I was not able to see Big Fan during it's theatrical run, but considering that Robert Siegel wrote my favorite movie of 2008, it's been on my list to check out when the DVD comes out. Last night I found myself thinking that the date would likely be approaching soon, and a few clicks later, Amazon told me that in fact the DVD would be coming out next Tuesday. But that was not the only information I got from the Amazon page. It also provided me with the DVD cover art, which proved to be bothersome on a completely different level.
I'm sorry, WHAT MOVIE IS THIS? I clearly must have been off base with my assessment. That first poster had me expecting a gritty and likely troubling character study, perhaps of a social misfit who inadvertently crosses the understood boundary between a fan and the object of fandom, then realizes that he can never quite go back to the ignorance he cherished earlier. But now that I see how this DVD is marketed, I have to assume that Patton Oswalt is playing a kindly retarded man who just wants to score a touchdown of his own...a touchdown in the game of life, we can only hope.
Look at him smiling away in his very own jersey, just dreaming about candy and birds while yearning for the day that maybe he'll be picked to play with those logoless, jersey number-less football players at the bottom of the image! Finally, white people have a Radio of our own! This truly looks like fun for the entire family! If only it had come out a few weeks earlier, it would have made for a terrific impulse buy when doing last-minute family shopping at Target. "Everyone gather around for the annual Christmas night movie! I hope Grandma doesn't fall asleep before Patton gets brutally assaulted in the strip club!"
Big Fan will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray January 12. Right on cue for the playoffs.