They say you should never meet your heroes. Now just imagine meeting one and having them beat up you so badly that you land in the hospital: This is just what happens in the darkly funny and deeply poignant movie Big Fan (in limited release 8/28).
Written and directed by Robert Siege—a former editor of The Onion and the screenwriter of The Wrestler—Big Fan tells the story of Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt), a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island and self-described “world’s biggest New York Giants fan.” After spying his favorite player at a local gas station, Paul and his friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) follow him to a Manhattan strip club, where a misunderstanding sends Paul to the ER and gets the Giants’ star player suspended. What happens next is refreshingly hard to predict, and thanks to a razor-sharp script and a wonderfully complex performance from Oswalt, you might be surprised how emotionally invested you feel in its outcome.
P.S. To the sports-adverse: There is no actual football playing in this film (we promise).
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