BALLS OF FURY

Occasionally Offensive

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Release Date: August 29, 2007

Starring: Dan Fogler, Christopher
Walken, George Lopez, Maggie
Q, Thomas Lennon, James Hong,
Aisha Tyler, Diedrich Bader,
Robert Patrick, and Jason
Scott Lee

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Rogue Pictures/Focus
Features/NBC Universal/General
Electric

Director: Robert Ben Garant

Executive Producer: Ron Schmidt and Derek Evans

Producer: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber,
Jonathan Glickman, and Thomas
Lennon

Writer: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben
Garant

Address Comments To:

James Schamus, President
Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
A Division of NBC Universal and General Electric
65 Bleecker St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 539-4000
Fax: (212) 539-4099
Website: www.focusfeatures.com

Content:

(PaPa, B, HoHo, LL, VV, SS, N, A, D, M) Strong pagan worldview in a comical setting mitigated by man helping FBI catch criminal gangster and people saving other people from big explosion, plus strong homosexual references involving secondary characters but villain himself seems to be homosexual and movie mocks homosexual men who act like sissies, so movie avoids the usual cloying political correctness regarding this issue; 18 obscenities, one strong profanity and four light profanities, plus some crude double entendres, many of which involve movie’s title; strong, mostly comic violence such as little girl punches grown man in stomach and kicks him in groin, two explosions, fighting and gun battle, man smashes man’s fingers in door, men don vests in one ping pong game that gives them an electric shock if they lose a point, one man shocked to death, woman shoots deadly poison darts into losers of ping-pong matches; strong homosexual references involving secondary characters played mostly for laughs (some crude) but nothing really depicted, talk about sex slaves in villain’s lair, and some brief lustful actions between a man and a woman but nothing extremely explicit; upper male nudity and female cleavage; alcohol use; smoking; and, gambling, homosexual villain makes hero play against the woman he loves in a ping-pong match to the death, little girl takes advantage of man’s concern when she fake cries after losing to him in a ping-pong match.

Summary:

In the comedy BALLS OF FURY, Randy Daytona, a down-and-out ping pong prodigy, gets a chance to regain his self-respect when an FBI agent hires him to infiltrate an underground ping pong tournament run by the gangster who killed his father. Most moviegoers probably will want to avoid this intermittently funny, sometimes offensive comedy.

Review:

In the comedy BALLS OF FURY, Randy Daytona, a former ping-pong prodigy, gets a chance to regain his self-respect when an FBI agent hires him to infiltrate an underground ping-pong tournament. The contest is run by Feng, the man who murdered Randy’s father after the father lost loads of money betting on his son at the Olympics. Before getting an invitation to the contest, Randy has to get training from an old Chinese teacher and his beautiful daughter. At the contest, Randy is chagrined to hear that Feng will have the loser of each match killed. “What is it about sudden death you don’t understand?” Feng asks rhetorically.

This movie’s spoof of old martial arts movies, especially the ones starring Bruce Lee, is pretty funny. There’s not much else, however, to tickle the funny bone here, even though the cast serves the material as best it can. Even so, it is interesting to note that the movie pokes fun at wimpy male homosexuals. Even the evil villain is homosexual. Apparently, someone here is not afraid of being politically incorrect. That said, MOVIEGUIDE® warns moviegoers, including families with teenagers, that this occasionally offensive comedy is probably not worth their time or money.

In Brief:

In the comedy BALLS OF FURY, Randy Daytona, a former ping pong prodigy, gets a chance to regain his self-respect when an FBI agent hires him to infiltrate an underground ping pong tournament. The contest is run by Feng, the man who murdered Randy’s father after the father lost money betting on his son at the Olympics. Before getting an invitation to the contest, Randy has to get training from an old Chinese teacher and his beautiful daughter. At the contest, Randy is chagrined to hear that Feng will have the loser of each match killed. “What is it about sudden death you don’t understand?” Feng asks.

This movie’s spoof of old martial arts movies, especially the ones starring Bruce Lee, is pretty funny. There’s not much else, however, to tickle the funny bone here, even though the cast serves the material as best it can. Even so, it is interesting to note that the movie pokes fun at wimpy male homosexuals, which is politically incorrect these days. That said, MOVIEGUIDE® warns moviegoers, including families with teenagers, that this occasionally offensive comedy is probably not worth their time or money.