56- Big Fan [4.0]

A parking garage attendant and lifelong New York Giants fan finds his life spinning out of control following an altercation with his favorite football player.

Big Fan offers very little into the psyche of an obsessive sports fan. Director Robert Siegel (who wrote this as well as Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler) shows little respect for his characters, thus making it difficult to get behind anyone. It seemed to me that Patton Oswalt’s Paul is meant to be looked at as pathetic, which I take no issue with– it’s the fact that not a single person in the film is treated any better that makes Big Fan hard to enjoy.

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One response to “56- Big Fan [4.0]”

  1. Andrew says :

    Characters aren’t required to be likable, though, and I think that’s what I like about Big Fan apart from its excellent critique of the dangers of fandom. Paul is kind of pathetic, but he’s human and uncomfortably real; he’s the sort of person you alternately disapprove of and feel bad for despite not liking him much. If nothing else, Oswalt is amazing here.

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