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THE PERFECT CATCH (UK) aka
FEVER PITCH (USA)
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Jason Spevack, Jack Kehler, Scott H Severance, Jessamy R Finet, Maureen Keiller, Lenny Clarke, Ione Skye, KaDee Strickland, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Evan Helmuth, Brandon Craggs, Brett Murphy, Isabella Fink, Miranda Black, Greta Onieogou, Johnny Sneed, James B Sikking, Michael Rubenfeld, Willie Garson, Armando Riesco, Zen Gesner, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Jobeth Williams, Mark Andrada, Charlotte Sullivan, Scott Desano, Lizz Alexander, Shary Guthrie, Don Gavin, Andrew Wilson, Dan Darin-Zanco, Gina Clayton, Wayne Flemming, Bobby Curcuro, Bart Bedford, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon, George King, Jackie Burroughs, John Boylan, J C Kenny, Paul McGuire, Quancetia Hamilton, Ken Rogerson, Howard Nickerson, Matt Watts, George Ghali, Andrea Davis, Darren Frost, Sharlene Yuen, Geoffrey Williamson, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Keith MacWhorter, Melinda Lopez, Sam Dissanayake, Peter Gammons, Steve Levy, Tim McCarver, Don Orsillo, Harold Reynolds, Matthew Peart, David Klar, Jermaine Plummer, Erin Nanstad, Johnny Cicco, Brian Hayes Currie, Bob Weekes, John Ruggiero, Danny Murphy, Dan Cummings, Daniel Greene, Jordan Leandre
Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
USA & UK: 103 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and some sensuality
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 8 April 2005
UK Release Date: 12 August 2005
Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon star in THE PERFECT CATCH (UK) aka FEVER PITCH (USA), a contemporary romantic comedy about a successful woman who thinks she's finally met the perfect guy. Everything seems ideal until baseball season begins, and she has to compete with his first true love: the Boston Red Sox.
It's a love triangle - but with a twist. Instead of revolving around three people, this story involves twenty-eight: a man, a woman...and a Major League baseball team.
High-school teacher Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) is a good catch. He's charming, funny and great with kids. When he meets Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore), an ambitious business consultant whose spirit is as luminous as her beauty, their attraction is immediate. Sure, they have their differences. She's a workaholic; he loves his summers off. He lives and breathes the Red Sox; she doesn't know Carl Yastrzemski from Johnny Damon.
But true love overcomes all...at least until Red Sox spring training rolls around.
As Ben's beloved Bosox launch one of the most incredible seasons in baseball history, Ben and Lindsey must decide if they, as a couple, will strike out or fight to keep love alive through extra innings.
The movie is based on Nick Hornby's autobiographical book Fever Pitch, which recounted the author's obsession with English football (better known to Americans as soccer). But instead of "Americanizing" Hornby's work, screenwriters Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (PARENTHOOD, SPLASH, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, CITY SLICKERS, ROBOTS) took his premise of an obsessive sports fan, and fashioned a contemporary romantic comedy in the classic tradition.