Fever Pitch
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

It starts slow, but this romantic comedy keeps getting better as you watch. When businesswoman Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore) meets Ben, the school teacher (Jimmy Fallon), she reluctantly agrees to go out with him. But in just a short time their winter romance blossoms into love. Lindsey is certain that she has found the perfect man, but her girlfriends are not so sure. After all, if Ben is really so caring, funny and completely devoted to her, why is he still unmarried? Still, everything seems ideal to her, that is, until baseball season starts up. That's when she learns that Ben is a devoted Red Sox fan and a season-ticket holder who refuses to miss a game. While his obsession seems cute at first, it begins to grate on Lindsey when a ballgame keeps Ben from joining her on an important trip. That's when she makes Ben choose either the Red Sox or their relationship.

The film is unique and genuinely funny, so many audiences will enjoy it. It also deals with the difficult issues of commitment and compromise in relationships. Lindsey, for instance, learns that it is unfair for her to despise Ben's obsession with the Red Sox while she is equally obsessed with work. And though he loves his team, Ben compromises for the sake of the woman he loves. More interesting, however, is the portrayal of the team and their fans as a family. When he is at the games, Ben feels a connection to something bigger than himself, and it comforts him. Though it is a fun film, Fever Pitch is also peppered with obscene language and sexual humor and adopts a lamentably casual approach to premarital sex. As a result, Preview recommends that viewers think twice before seeing it.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Summary
Crude Language: Several (8) times - mild (hell 1, damn 1); moderate (b-stard 1, b--bs 1); strong (-ss 3, b-tch 1)
Obscene Language: Several (7) times - moderate (cr-p 1, other 1); strong (s-word 2, other 3)
Profanity: Many (15) times - moderate (OMG 8, G 7)
Violence: Several times - mild (woman hit in the head by a foul ball, woman falls while climbing at a gym, men run into each other, various forms of physical comedy); moderate (woman punches another woman in the face)
Sexual Intercourse: Several times - mild (unmarried man and woman shown in bed, man and woman in bed under covers discuss their sexual experience, man and woman talk about having sex in the past and in the future, man and woman kiss passionately and begin to remove clothing, woman tells her boyfriend that she may be pregnant)
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: Few times - mild (man has some questionable mannerisms that his friends notice)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times - mild (double-entendre reference to a man's genitals, conversation with teenagers includes sexual innuendo with baseball terminology); moderate (man reveals a detail about his sexual relationship with his wife, man implies that he would be willing to trade his wife to another man for baseball tickets, man jokes about sleeping with a wealthy old woman for money, unmarried man talks about sex as a priority in his life)
Drug Abuse: Several times - mild (use of alcohol in several scenes, cigar smoking)
Other: Depiction of dating, commitment and compromise in relationships; reference to a career in mathematics as the "church of numbers".
Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults and Teens

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