Lifelong Red Sox nationalist Ben (Jimmy Fallon, who’s actually a Yankees fan) has encountered serious difficulties aligning any semblance of a love life alongside his obsession with the Sox. When he meets a baseball-phobic workaholic (Lindsey Meeks) and falls hard on the eve of opening day 2004, the stakes are Higher! Than! Ever! Right.

Anyone with half a brain can figure out how Fever Pitch is going to go: The Sox go bananas in the playoffs, and everyone (outside of New York) lives happily ever after. But while the film fails at the art of suspense (and, particularly in Fallon’s case, acting prowess), it’s engaging, well made and has "feel-good" written all over it. You might forget about it a week later, but you’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Extras: Director commentary, deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes features, "Making a scene" segment.

DVD Grade: B-

© 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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