Fever Pitch (2005; Bobby and Peter Farrelly) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 35
“IMDB was as uninterested in this movie as I was.”
Boston sports antagonists Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell compile their laziest, most mismatched baseball metaphors to review Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s Fever Pitch, a romantic comedy that swings for the fences but instead drops the ball.
Jimmy Fallon stars as Ben, a man-child sports jerk whose all-encompassing obsession with the Boston Red Sox gets in the way of his relationship with career gal Lindsey, played by Drew Barrymore.
This episode was recorded just a few days after the Red Sox won the most boring World Series ever, which did nothing to distract the hosts from a slapdash, clumsy, poorly acted and pervasively false film filled with precocious movie kids, nonstop needle drops and a barrage of “washing your balls” jokes.
Daniel and Corky use their most irritating and offensive Boston accents to revive their Lowell Ganz vs. Babaloo Mandel debate, while also discussing lobster hands, Fallout 4 locations and The Great Gatsby-themed birthday parties.
U.S. home video release date: April 8, 2005
Box office: $50 million worldwide (production budget of $30 million)
Critic scores: 65 on Rotten Tomatoes; 56 on Metacritic
This week’s craft beer: Revision Brewing‘s Citra City (8.5% ABV)
This week’s Darer: Darcey Self
Why did Darcey dare Daniel and Corky to watch Fever Pitch? “Because Jimmy Fallon is an amazing actor. And baseball.”
IMDB synopsis: “Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.”
This week’s referenced movies: Fever Pitch (1997 version); Dumb and Dumber; Kingpin; The Philadelphia Story; Annie Hall; Harold and Maude; Exorcist II: The Heretic; Sleepaway Camp; No, No, Nanette; Old School; Caddyshack; Gotti
Ratings for Fever Pitch: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Dare