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Movie: "Balls Of Fury"
Year: 2007
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Robert Ben Garant
Writing credits: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 2/21/2010

Plot: Randy Daytona is a washed-up former ping pong champ whose life is going nowhere. After being fired from his dead-end job, he is approached by the FBI. In order to catch suspected gun runner Feng in the act, they need Randy to infiltrate Feng's underground ping pong tournament. Will Randy be able to shake off years of failure in time to survive Feng's high stakes tournament?

Review: I initially passed on Balls of Fury when it was in theaters because I thought it would be just another low-brow sports comedy in the spirit of Dodgeball. The stories seemed similar enough, with Balls of Fury being slightly more absurd. Seeing that Christopher Walken in it was encouraging, as were all the members of The State who make cameos.

I was less impressed by George Lopez’s presence in the film. As bland as he is, and as much crap as he’s been in, I was surprised that the people behind Reno 911 would want him in a movie. In spite of that, he does a decent enough job as the FBI agent hoping to catch the felonious Feng (Walken) in action. Not great, just middling. That’s about the best compliment I can give, especially in light of his hilarious Scarface impression late in the film.

Dan Fogler, who plays washed-up ping pong prodigy Randy Daytona, also does a decent job as the hero. Apart from an overly-long bit about homing bug suppositories, Fogler manages to pull off the role without being too lowest common denominator. You really do believe he’s a fat loser who’s not quite ready to get back into things, at least until he’s playing under threat of death by blowgun.

What can I say, I liked the movie. There was no shortage of absurdity, but the jokes always seemed to fall just short of completely stupid. At the same time, however, I’m hard pressed to remember any bits that were absolutely hilarious, and that’s not a good sign when you’re talking about a comedy. The best way to describe Balls of Fury would be to call it “good enough.”

Overall rating: WholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Clap if you love Dynamo
Feb 22nd, 2010, 07:49 AM
I watched a bit of this a couple weeks ago and forgettable was apt. I didn't hate it or love it, I just didn't remember it till you brought it up.
SKATASTIC
Feb 22nd, 2010, 01:57 PM
I liked Balls of Fury in that I was forced to watch it and it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Diedrick Bader's part was pretty funny. I think it's pretty comparable to Night at the Museum II: The smithsonian one where it was kinda good but not really great.
I C Wiener
Feb 22nd, 2010, 02:03 PM
"I'm going to save the panda!.......Panda's dead."

The only line I remember from the movie.
SKATASTIC
Feb 22nd, 2010, 03:55 PM
Off topic but I love me some Bob Newhart.
Forum Virgin
Feb 22nd, 2010, 08:30 PM
"I'm going to save the panda!.......Panda's dead."

that is for me one of the best and most memorable quotes from that movie.Its delivery is hillarious
☆☆☆☆☆
Feb 22nd, 2010, 08:57 PM
"I'm going to save the panda!.......Panda's dead."

I remember that line at least! It was the funniest.
Member
Feb 23rd, 2010, 12:22 AM
This movie is the definition of average.
Turrican't. :(
Feb 24th, 2010, 11:04 AM
The people who love this movie probably also love those annoying singing fish... >_<
☆☆☆☆☆
Feb 24th, 2010, 01:12 PM
or furry anime
Turrican't. :(
Feb 25th, 2010, 10:46 AM
Whatver, man. >_> Enjoy your stupid comedy movie, after all, THE TITLE MAKES A JOKE ABOUT BALLS! IT'S LIKE, THE MOVIE READ YOUR MIND AND FOUND YOUR LEVEL OF HUMOR, MAN! BALLS! LMAO, AMIRITE?

Seriously, by defending this movie you have just had your right to converse with me revoked.
SKATASTIC
Feb 25th, 2010, 11:08 AM
This comedy in this movie goes much deeper than just balls.
Sympathizes with the foo'
Feb 25th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Kitsunexus: If the only thing you've got to rip on is the title, then it just comes off like you didn't watch it and therefore have no real basis on which to criticize those who did. Sure, I thought Transformers was a piece of shit, but at least I watched the fucking thing before I settled on that. My right to converse with you has been revoked? Oh well, I've gotten along just fine not conversing with you for the past twenty-six years; I'm prepared to go a lot longer.

But then, I'm a sucker for anything Christopher Walken is in, so maybe I'm just under the spell of that crazy old bastard.
☆☆☆☆☆
Feb 25th, 2010, 04:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitsunexus View Post
Whatver, man. >_> Enjoy your stupid comedy movie, after all, THE TITLE MAKES A JOKE ABOUT BALLS! IT'S LIKE, THE MOVIE READ YOUR MIND AND FOUND YOUR LEVEL OF HUMOR, MAN! BALLS! LMAO, AMIRITE?

Seriously, by defending this movie you have just had your right to converse with me revoked.
someone is butt hurt

Oh man, now who will I talk to about anime underage schoolgirls in bathing suits and have animal tails.
LOVES the tubal ligation!
Feb 25th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Quote:
you have just had your right to converse with me revoked.
Sounds more like Prize Patrol just payed T a visit.
☆☆☆☆☆
Feb 25th, 2010, 05:00 PM
Anyways, I love how the movie reminded me of how awesome Def Leppard was. Tagawa and Walken together is like a dream come true even if the plot was immaterial. My favorate character was James Hong playing Wong. He seemed to be the only actor taking this movie somewhat seriously. Either that or his acting never falters.
The Magnificent Bastard
Feb 25th, 2010, 07:53 PM
Huh-huh-huh he said "balls" huh-huh-huh.
SPOOOOOOOON!!!
Feb 25th, 2010, 08:39 PM
I would've said this movie was all right at best, but Christopher Walken made it awesome. Hearing him say "Okey-dokey-artichokey" gets me every time.
pickled
Mar 2nd, 2010, 02:35 AM
Meh, it was okay.
Ultimate Buzzkill
Mar 2nd, 2010, 06:54 PM
d'accord. Christopher Walken was pretty much the only reason to see this movie. The gratuitous amount of Def Leppard in it was painful, but it served its comedic purpose as the soundtrack of the fat loser stuck in the past. Last, a joke:
Q: What has nine arms and sucks?

A: Def Leppard
Sympathizes with the foo'
Mar 3rd, 2010, 03:45 PM
Alright, now tell us what you think is good music, smartass.
☆☆☆☆☆
Mar 3rd, 2010, 04:40 PM
I'd rather he didn't.
Forum Virgin
Feb 11th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Am I the only one who doen*t "get" chris Walkins? Every movie I seen him in his charactor is the same. He says every line like he reading off a cue card.
Member
Feb 11th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Wow I'm not the only one to bump an old thread now.