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  • Feb 15, 2008
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One of the great things about comedies is that one can make a comedy movie about just any subject. Take ping-pong. Can you imagine a horror movie or romance movie based on ping-pong? Not me either. But a comedy, sure. And while we are at it, lets add in martial arts, hot asian babes, gun-running, and the common movie themes of revenge, redemption, love, and murder. What does one get? Balls of Fury. Being a Hollywood creation, both the chief protagonist and antagonist are white actors; but everyone else come in all accents, sizes and colors. The comedy is a combination of dry humor, slapstick, double-meanings and the occasional gross-out humor. The dialogue is original, and the roles are quite innovative. Christopher Walken again plays a villian; this time a Triad crime boss. This movie is quite good; better than what it got for reviews, and is worth the time to watch it.

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December 13, 2010
Yeah I liked this film as well, great review.
 
December 13, 2010
I liked this one quite a bit too!
 
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Filled with tributes to Bruce Lee movies and its outward silliness is part of its charm. It does somewhat divert from its focus as it sometimes resort to crude humor but it makes it work somehow. I felt like I was watching a skit on SNL at times. I liked the goofy ping pong duels and Jason Scott Lee even makes a goof out of himself.      Hey How can you complain with Christopher Walken and Maggie Q as a sexy kung-fu/ping pong master..and she's wearing red...? …
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Balls of Fury will score points with anyone who ever wished that Enter the Dragon played out in the subterranean "underbelly of ping pong" instead of the world of martial arts. Tony Award-winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), joining the ranks of Jack Black, Seth Rogan, and Jonah Hill as a schlub (romantic?) hero, stars as Randy Daytona, a Def Leppard-loving ping-pong wizard who, as a 12-year-old, was disgraced at the 1988 Olympics. Nineteen years later and gone to seed, he is reduced to performing a novelty act in Reno until an FBI Agent (George Lopez, and yes, at one point, he will proclaim, "Say hello to my little friend" a la Al Pacino in Scarface) recruits him to infiltrate an underground ping pong tournament run by Feng (Christopher Walken), the arch villain who killed Daytona's father. Co-written by Reno 911 colleagues Robert Ben Garant (who also directed) and Thomas Lennon (who costars as Daytona's taunting East Berlin rival), Balls of Fury is hit and miss, but it fitfully kills with some ace performances, including Walken, bringing more cowbell, as Feng, resplendent in silks and red fingernails (his Christopher Walken impression, while perhaps not as uncanny as Kevin Spacey's or Jay Mohr's, is dead-on). James Hong puts a wicked spin on the clichéd role of mentor, and action babe Maggie Q rocks as his niece. Look quick for David Koechner as hopeless entertainer Rick the Birdmaster, Patton Oswalt as ...
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