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Movie Reviews: Fever Pitch and Ocean's 13


Fever Pitch is a cutesy cute and very funny romantic comedy. It was released in 2005 and stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. Ben is a math teacher who meets Lindsay when he brings his best math students into her workplace to see a real professional who uses math in her career. He ends up going back later to ask her out. Originally, she turns him down because he doesn't seem like her type. She is an up and coming overachiever, while he is a down to earth math teacher. Her friends encourage Lindsay to give him a chance, and she is very impressed during their first date. When Ben arrives, Lindsay has food poisoning, and she is vomiting up every possible shred of food. He cleans up the mess, takes care of her, and even brushes her dog's teeth after Rin-Tin-Tin decides her regurgitated vittals look tasty.

One of her friend's muses, "There must be something wrong with him." Why isn't Ben married yet? But all seems well until baseball season rolls around. You see, Ben is a Red Sox fan. Big deal, right? But he is one of THOSE fans, who cannot miss a game and owns every piece of paraphernalia there is. He inherited the seats from his deceased uncle, and now it runs his life during the summer. Lindsay first views this with amusement, then surprise, then annoyance, and finally rebellion. Can these two jerk one out of the park and make this relationship work?


This was a very cute film. I was surprised at how clean it was since it is one of those Farrelly brothers movies. I would recommend it for a stay-at-home date night or any couples with a die-hard baseball fan. I enjoyed it all by myself, too, so don't think you have to watch it with a guy.

Ocean's 13 was also loads of fun. I heard many mixed reviews, but it is officially official, I can't not like these movies. There is just something about them. I used to think it was about the cleverness these fellas use in breaking into the next casino. But it's more than that. These 11 guys have a brotherhood, a fellowship that would make even Frodo proud. In fact, this time around, the gang is defending one of their own. Their buddy Reuben (Elliot Gould) has just had a heart attack all thanks to that no good Willie Bank (Al Pacino). He plays a new casino owner that set up a deal with Reuben and then forces Reuben to sell his half of the property and assets. Saul is so hurt and shocked he has a heart attack and almost dies. Billy Ocean (George Clooney) gives Bank a chance: Give Saul his share back or feel the wrath of my gang.

Of course, Bank fails to comply, and the fun begins. The group's plan is to find ways to make this casino lose big and in ways it cannot recover from. There are several components: Rig the machines so that all the customers win more cash than the casino can afford, create an earthquake so that the customers cannot lose the money back to the casino, create a horrible experience for a guest that reviews hotels so that he will write a defamatory report, pay a bunch of high rollers to leave, and steal diamonds that are the prize possession of Bank. They want to humiliate him and restore Reuben's honor.

I love all of the characters in the Ocean series, in particular Casey Affleck and Scott Caan as the Malloy brothers. They are always mucking everything up and making friends. This time they are to rig the plant in Mexico that will create the casino's dice. But as a detour that old softy Virgil Malloy (Affleck) ends up enciting the Mexican workers to riot for a pay increase. It's just enough to make you want to go Awww . . .

Comments

Jennie said…
Have you seen the original Fever Pitch with Colin Firth and Arsenal Football?
zee said…
I have not seen that version. Is it much different? When did it come out?

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