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The Fanatic (2019)

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A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.

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Fred Durst

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Moose
Devon Sawa ... Hunter Dunbar
Ana Golja ... Leah
Jacob Grodnik ... Todd
James Paxton ... Slim
Josh Richman Josh Richman ... Aaron
Jeff Chase ... Security Guard
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Luis
Jessica Uberuaga ... Brenda
Rene Michelle Aranda ... Tourist
Marta González Rodin ... Dora
Leslie Sides ... Autograph Seeker
Theresa Ireland ... Marilyn Monroe
Denny Mendez ... Amanda
Elle Matarazzo ... Agent
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The story is inspired by a real-life fan who pursued Limp Bizkit's frontman Fred Durst many years ago, and the screenplay was written by Durst and Dave Bekerman. It follows Moose (played by John Travolta), who gets cheated out of meeting his favorite action hero, Hunter Dunbar (played by Devon Sawa). Moose then hunts down Dunbar to get the celebrity interaction he feels he deserves. Harmless at first, Moose's actions begin to take a dark turn. Against the advice of his friend Leah (Ana Golja), Moose begins to make frequent visits to his hero's private home. As the visits continue to escalate, Dunbar finds himself in increasing danger. Written by Tiboriyo

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Rated R for some strong violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2019 (Mexico) See more »

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Moose See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA See more »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

One of the celebrities listed on the celebrity finder app is Jack Torrence (The Shining), another one is Tyler Durden (Fight Club). See more »

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Leah: [narration] But I suppose when you find the cookie jar... it's hard to not go back for more.
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Combining an Effortful Travolta with Sensitive Subjects & Pulpy Fun
6 September 2019 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

Naturally, I was anticipating this indie, because I love it when the good old guys take on odd and crazy roles nowadays - no sarcasm whatsoever. It was concerning to see the value of metascore and user reviews, but, nevertheless, I found "The Fanatic" to be quite alright. Let me elaborate.

I have to say I believe that my 6/10 is stemming out partially from a purely subjective viewpoint - objectively it's probably barely average. What I got from "The Fanatic" was good and pulpy fun, offering us nothing new or original plot-wise, but moving at a steady pace and using Travolta as its main attraction. Mad props to John Travolta, the role of a above 40 years old mentally challenged hardcore horror fan & fanatic memorabilia collector was filled from bottom up with Travolta attacking the role with a sure hand. Like, sue me, but I thought it's a great, truly effortful performance. The fanatic making us the fanatics out here. All jokes aside, it was Travoltas performance that kept this movie above the water & that's arguably a fact. From a technical standpoint "The Fanatic" doesn't excel much, but in no way it's below average regarding the cinematography & editing. To be honest, stylistically there were a few cool elements, like the occasional time-lapse drawings with the sharp violin original score pieces. The plot is pretty straight forward & gets wobbly towards the end, where I saw the reason for why a lot of people called out the director for hating mentally challenged people. I'm pretty sure those accusations are not correct. While the ending is hard to decipher, translate the point of it (if there's any), I don't feel like it's a completely tasteless ending. It's different, which is what we, the audience, ask a lot for.

To sum it up, "The Fanatic" is miles form masterpiece, but it's a solid entertainment with it's emotional or extremely awkward (in a good way) moments, and, most of all, with John Travolta who's doing the best he can. My rating: 6/10.


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