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Blackball (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sport  -  5 September 2003 (UK)
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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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From the director of "Bean" comes a comedy you will bowl over! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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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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£733,179 (UK) (12 September 2003)
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'Johnny Vegas' is the only cast member who can actually play bowls and does not do so in the film. See more »

Goofs

There is paper confetti all over the floor of the indoor bowling green for the England Vs Australia match, in the next shot there is none. See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Nothing new here
10 September 2003 | by (Morecambe, England) – See all my reviews

Typical run-of-the-mill British comedy, the kind of lukewarm stuff we seem to reproduce on a regular basis. Parts of the film are amusing although nothing stands out as memorable and the whole thing is a bit predictable. It is hard to feel anything for the lead character, and the moral stance of the film is not clear. Johnny Vegas lifted the film for me, as he provides some moments of genuine amusement simply by playing himself. Could have been a whole lot better, but on the whole it's watchable as long as you don't expect too much from it.


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