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Guys and Balls (2004)
"Männer wie wir" (original title)

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After their most recent loss, a soccer team discovers its goalie is gay and casts him out. He retaliates by bringing back an all-gay team for a game to prove who's better.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Eilender ...
Susanne jung 1
Leon Breitenborn ...
Ecki jung 1
Dietmar Bär ...
Vater
Saskia Vester ...
Mutter
Anna Koesling ...
Susanne jung 2
Steven Wellmann ...
Ecki jung 2
Melody Sitta ...
Cordula jung
Jan Giffel ...
Udo jung
Maximilian Brückner ...
Ecki
Willi Thomczyk ...
Wirt
Jochen Stern ...
Rentner Rudi
...
Cordula (as Judith Delphine Hoersch)
Carlo Ljubek ...
Udo
Mirko Lang ...
Tobias
Tobias van Dieken ...
Bernhard (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

Fair-haired Ecki, the baker's son, has grown up the golden boy of his home town. All that changes the instant he and his soccer teammates discover he's gay. Now the object of scorn and ridicule (and finding himself unceremoniously kicked off his team), Ecki travels to the city of Dortmund to recruit an all-gay soccer team to return and prove to his town and his former soccer mates who the best men are. As first-time-out Ecki searches blindly through gay watering holes for players, his parents endure a rash of derisive gay jokes from the townies, leaving Ecki's gruff father to hope for a change in his son's orientation while also considering closing down the family business. Written by statmanjeff

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Plot Keywords:

soccer | gay | teammate | gay joke | goalie | See more »

Taglines:

Jeder gibt sein bestes Stück. (Everyone gives his best part.)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Balls  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,425 (USA) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$28,194 (USA) (2 June 2006)
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Goofs

When Karl places the ball on the spot at the end and then walks off the ground, the playing surface is completely fresh and unmarked as it would be before a game, not after a game. See more »

Quotes

Trainer Karl: Listen, if they wanna get physical, we will, too. Understand? GET PHYSICAL!
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, each actor's name is placed on the soccer grid where his position was played in the movie. See more »

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Kann es sein
Written by Klaus Pelizaeus
Performed by Oliver Hardt
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Bend over Beckham
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This moves pretty well through the various expected clichés: losing one's group identity while forging a new one, showing the group who kicked you out you're better than them, guys who cheat eventually lose, love conquers all.

Funny, too. All the usual stereotypes are presented, with the over-the-top characters being balanced by the more authentic core characters. Nice symbolic use of gold-toned lighting to highlight original innocence, once lost now returned.

The score is fun and well-paced. The ending is more Indie than expected and thus more satisfying.


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