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Fever Pitch

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Source: Catholic News Service

Sweet and funny romantic comedy set in Boston about a 30-year-old workaholic (Drew Barrymore) whose relationship with a goofy but charming high school math teacher (Jimmy Fallon) is strained when she discovers that underneath his "normal" exterior is a rabid Red Sox fan who is torn between his commitment to her and the boys from Beantown. Directed by Bob and Peter Farrelly and loosely based on a novel by Nick Hornby, the film -- which plays out against the improbable 2004 Red Sox season -- features pitch-perfect performances from Fallon and Barrymore and imparts a feel-good message about how love ultimately demands both acceptance and sacrifice. Implied premarital sex, some comic violence and crude humor, as well as scattered crass expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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