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The Perfect Catch

Ben (Jimmy Fallon), is a teacher who is good at his job and great to his friends. One day, he meets Lindsey (Drew Barrymore), a fast working corporate executive who has little time for romance. However, they both start dating and sparks fly. Unfortunately for Lindsey, Ben has another passion - he is a lifelong follower of the Red Sox baseball team, and goes to every single game and collects anything to do with this team. Eventually Ben has to make a choice between having the girl or letting go of his obsession with the sports team. The story takes place over the baseball season, as we see the ups and down of the team and also of their relationship.

Bobby & Peter Farrelly are the directors of this, and do a very fine job. They are well known for their ‘gross out’ comedies such as There’s Something About Mary,
Me Myself & Irene, and Shallow Hal. The Farrelly brothers have changed tack for this film by being very low key and allowing the humour come out of the situations, instead of relying on the sight gags they are well known for. Their films have always had an undercurrent of social commentary to them, and this film explores how obsession can grip someone to the detriment of everything else in their life. This film is based on a novel by Nick Hornby, who also penned About A Boy & High Fidelity, both made into successful films.

Jimmy Fallon as Ben does a very good job of portraying the obsessed fan and his dilemma in trying to wean himself off the love for baseball. At times you feel sympathetic for his character, and others you just wish he’d grow up! Fallon hasn’t done much film work - his last film was the awful Taxi, so it’s good to see that he can actually act in this one. Drew Barrymore is good as always in a very mature role. Her character is definitely not a push over, and does her best to go along with Ben’s fan worship. However, when her character is pushed to the limit, it’s up to Ben which is more important to him. Barrymore and Fallon make quite a charming pair, and are very believable in their roles. The rest of the cast do a fine job in their small parts, and help drive the story along at a brisk pace.

This is a very easy going film, which doesn’t outstay it’s welcome, and has a good message to say amongst the carry on. The Farrelly brothers inject a different sort of humour to proceedings and it makes a refreshing change to their usual work. It does stick fairly closely to the romantic comedy formula, however the engaging performances of the leads keep things reasonably unpredictable. A quite adequate crowd pleaser.

Rating out of 10: 6 and a half

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