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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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A great story of obsession and loyalty
Everyone obsesses about something. Whether we admit it or not, there’s a super fan buried in all of us. Hobbies fill our lives with something other than bills, weather and being on time for work. Yet, as they say, too much of anything is a bad thing, and it is possible to garner an obsession with anything: movies, sports, television, comic books, pornography, shopping, your job, your kids, your religious beliefs. Even personal obsessions like rage, self-pity, gossip or just simply complaining. However, I think most of us have a filter. We know when to turn it off before it tips over into darkness.
Paul, the central figure of Big Fan, has a filter with a lining that is dangerously thin. His whole existence is so wrapped up in his love for the New York Giants that all the other things in his life have been thinned down to make room for his favorite team. He is 35, chubby, lives in Staten Island with his mother and works as a parking garage attendant, where he spends his nights writing himself a script for what he is going to say on the Sports Dogg radio program where is a minor celebrity. He has no social life to speak of and his mother comments that is only romantic attachment is with his right hand. She’s wrong, of course.
It can be said that there are two sides to Paul’s life, an inner circle and an outer circle. The inner circle contains his love of The Giants, the outer circle contains a void in which resides everything else: family, work, the future. That shows up on his face where his face lights up when he is in the throws of the game and grow dark and frustrated when he has to deal with real life. His mother nags him mercilessly that he needs to find a nice girl and have a family. “I don’t want any of that!” he shouts – he already has a family. She dotes on her other son, Jeff (Gino Cafarelli) who is an ambulance- chasing lawyer who appears in daytime television commercial asking “Have you been injured?” and promises “I will fight for you!” Paul’s best (and apparently only) friend is Sal (Kevin Corrigan) who joins him in his love of the team, even when the two sit in the cold in the parking lot of Giants stadium watching the game on a portable television set. They talk about nothing else. Their rapture is the thrill of fandom, even in the off-season.
A test of Paul’s faith and loyalty begins one night when he is out driving around with Sal and spots Giants quarterback Quantrell Bishop (Jonathan Hamm) at a gas station. They follow him into a rough neighborhood where they don’t make the connection that he and his entourage have come to buy drugs. Later at a strip club they introduce themselves. Bishop suspects that they are cops about to bust him and he beats Paul into unconsciousness.
Where Big Fan really comes to its crossroads is what happens next. Paul wakes up in a hospital with brain injury and a room full of people urging him to sue Bishop. He learns that Bishop might not be able to play in the next game and decides not to sue or to turn over any information to the cops. This is, of course, baffling to those around him but to Paul it would upset the balance of his world. Bishop is a personal hero and Paul wrestles with this soul over whether or not to give him up.
The events that take place with Bishop only make up the framework for Big Fan which is more about the turmoil of Paul’s conscience. His hero failed and he has him in the cross-hairs to get him in a lot of trouble. His depression and frustration pull him in both directions, but for him it is all about not upsetting the balance. Giants football isn’t a game, it is a conduit of his life and his self-worth. Anything outside that sphere is, for him, meaningless.
Big Fan was written and directed by Robert Siegel, a former editor of The Onion and screenwriter of The Wrestler, also about a man and the sport he loves. I was fascinated by the fact that his screenplay keeps the story at a realistic level. Even when it approaches the bizarre at the end, we can still believe what we are seeing. It might be easy for this screenplay to become a stalker film or to cross over into the level of Taxi Driver. It comes close to that, but it stays mostly at ground level. What happens to Paul in the end isn’t far from the truth.
What makes Big Fan really work though is the performance of Patton Oswald as Paul. Oswalt is a stand-up comedian best known to most movie fans as the voice of Remey in Pixar’s Ratatouille. Here he creates a character that looks like your average sports fan. He is short, overweight, with a bad haircut and an otherwise not-too-extraordinary appearance. Even in the darkest moments, Paul is someone that we can’t help but like.
An Original Sports Comedy
For many Americans last weekend was one of the most important days of the year. You guessed it, The Super Bowl. So although I am not a fan of any NFL team and have yet to watch a game this year, I feel obligated to watch tonight’s game. Why? Because the Superbowl is so much more than just two teams playing football. The Superbowl is in many ways a celebration of the American way of life. It is a day where people can forget about their personal troubles and spend their time with friends, eating pizza, drinking beer, and watching football. For most Americans they will be cheering for one team or the other, despite their favorite team being knocked out during the regular season or the playoffs. Yet for those lucky fans of the Saints or the Colts, they truly care about who wins and who loses. In some rare cases the level of team pride that fans have may match that of Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) from Robert D. Siegel’s Big Fan (2009).
Big Fan follows a character who literally lives for New York Giants football. Although Paul doesn’t have the money to go to the games, he makes the effort to head to the stadium to cheer for the Giants. Despite being a 36 year old parking garage teller who lives with his mother, he makes it clear to his family that he is satisfied with his life. One day while at a gas station, Paul sees the Giants starting quarterback and decides to follow him all the way across New York in order to express how big of a fan he truly is. However, when he finally meets the star player and tells him how he traveled hours just to say hello, the quarterback becomes enraged and hospitalizes Paul for a week. As a result the quarterback ends up being charged with aggravated assault and is suspended by the National Football League. This leaves Paul with a tough decision, sue the quarterback so that he can make millions of dollars and start a new life or let it go so the star player can continue to help the Giants get to the Superbowl.
Most sports movies focus on the success of a particular team or player, so the idea that sports are not simply about the players themselves but about the fans and the city the team represents is an original and refreshing concept. Yet while watching Big Fan I couldn’t decide whether to feel sorry for Paul or laugh at him. Although Paul seems satisfied with his life, you have to wonder whether it is because he actually likes being a fan or because he has never been able to experience anything better. The scenes showing the conflict between Paul and his mother are easily the funniest in the film. She can’t understand how Paul is content with living the way he does and he can’t understand how she just can’t seem to let it go.
What makes this film superior to most other comedies is the great cast of characters. It is as if every actor and actress was born to play the character they portray. This is especially true for Oswalt, who plays the lead better than anyone that comes to mind. So although this film only contains a few laugh out loud moments (mainly between Paul and his mother), the relationships between the different characters kept me interested and entertained for 90 minutes. If you have Instant Netflix, add Big Fan to your queue because it is well worth your time.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (USA)
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Director Robert Siegel
Writer Robert Siegel
Actors Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations.
Production Company First Independent Pictures, Big Fan Productions, Economy Pictures
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