors. I love this movie and am very happy to have it as part of my collection.
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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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