Monday, March 26, 2007

Movie Review #2 - Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

I love chick flicks and romantic comedies. Especially ones that put a baseball team in the trifecta of the love triangle. I loved this movie because of the fact that there are so many different levels to it: baseball, relationships, love, baseball, choice, devotion, responsibilities, laughter, and did I mention baseball? :-)

It’s about a guy who is in love with the Boston Red Sox. He was raised to love them, he invests his time into them, he studies the team, cheers, boos, and is devoted in the best and worst conditions. As this guy stated in the movie, “It’s good for your soul to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

And then he meets the girl.

He finds himself struggling between two loves in his life: the Boston Red Sox and his girlfriend of 11 months. One scene shows him going to counsel from one of his students (quite humorous), who advises, “You’ve loved the Red Sox your entire life… but when have they ever loved you back?” Ah… wise words from a pre-teen.

This dude’s devotion is misdirected. His girlfriend was hoping for his love and passion for the Red Sox to be redirected towards her and to their relationship, only to have that hope end up in heartache. He failed her. But isn’t that expected? Don’t we always fail our loved ones sooner or later?

It’s great that at the end of the movie it’s all smiles and laughs as the guy learns to sacrifice his love for baseball and put his girlfriend higher on the priority list. It’s great that at the end of the movie this cute couple gets together and it’s happy. It’s great that at the end of the movie the Red Sox defy history by making the greatest comeback in the history of sports. However, the guy and the girl will fight again and the Red Sox will lose again. It’s not going to be pretty from that point on. It’s going to be hard. There will be huge problems in our relationships because we fail each other. There will be huge problems when we put our hope in that which will fail us.

This guy did have it right when he said, “It’s good for your soul to be a part of something bigger than yourself.” So true. Jesus is the only hope that will never fail us. We can have a relationship that will be more rewarding the more we invest into it.

When two sinners, who will certainly fail each other, put their hope in Jesus instead of themselves, then that relationship will undoubtedly be more rewarding than if they put their hope in each other.

5 out of 5 stars.

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