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Big Fan (2009)

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director:

Robert Siegel (as Robert D. Siegel)

Writer:

Robert Siegel (as Robert D. Siegel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patton Oswalt ... Paul Aufiero
Kevin Corrigan ... Sal
Michael Rapaport ... Philadelphia Phil
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Paul's Mom
Serafina Fiore ... Gina Aufiero
Gino Cafarelli ... Jeff Aufiero
Jonathan Hamm Jonathan Hamm ... Quantrell Bishop
Matt Servitto ... Detective Velardi
Joe Garden Joe Garden ... Dennis
Polly Humphreys ... Christine
Scott Ferrall ... Sports Dogg
Sidné Anderson ... Hospital Doctor (as Sidne Anderson)
Julian Lane Julian Lane ... Birthday Boy
Caroline Gallo Caroline Gallo ... Gina and Jeff Daughter
Maya Louise Dispenza Maya Louise Dispenza ... Christine and Dennis Daughter
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Storyline

Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. Written by Big Fan Productions, Inc.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Robert Siegel Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,266, 30 August 2009

Gross USA:

$234,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$234,540
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite its premise, the film contains no football. See more »

Goofs

When driving to Giant Stadium from Staten Island, the montage shows signs of the NJ Turnpike South. East Rutherford is north of Staten Island. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: How do you get a concussion when you don't got any fucking brains?
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Soundtracks

Bad Trails
Written by Tyondai Braxton, Ian Williams, David Konopka, John Stanier
Performed by Battles
Courtesy of Warp Records
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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Oswalt surprises in basically serious movie
24 September 2009 | by jmydgeekSee all my reviews

Oswalt plays a guy you might call a loser, but his character wouldn't agree. He's not as over-the-top into loserdom as DiNiro in "King of Comedy." He's not delusional, in other words, just passionate. His team means more than anything to him, and if they are doing OK, he is content. In his world, he has status, and he's just not interested in anything outside that world.

I was surprised to see real acting going on, not comedy. (I won't say "just" comedy - that's hard as hell and takes real talent.) Nothing milked for laughs, nothing that broke the boundaries of the world of the story. A reviewer said Oswalt was "fearless", and I agree. William Goldman wrote of stars that you can never make their parts cool enough for them. That's why so many movies are so terrible. Oswalt has never seemed that interested in being cool. Instead, he dives into his character, as sympathetic or unsympathetic as the moment requires. Not a shtick: character.

It is a low budget production, but I felt it was adequate. The production values didn't hurt. And it is funny, just not 3 jokes / page of script.


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