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Paul Aufiero (PATTON OSWALT), a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described “world’s biggest New York Giants fan.” He lives at home with his mother (MARCIA JEAN KURTZ), spending his off hours calling in to local sports-radio station 760 The Zone, where he rants in support of his beloved team, often against his mysterious on-air rival, Eagles fan Philadelphia Phil (MICHAEL RAPAPORT). His family berates him for doing nothing with his life, but they don’t understand the depth of his love of the Giants or the responsibility his fandom carries. One night, Paul and his best friend Sal (KEVIN CORRIGAN) spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop (JONATHAN HAMM) at a gas station in their neighborhood. They impulsively follow his limo into Manhattan, to a strip club, where they hang in the background, agog at their hero. Paul cautiously decides to approach him, stepping into the rarefied air of football stardom — and things do not go as planned. The fallout of this chance encounter brings Paul’s world crashing down around him as his family, the team, the media and the authorities engage in a tug of war over Paul, testing his allegiances and calling into question everything he believes in. Meanwhile, the Giants march toward a late-season showdown with the Eagles, unaware that sometimes the most brutal struggles take place far from the field of play.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 87
- Fresh: 75
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An unblinking look at the hidden (or perhaps not so
hidden) pathology of American sports mania, in which the power and victory of your team becomes the sole conduit for your self-worth.
Fresh: Big Fan is a poignant, dead-on character study, an examination of a crisis in the life of the most die-hard of die-hard New York Giants football fans.
Fresh: What's left is a vivid portrait of an exceedingly ordinary man for whom there's no great epiphany or cliched redemption. That may be Siegel's trickiest play of all.
Fresh: It's a classic situation, transplanted to a small, petty arena. When I think of this movie, I think of Oswalt, how his anguish feels real (whether we understand it or not) and how his face unaccountably becomes an offbeat locus of dignity.
It probably not the best story ever written but it's certainly well made and the acting is superb. Comedian Patton Oswalt tries something serious and succeeds greatly. I think he delivers an oscar-worthy performance. A definate must see, one of the better movies at allowing the audience to relate to the protagonist. Take the 90 minutes out of your day and wathc...you won't be disappointed
Saw this at a local indie theater and thought it was one of the best movies of 2009.
Fell asleep during this
Such a slow movie, had the first half not bored me to tears I might have finished it after my boredom induced sleep.