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Blackball (2003)

A rebellious young British bowls player teams with another older and more traditional player to take on the Australian bowls team.

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Storyline

Try as he might, the roguishly handsome Cliff Starkey, just can't keep out of trouble. In his sleepy home town on the English coast, nothing much inspires him...apart from bowls. Cliff has always preferred to play by his own rules much to the disapproval of the regimented, elderly bowls fraternity. Before long, the bay boy of bowls is turning the sedate and very English pastime upside down with hysterical results. Written by Anonymous

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At last, a sportsman the British can be proud of... See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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5 September 2003 (UK)  »

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National Lampoon's Blackball  »

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£376,233 (UK) (5 September 2003)
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Trivia

Mel Smith confessed that five minutes before they started filming they realized everyone was absolutely useless at playing lawn bowls. See more »

Goofs

During the England v. Australia match, most of the flags shown (including the graphics behind the "computer" head-shots) are Union Flags - the flag of the United Kingdom - and not St George Crosses - the flag of England. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: Is it on the condom?
Trevor: IT IS ON THE CONDOM!
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Stuck in a Moment (You Can't Get Out of)
Written by U2, lyrics by Bono and The Edge
Performed by U2
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Pretty awful
16 August 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Maybe I just do not get it, but it seems basically just unfunny, except that Vince Vaughn nearly pulls the whole thing out. When he is on the screen it is highly watchable. Most of the dialog seems mumbled, except that it is all so predictable that you do not need to hear what is actually said. This working class versus high society sports has certainly been done much better. Caddy Shack certainly comes immediately to mind, but so do most sports movies.

I generally like these National Lampoon movies, by the way. Normally no great shakes but decently amusing. This one just seems weak, dilute, uninspired--again, except for Vince Vaughn, who comes across as a giant of a comedian compared to the rest of the cast.


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