Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA/Germany, 2005. Fox 2000 Pictures, Flower Films, Wildgaze Films, Alan Greenspan Productions, Mars Media Beteiligungs. Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti. Produced by Drew Barrymore, Alan Greenspan, Nancy Juvonen, Gil Netter, Amanda Posey, Bradley Thomas. Music by Craig Armstrong. Production Design by Maher Ahmad. Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff. Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten.
Poor remake of the British film now has the Peter Pan-complexed male hero obsessed with baseball instead of football (aka soccer). Jimmy Fallon plays a schoolteacher who brings his top mathematics students to Drew Barrymore‘s office on a school trip to see how their field of study is being used practically by a working adult. Immediately smitten with her, Fallon asks Barrymore out on a date and they begin a charming little romance, that is until baseball season hits and she suddenly becomes a much-diminished priority. She is willing at first to put up with his near-infantile obsession with the Boston Red Sox, but when she realizes that he has no room for any other passion she begins to wilt in her affection for him. Barrymore has never been more luminous, perfectly believable as the immediate apple of Fallon’s eye, but he gives a terribly weak performance and never makes his character sympathetic for a moment. The two of them have very little chemistry, and the plot wavers between silly and sweet without every finding a comfortable medium, then ends with a whimper of a lame conclusion. The Farrelly brothers, working from someone else’s script, can’t do much with the lukewarm characters (particularly when the leads are hanging out with their friends) but they do inject a little life here and there.