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Friday, July 17, 2009

BIG FAN

By D.E.Levine

Director: Robert D. Siegel
Assistant Director: Yori Tondrowski
Writer: Robert D. Siegel
Producers: Jean Kouremetis and Elan Bogarin
Executive Producer: Jen Cohn
Co-producer: Joshua Trak
Associate Producers: Nick Gallo and Mike Loew
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Michael Rapaport, Matt Servitto, Gino Cafarelli, Serafina Fiore, Janathan Hamm, Joe Garden, Polly Humphries
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt plays the ultimate Giants fan. A 36-year old toll booth attendant in a parking garage, he listens to sports radio all day, scribbles notes and delivers his own diatribes to his favorite call-in show at night from the Staten Island home he shares with his mother.

Unable to afford tickets to the Giants games, he and his pal Sal head to the Meadowlands for every game but wind up watching it on TV in the parking lot.

A chance encounter with Paul's favorite Giant, linebacker Quantrell Bishop results in their following him to a strip club in NYC where unaware of social barriers they approach the Giant and Paul is beaten up by the linebacker.

Despite nearly being killed by his hero, and urged by his affluent lawyer brother to sue, Paul practices denial, obstinacy, and refusal to discontinue his hero worship. After the Giants put Bishop on suspension because of the incident, Paul refuses to press charges.
Bishop
A detective hounds Paul for his version of the events and his brother files a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the player despite Paul's opposition.

Paul returns to work fretting that Bishop's continued absence will allow the Philadelphia Eagles to win the division championship.

There are additional twists and turn, s to the script and in the end Siegel pulls a surprise.

Oswalt embodies a warped personality destined to live out his life getting worse instead of improving. It is only Oswalt's comedic timing that allows us to stand Paul throughout the picture, otherwise his presence would be truly grating on the nerves.