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MOVIE REVIEW: A Fan For All Seasons

A while back, I wrote a post about a movie that looked to be of interest to all Vikings fans, and promised to view the movie and give you an honest review.  Aaron Lubarsky’s project A Fan For All Seasons would be a unique addition to any Vikings fans’ collection.

The film attempts to follow a variety of true Vikings fanatics over the course of an entire football season. 

The year is 2005, which is well remembered for its drama.  The Vikings are trying to get by without Randy Moss, a slow start caused purple panic, a certain boat trip made it hard for even the true die hards to put on their horns, and Daunte Culpepper tore apart his knee half way through the season. 

The good luck timing provides plenty of storylines to keep this film active and interesting for 70 minutes, despite the absence of any actual football highlights.

There are many very interesting fans from all walks of life in this film.  Unfortunately, the main focus of the film seems to be the embarrassing fanatic whose name is Jesse.  Jesse is just as much a Vikings fan as anyone else but is one that could use a good butt whooping from his father… despite the fact that he is at least 30 years old.

From essentially abandoning the needs of his wife and children on Sunday’s, to throwing beer cans into the bushes surrounding Soldier Field, and pulling his pants down when an opponent’s fan calls him out for being a clear cut Neanderthal, this is one fan that behaves in a way that we would expect more from a Packers fan.

Jesse hosts a football related show on public television with his good friend Jeff, however, which made him somewhat relatable to me.  After all, I write for this site because I want an outlet for my passion and he was simply doing the same.  It is clear that Jesse cares a great deal about the Vikings because of the effort he put towards the show, even if I do find him to be a disgusting human being.

 While Jesse gets the majority of the screen time, there are many fine examples of interesting fans scattered throughout the film.

My favorite is Eddie.  Eddie is a cancer patient who is separated from his wife and son.  The most touching moments of the film come from Eddie’s candidly filmed appearances, like when he called his son so that they could watch a game ending field goal together, despite the fact that they were not together.

“If nerves could heal this cancer, I’d be cured in about 30 seconds,” Eddie said just before the kick. 

Another nice touch to the film is the addition of Vikings official mascot Ragnar as a fan being followed.  Ragnar’s story is one that is familiar to those involved with sports, and illustrates how important sports can be to individual lives, sometimes pulling people out of whatever hole they’ve fallen into that caused them to hit rock bottom.

The movie is filled with fun moments and fun trivia that even the most die hard fan may not realize.

“A lot of people don’t know that I am the only human mascot,” Ragnar states, referencing the fact that his face can be seen and he is allowed to talk.  Ragnar worries about people’s health and safety when he witnesses how much alcohol is consumed prior to and during Vikings games and goes out of his way to warn fans of the dangers.  He thinks this makes him unpopular with some fans, but says that even Jesus wasn’t loved by everybody in the world, so he is okay with it.

This isn’t a film that NFL Films would put out.  It isn’t a film that will be sold on the Vikings official site.  It isn’t glitzy or glamorous.  There are no slow motion highlights or a suspense inducing soundtrack. 

It is simply a look into the lives of certain Vikings fans, and how they live and die along with their favorite team, which is something that most of us here at Vikings Gab can specifically relate to.  An exploration not of football, but of that area in which the life of an ordinary Joe can overlap with that of a bunch of millionaire athletes.

While most of you would probably rather pay somebody to have the 2005 season erased from your memories, this is a case where it may be worth paying the fifteen bucks to relive it for a short time.

For more information or to purchase a copy, feel free to drop by the official site of A Fan For All Seasons by clicking here.  If you end up seeing the movie, then feel free to stop back here and give me your review of the film.

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One Response to “MOVIE REVIEW: A Fan For All Seasons”

  1. jesse says:

    I was a disgusting human being… Thank God that was 5 years ago. Wait til you see the sequel.


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