In Big Fan, Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) is a huge Giants fan and wouldn’t miss a game if his LIFE depended on it. Paul and his best friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) watch or listen to every game and on occasion go to Giants Stadium and hookup a generator to watch the game in the parking lot. This just shows the dedication of true football fans. Every night around midnight Paul calls up the local sportstalk radio station and pours his heart out about the Giants and how much they rule their division and most importantly how they are better than the Eagles. He gets caught up in a trash talking brawl with an Eagles fan under the name of Philadelphia Phil that escalates to something more serious.
Paul’s favorite player and hero, Quantrell Bishop, is one of the best players in the game and he just can’t get enough of him. Paul’s obsession with this player is uncanny. Paul and Sal accidentally run into Quantrell Bishop at a club and what was thought to be an outstanding night turned into a total disaster leaving Paul unconscious and brutally bruised.
Word quickly spread about this incident and everyone was waiting for Paul to clear the air about what happened. Being the huge fan that he is, Paul just can’t bring himself to tell the truth about what happened that fatefaul night because it would jeopardize the Giants season. He battles with himself about the difficult situation and it’s kind of heart wrenching to watch it all unfold because you constantly find yourself feeling sorry for him. A few events occur that aren’t in his favor and he desperately tries to fix them to the best of his ability. He struggles with his family day in and day out about the incident but he never falls into their demands. He does what he feels is the right thing to do.
All of the events throughout the movie lead up to a sportstastic climax that you will never see coming. It’ll hit you right in the facemask. Yeah that’s right. This may sound a little crazy but the ending of the film had my heart beating faster and faster because of what was about to unfold. Hey, when it comes to sports you’ll do anything your heart desires. My heart was beating just as fast when the Bears hit the field goal to beat the Steelers this past weekend!
Patton Oswalt was incredible in this film. I haven’t seen him in a lead role before but he totally pulled it off. I love the fact that he lives with his mother in this movie too, because I find it hilarious that he plays multiple characters on tv and film that also live with their mom. He just fits that ideal “live with your mom” role. I can totally see why this film won so many Sundance Film Festival Awards because it really touches you in a special way. Although it’s a movie about sports, it hits on such a higher level than that and you can truly feel the emotion throughout the film. This is definitely one of the better movies I’ve seen in a while and I highly recommend this film to both sexes. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!