Big Fan – 4 stars

Big Fan.  Patton Oswalt gives a great performance in this grim film that is suprising given its refusal to have the character validated or bettered.  Oswalt is a 34 year old Staten Island parking garage attendant who lives with his mother and lives for the New York Giants. He writes his prose in his booth – the speech he will give nightly to a sports radio station on behalf of his team.  Then, when he sees his idol (a linebacker), he follows him to a strip club, and things go horribly wrong. It’s a strange picture, but the character’s frustration and his insistence on a bizarre code (his loyalty is not to himself, his lone friend, his family, or justice, but always to the team) is strangely endearing and Oswalt is really effective in a “Travis Bickle meets Jim Rome” role.

 

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