Big Fan (2009)

 


 

Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.
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Genre: Comedy,Crime,Drama,Sport

Big Fan (2009)
   
Release Date:
Country: USA
Director: Robert D. Siegel
Cast:
  • Patton Oswalt
  • Kevin Corrigan
  • Michael Rapaport
  • Marcia Jean Kurtz
  • Gino Cafarelli
  • Matt Servitto
  • Serafina Fiore
  • Polly Humphreys
  • Joe Garden
  • Jonathan Hamm
  • Sidné Anderson
  • Joe Caniano
  • Tom Epstein
  • Miranda Rhyne
  • Bobby Rickert
  • Annette Santrello


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33 Responses to Big Fan (2009)

  1. Cobb05
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    He shoots Phil with a paintball gun (do they really make paintball guns with a clip, that look like real guns?) and runs away. First off, he would’ve gotten his ass kicked by everyone in that bar. Philly fans are psychos. Second, why would he go to prison for shooting a guy with a paintball gun? He has a lawyer for a brother and this was obviously his first offense. So it seems a little unrealistic that he would be in prison for shooting someone with a paintball gun.

  2. andrew_d14
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    no closure whatsoever and pauls life remains the same.

  3. cellphonefred
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    Deal with it!

  4. me600772000
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    I dont get all the high remarks. Terrible acting by Patton. How can this movie be taken seriously when he lives with his mother?!?! Was anything resolved at the end of the film? I dont think so… So stupid when hes calling the sports show later on in the movie about setting the record straight, and his mom intervenes about how she has to wake up early in the morning to have her surgery. So pointless and stupid. A 36-37 year old guy gets beatin up by his hero and isnt bothered by it?!?! This guy was acting like a 12 year old. "I dont like root beer!!!" "Mom *beep* hang up the *beep* phone." Whats with the temper tantrums?!?! Hated the ending also. What was he charged with? Paintball assault?? God I hated everything about this movie…

  5. kapnkirk
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    That’s why a lot of viewers have a lot of problems when they see a character like Paul. He’s hardcore and doesn’t bend. He doesn’t go along with the crowd and that’s why his family will NEVER understand him. He’s not interested in winning a prize because he does what he does because he LOVES it. Any fool can follow the crowd. He’s just one in a long line of great men who refuse to compromise. History has forgotten most of their names but a few have survived-men called Einstein, Columbus, Patton, Edison and Salinger.

    "No! That’s not true at all. Elvis takes fifty percent of everything I earn." Col. Parker

  6. tmv_8700
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    Anyone hear this line and wish they would have left it out. I mean I thought it was funny because I would be extremely pissed if my team did that and didn’t get it. But I can’t imagine why any team would do that. Funny either way though, just seems unrealistic of the Giants doing that, if it were the Bills than yeah.

  7. Rumek
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    It really seemed to me that his brother was correct about Paul not being able to make his own decisions. He did not make a good decision throughout the entire movie. He doesn’t seem fit to take care of himself.

  8. prodbabies
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    OK, I am posting because I find it astonishing that Blockbuster considers itself the leader in video….yet here is a title that it does not carry in any of its store locations (I split time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and neither of these big cities have stores with this title) and its on-line service has a "VERY LONG WAIT" for the title representing that they acquired hardly any copies.

    At first I thought the release was delayed….but have since learned that retail stores all have it and Netflix was streaming it….yet BB = Nothing!!

    Rarely is there a film I actually wait to see, but I like Patton O. and heard the film "Big Fan" was really good.

    This definitely has me reconsidering whether I should continue a service with Blockbuster!! No wonder this company has been hurting!! It’s self-inflicted!!

    Rant Over!!

  9. raW_guMs
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    I wanted to strangle everyone in this movie. Yet, I kept watching.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICnndwEEEg

  10. gary-chris
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    He drove to the stadium, payed for parking just to watch the game from the lot. That made no sense.

  11. eyscream4u
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    Okay, so Patton Oswald’s character lives with his mother well into his thirties. Okay, so his only family is an *beep* Long Island douchebag retard brother with a moron for a wife. Okay, so his only friend seems to have a mild form of autism or some sort of emotion inhibiting disorder and he listens to the radio until the early hours of the morning so he can hear Patton Oswald’s character rant against The Eagles–with an intensely off-putting homo-erotic smile on his dumb face. Okay, so his mother listens in on his calls, contiually abuses him emotionally,never misses an opportunity to call him a loser, and tells him repeatedly that his life is empty, worthless, and meaningless; all whilst rummaging through his trash can to find giant balls of tissues that he has used to clean up after masturbation, which is surely one of the only pleasant thing in the guy’s life. She breaks his balls about that one too. Okay, so this guy works literally almost underground in a dimly lit parking garage where he pens his epic monologues for the night’s performance on the radio. Okay, so I saw Darren Arronofsky’s the Wrestler in December last year, and I was blown away to the point of tears with sympathy, compassion, and admiration for the Mickey Rourke’s character Randy "The Ram" Robinski; it was an outstanding film which used its bleak tone as a means of transcendence for its characters.

    Okay, so this is one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. After establishing the facts of Patton Oswald’s character’s life, which probably takes about half an hour, but seems more like two or three hours, the film proceeds to outline one of the creepiest, downright humanity-destroying series of events I have ever witnessed. Now, full disclosure, I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan, but I went to this film with an open mind, and I would have even cheered if they had succeeded in the ending. This, however, was not the case. Beyond having to live his life as a fan of one of the trashiest, worst teams in professional sports and live in the constant shadow of the might Philadelphia Eagles (just a joke, I’ll keep it to the film), the guy has no hope, nor any aspiration to hope. He his on the lowest rung of the ladder. And, if he is honest when he tells his mother that his life is turning out just as he would like (which I find nearly impossible to believe), having to watch it play out for 85 unrelenting minutes is downright depressing. And in anticipation of the comment, "No one forced you to see it," I know. I chose to see it. I’m simply reflecting on my reaction to the film. I love Patten Oswald and I think he has a great potential for dramatic acting, but this film did not utilize his talents. His character is moderately likeable, but ultimately, one which I could not root for; even in the face of the complete *beep* Philly Phil. Still, paint ball gunning down a rival sports show caller in a single-toilet men’s room in a sports bar goes so far beyond pathetic, that it made me cringe. I got douche chills. As he runs triumphantly down the street from the cops, meant to be the exciting payoff for all the depressing bullsh*t, I couldn’t help but think, "Wow, what a retarded way to go to prison for assualt and battery."

    Also, just to all the Giants fans out there, if you loved this movie, remember to take note of the fact that in the last game showdown between The Birds and The G-Men–the one in which the division is on the line–The Eagles crush The Giants. And, in order to be fair, after that they probably went on to the NFC Championship game and lost by a field goal or something. Still a horribly depressing movie.

  12. Far_Liath
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    Why wasn’t Sal questioned about the incident (assuming he wasn’t), he did witness the entire thing. Would his testimony alone not be enough to indict Quantrell Bishop?

  13. jonricco
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    Is it me or did this movie leave people empty. After Paul was beaten up at the strip club the director kept waffling with Paul’s character. He was an ungrateful jerk living in his moms house calling the late night sports show. His mom would complain about being loud on the phone and he never showed any sympathy toward his old mom who let him live with her. Why didn’t he get his own place? She has the fight with him calling him sick in the head. Was she wrong? I thought you would see more of an insight to his character because the guy wasn’t dealing with a full deck. I didn’t understand him nor did I find him the hero or antihero. There was no reasonable character except his brother the lawyer who wanted to sue the player. This is a grossly seedy look at sports fans. I thought the bathroom scene at the bar was similar to "Talk Radio" or "Taxi Driver" but it would end with Paul oblivious to his crime and looking at the next years schedule joyfully in prison. What? I thought it was very poorly developed.

  14. kinnyhova
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    Paul: can i use your internet?

    Sal: try "stopping a lawsuit"

    Paul: i thought u could find anything on this

    Sal: the lawyers probably don’t want that information made public

    Paul: yeah, that makes sense

    Hell is my natural habitat

  15. adamgha
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    1. Eagles suck.

    2. If you get thrown in prison, make sure you are released the week of a big game.

    3. Try to be quiet when you call in to a sports radio show.

    4. Don’t follow your heroes to cocaine buys.

    5. If you DO follow your heroes to cocaine buys, DON’T TELL THEM ABOUT IT.

    Continue in this thread or right here:

    http://100thingsilearned.com/view.php?id=279

    Cheers!



    Adam

    100 Things I Learned: The Website

    http://www.100thingsilearned.com

  16. kinnyhova
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    Love the movie and thought Patton Oswalt’s performance was great.

    The only thing that bothered me was when he called into the SportsDog his calls were weak and the SportsDog would talk about how "Paul from Staten Island always brings the heat" and how he was caller of the month??? Oswalt knows NOTHING about sports and has admitted that he never listened to sports talk in his life. I know his character was a weak individual but I think they should have made his sports talk persona stronger.

    Hell is my natural habitat

  17. uhhuh47300
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    I may be mistaken, but I’m quite certain that toward the beginning of the movie, Bishop is referred to as a pass rusher, and later called a star linebacker, but most of the film portrays him as a quarterback.

    Did anyone else notice this?

    Trace

  18. wilmoe
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    Maybe I’m missing something here, but it is quite clear that Paul has access to a cell phone. In that case, why doesn’t he call the radio show outside his house? Why does he have to do it inside where his mom keeps yelling at him?

    If it’s because he needs to listen to the radio as he’s calling, can’t he do that in his car? Or at his friend’s house? Why does it have to be in his house?

    Loved this movie, btw, but this confused me.

  19. gary135r
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    did anybody else notice the Bin Laden T-shirt Paul’s friend was wearing? I wonder what kind of statement the director was trying to make seeing that this movie is based in New York city.

  20. kinnyhova
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    nice touch.

    Hell is my natural habitat

  21. CaeserOct0
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    At the end when Paul is running from the cops, what is the song that is playing?

    Thanks in advance.

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  22. nacholujan
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    I’ve read on this forum that Paul’s character lacks direction, evolvement, hero or anti-hero actions, etc., but I think most of you don’t see that Paul is a satire of the fanaticism with football that borders (or crosses) into OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). He constantly rejects his mother and is oblivious to his life around him while living through his beloved New York Giants triumphs and failures as his core of life. His sanctuary is the stadium, his god is Quantrell Bishop and his fellow followers are, well, his only friend Sal. He’s the big enchilada in the Sport Dogg’s radio show and has an nemesis is Philadelphia Phil which disrespects his life by insulting his team. Practically the Giants are his life, his family, his children, his everything and he will protect them to the very end. Paul is not a loser, he’s a winner in his world, albeit a weird one, but a winner none of the less because he achieved his goal of eliminating his nemesis, Philadelphia Phil, protected his team by dropping the charges and looks forward to the season because, maybe, that could be the "one".

  23. Anonymous
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  24. joe_rousteau
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    Was anyone else expecting to see the guy from Mad Men pop up?

  25. lawn_furniture
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    the original artwork for the dvd. The dvd artwork is awful.

  26. Anonymous
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  27. nwoolf85
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    After watching Big Fan I am puzzled why Sal didn’t win Best Supporting Actor. If only Sal had more screen time to build his great character he could have proven himself as the benevolent friend. Sal seemed to be living vicariously through Paul. I was hoping that we’d learn more about Sal, his unwavering loyalty, his sense of integrity, and maybe what he does for a living. His speech about root beer being good for Paul because it comes from the earth was profound. The sparkle in his eyes when he listens (in bed) to Paul on Sports Dog shows his ability to delve into the mind of a super fan. He never lets the viewer down through start to finish. The question I have is was Sal’s character supposed to represent Jesus?

  28. john_badman
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    Actually, I thought it was quite good; I’m just complying with IMDb’s unwritten rule that every film board must have a post decrying that film as the worst ever.

    I hope you all can understand.

  29. savagesketch13
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    The NFL doesn’t allow the use of their names and teams in many motion pictures. Think about all of the films about professional football that were centered around FICTIONAL teams compared to actual teams. How is it the producers of BIG FAN got a way with it this time?? Afterall, it doesn’t really put the NY Giants in the most flattering light (well, maybe not the entire team, but a player…)… You would think the NFL would have said no way to this one…

  30. richie-29
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    How did the filmmakers get the rights to use the NFL team names and logos? Especially since it’s a low budget film and it paints its fans in a not so flattering light.

  31. nwoolf85
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    If you watch closely enough there seems to be an aura around Sal. Almost as if the writer wanted us to read between the lines.

  32. wrthers_original
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    he knew that his brother only wanted money

    at the end of the day, that loser friend of his stuck by him and he still had his team

    people complain about the lack of character change, but he affirmed the dedication to the life he chooses to lead

  33. chrisgallant65
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    Is the radio host Sebastien Bach? It sounds just like him (if he modifies his voice a bit, obviously), but I can’t find anything about it…it’s bothering me!

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