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Plot: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described “world’s biggest New York Giants fan”. One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas station and decide to follow him. At a strip club Paul cautiously decides to approach him but the chance encounter brings Paul’s world crashing down around him.
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The sports religion
Patton Oswalt plays Paul Aufiero, the star of Big Fan, an indie drama about a New York Giants football fanatic. He eats and breaths blue and red and wants nothing more than for his team to go all the way. He works as a parking garage attendant where he takes money, opens the gate, and prepares his thoughts for the night’s radio broadcast where he is Paul from Staten Island. He calls to give his opinion about the team, how they will win, and tells another fellow caller, Philadelphia Phil, a proud Eagles fan, that he can basically go eat his own shorts.
He lives at home with his mother where he is bombarded with ideas and images of a better life thanks to his well of brother (Gino Cafarelli), a lawyer, and his brother-in-law who keeps after Paul with a job offer that he doesn’t want. Paul’s only haven is with his best and only friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan). They share a love for the game and a love for their team. One night they spot Quantrell Bishop, Paul’s favorite Giant. His idol of the gridiron. They see him coming out of a shady spot on Staten Island and decide to follow him all the way into a Manhattan night club. When they decide to approach they are met by a hostile Bishop who thinks they are stalkers. He beats Paul into the hospital where he is met by a barrage of questions from investigators and his lawyer brother. Now he is faced with the decision of turning a blind eye to what happened or pressing charges against his favorite player, likely causing his team a division title.
A round of applause to Oswalt for his performance. He really captured the spirit of his character. I am sure that there are many people out there similar to him (I can think of a few I know who border on this line of fan-hood). Oswalt is a stand-up comedian by trade, but lately has been dabbling with some acting roles. He was the voice of Remy in Pixar’s Ratatouille, one of their better casting jobs, and I particularly liked his cameo on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911” where he played a “gamer” like those from “World of Warcraft” and “Dungeon’s and Dragons”. Here he steps way out of his comfort zone and does so effortlessly.
This is a Robert D. Siegel’s directorial debut. After writing the screenplay for last year’s The Wrestler, he dives into a different sport: the sport of, well, watching sports. He presents us with another tragic character. Paul is someone who cares only for his team. Not himself, his family, or his future. He doesn’t care for his job and he doesn’t care about how he lives. He is a special kind of man.
Siegel does a nice job behind the camera, but his strength is clearly on paper. He does a great job establishing background for his characters. We know that Paul has been a die hard sports fan for a long time. We know that he has worked the same job and has lived the same routine for years and years. Little things like his mother saving Chinese food condiments and the cluttering of Paul’s bedroom walls with sports paraphernalia give these characters a history. One that we can relate to and have seen before.
This is a nice little film that has an excellent story with an even better ending. I really enjoyed the struggle that Paul goes through with all of the different pressures around him, trying to persuade him to go against his will. An excellent achievement for both Siegler and Oswalt.
How big is the small independent movie “Big Fan”? Well if you are a fervent football fan, then to certain extents you will relate to the film’s protagonist Paul Aufiero; a die hard New York Giants fan whose life revolves around following the pigskin team and one of its star players Linebacker Quantrell Bishop. If you are not a football aficionado, then my daring prediction is that you will still be taken by its narrative’s character study on obsession as a way of life. So “Big Fan” did not make big bucks at the box office. So what! It still sacked plenty of dynamic film-making richness in Writer-Director Robert Siegel’s brilliant look on one man’s fixation for his favorite football team. Patton Oswalt’s marvelous performance as Aufiero was of thespian Pro Bowl caliber. Oswalt fired away sorry maybe wrong choice of words for JFK Stadium Philly fans. What I meant to say is that Oswalt scores high with his portrayal of a sports nut who spends most of his working day as a park attendant writing discourse for his ritual nightly call-in to a sports radio talk show. Aufiero, near 40, still lives with his whining mother. His injury attorney brother Jeff, Jeff’s archetypical New York attorney wife Gina, and Paul’s other sibling Christine think that Paul is an immature “get a life” slacker whose New York Giants worship has caused him brain damage. Even though Paul’s family is not on the “They Might Be Giants” team, they still love him and what him to flourish professionally & personally. The plot of “Big Fan” takes a stalking play-call turn when Auferio follows the Bishop to a Strip Club (somehow that does not sound right) and the Linebacker does an off-the-field “unsportsmanlike penalty” play by beating the crapola out of Paul. However, the deranged Aufiero does not intercept Bishop’s playing career by pressing charges against the millionaire footballista. Kevin Corrigan’s exceptional performance as Paul’s Giants-Loving best buddy Sal well complimented Oswalt’s Aufiero. This rocking “They Are Most Certainly Giants” duo were a big hit during their shared screen time. Michael Rapaport flew like an eagle in his brief scene-stealing supporting performance as the obnoxious Philadelphia Eagles fan Phil, which in some odd way could be classified as the villain of “Big Fan”. Other supporting performances that tailgated the aforementioned fine acting of the film was carried by Marcia Jean Kurtz as Paul’s Mom, Gino Cafarelli as brother Jeff, and Serafina Fiore as Gina. Siegel’s game plan on the writing & direction of “Big Fan” was fantastic with its authenticity, creativity, and connectivity. And what an original trick plot play does Siegel call during the 4th Quarter of this movie! You just gotta see it! But at the end of the game, it was General Patton Oswalt’s mesmeric starring performance that enamored me the most to be a big fan of “Big Fan”. ***** Excellent
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (USA)
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director Robert Siegel
Writer Robert Siegel
Actors Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Red One Camera
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A