The Farrelly Bros. are hit or miss. "KINGPIN" is arguably their funniest film, "THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY" and "ME, MYSELF AND IRENE" were both overrated and underrated but enjoyable, and "SHALLOW HAL" was just pure shi-! But, "FEVER PITCH" is one of those rare surprises! While its previews made it look horrible, it's surprisingly entertaining and it grows on the viewer as it unfolds, constantly getting better as it continues.
Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, the script has been reworked for an American setting and an American Sport, baseball. While not as witty as Hornby's "ABOUT A BOY" or "HIGH FIDELITY", it's still endearing and the cast is quite good. Even Jimmy Fallon isn't bad and after seeing him in "TAXI", that's no small accomplishment. Fallon meets and dates Drew Barrymore and while they're a cute couple in some scenes, Fallon's obsession with the Red Sox, constantly puts their future at risk.
As with all Farrelly films, there are some gross but funny jokes and some plain stupid ineffective ones, but the good more than outweighs the bad.
FOX has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid but never exactly vibrant. There's great detail and contrast is impressive throughout. Although there's also a cropped, full-frame version available separately, the letterboxed version is the only acceptable version to get.
FOX has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not an aggressive mix, there are plenty of separation effects delegated towards the front stage and some effective surround moments.
FOX has included a gag reel, featurettes, plenty of deleted scenes and a terrific commentary, featuring the Farrelly Bros.