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Review: Big Fan (2009)

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Netflix has Big Fan listed as a comedy. If it is, it is one of the darkest comedies ever made. The film follows hardcore New York Giants fan, Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) as he lives his boring life as a parking garage attendant. His only meaningful relationship is that with his favorite football team, and the only time he truly expresses himself is when he is calling in to sports talk radio shows. Then, in a bizzare turn of events, he trails his favorite player into a club one night (and sports fans can tell you, nothing good happens at clubs with athletes). Paul ends up getting the snot knocked out of him and wakes up 3 days later. His hero is now suspended, and the Giants fall into a tailspin. Paul takes each loss as his fault and fights with his family, refusing to take any action against the superstar.

I really had no preconceived opinions on this movie, and I was pleasantly surprised at the realism that it portrays. I know there are people out there who would do the same exact things as Paul. Even though the plot near the end seemed ridiculous, the buildup to that point makes it completely plausible. It’s dark, somewhat psychological, and delusional. If that’s your thing, go ahead and check out Big Fan.

My Rating: B

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