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Big Fan (2009)

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philadelphia Phil
Paul's Mom
Gina Aufiero
Jeff Aufiero
Jonathan Hamm ...
Quantrell Bishop
Detective Velardi
Joe Garden ...
Sports Dogg
Hospital Doctor (as Sidne Anderson)
Julian Lane ...
Birthday Boy
Caroline Gallo ...
Gina and Jeff Daughter
Maya Louise Dispenza ...
Christine and Dennis Daughter


Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. Written by Big Fan Productions, Inc.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paul Aufiero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,266 (USA) (30 August 2009)


$234,422 (USA) (21 March 2010)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Robert D. Siegel has said that between takes in the strip club, while other members of cast and crew were enjoying the company of dancers, actor Patton Oswalt was watching episodes of John Adams (2008) on his iPod in a private room. See more »


When Paul's friend shows Paul the Giant's upcoming schedule, it only shows a 14 game season (should be 16). See more »


Jeff: How do you get a concussion when you don't got any fucking brains?
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Ooh Poo Pah Doo
Written by Jessie Hill
Performed by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Oswalt surprises in basically serious movie
24 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oswalt plays a guy you might call a loser, but his character wouldn't agree. He's not as over-the-top into loserdom as DiNiro in "King of Comedy." He's not delusional, in other words, just passionate. His team means more than anything to him, and if they are doing OK, he is content. In his world, he has status, and he's just not interested in anything outside that world.

I was surprised to see real acting going on, not comedy. (I won't say "just" comedy - that's hard as hell and takes real talent.) Nothing milked for laughs, nothing that broke the boundaries of the world of the story. A reviewer said Oswalt was "fearless", and I agree. William Goldman wrote of stars that you can never make their parts cool enough for them. That's why so many movies are so terrible. Oswalt has never seemed that interested in being cool. Instead, he dives into his character, as sympathetic or unsympathetic as the moment requires. Not a shtick: character.

It is a low budget production, but I felt it was adequate. The production values didn't hurt. And it is funny, just not 3 jokes / page of script.

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