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It takes a certain set of balls to let Chumbawamba lyrics introduce your film (“Tubthumping,” of course), but Balls Out isn’t just Any movie. Andrew Disney’s underdog sports comedy is far from conventional, and while it begins like every other “road to athletic redemption” story, a constant mockery of the sports genre rulebook turns this pee-wee effort into a Jv superstar. It’s not exactly a Tom-Brady-caliber showstopper, but more a Ryan-Howard-like slugger that belts a home run whenever jokes connect. Just expect some mighty whiffs to accompany those gut-busting dingers. Honestly, though, who cares – chicks dig the long ball, and in that respect, Disney earns plenty of fans.
The story of Balls Out follows a rag-tag intramural football team, the Panthers, and their path to redemption after disbanding during their freshman year. Even though they were crowned league champions, a crippling injury puts Grant (Nick Kocher) in a wheelchair, »
- Matt Donato
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- Kate Erbland
The “SNL”-packed football comedy “Balls Out” has landed North American distribution from Orion Releasing following its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. MGM will distribute the film in Latin America. Formerly titled “Intramural,” the film was directed by Andrew Disney and written by Bradley Jackson. It will be released theatrically and on VOD in the U.S. on June 19. The story follows 5th-year college seniors who go for one last shot at glory in the semi-competitive world of intramural football. Also Read: 'SNL' Stars Go Balls Out in Trailer for Sports Comedy 'Intramural' (Video) Jake Lacy, Nick Kocher and Nikki Reed star. »
- Jeff Sneider
"Balls Out" first premiered as "Intramural" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival before winning Seattle's "Best Guilty Pleasure" award later that year. Orion Releasing will open the film in theaters and on VOD June 19, 2015. (Watch the festival trailer below.) Directed by Andrew Disney and written by Bradley Jackson, the film centers on fifth-year college seniors who hop into the semi-competitive world of intramural football. It stars Jake Lacy (”Girls”), Nikki Reed (Twilight Franchise), Kate McKinnon (“SNL”), Jay Pharoah (”SNL”), Beck Bennett (”SNL”), and Nick Kocher. Film School Rejects said it's "destined to become something of a cult classic, thanks to both its charming cast and a series of highly quotable lines." With graduation, marriage, and an uncertain future on the horizon, fifth year senior Caleb Fuller (Jake Lacy) decides to do the one thing he vowed to never do again: get the ol’ flag football team back together. Now with the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
But that’s not why I gathered you here today. Bradley Jackson’s brilliantly bored mind is why we’re here.
Intramural is a sports comedy written by Jackson in his sophomore year of college about a boy named Caleb (played by Jake Lacey) who is a fifth year college senior in denial about life after school. In his efforts to relive his college career as freshman intramural football champion, he tries to reunite the team, even after his friend Grant Rosenfalis (Nick Kocher) became paralyzed since the last time they played.
Andrew Disney directs this comedy, which stars Lacey and Kocher in addition to Nikki Reed, Nick Rutherford, Gabriel Luna, Brian McElhaney and SNL members Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharoah. »
- Catherina Gioino
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