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Big Fan

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What's it About

For obsessive, portly parking attendant Paul Aufiero (Oswalt), sports are a religion, and no one on Staten Island — not to mention the free world — is more devoted to the New York Giants, something even his on-air nemesis, Philadelphia Phil (Rapaport), a diehard Eagles fan, concedes. So one night, when Paul and his best buddy Sal (Corrigan) spot Giants quarterback Quattrell Bishop (Hamm) fueling up at a gas station, they can’t resist tailing him — to a Manhattan strip club. Things don’t so go so well when when they decide, unwisely, to approach their idol for some face time...

Why we love it

Lovable losers populate all sorts of Hollywood comedies, but none quite stick in the memory like Patton Oswalt’s Paul, a shlubby, emotionally stunted Staten Islander who lives at home with his mom (he’s 35) and spends far too much time arguing about football with sports-radio hosts. Then a surprisingly violent encounter with his favorite player forces him to look anew at his life. Conceived and directed by Robert Siegel, former editor-in-chief of The Onion and screenwriter of “The Wrestler,” “Big Fan” is a caustically funny look at fanaticism, media overkill, and getting your life on the right track.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"