The directorial debut from the former editor of The Onion

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 WrestlerBig 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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