MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 247 this week

Balls of Fury (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Sport  |  29 August 2007 (USA)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 33,913 users   Metascore: 38/100
Reviews: 138 user | 128 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

Down-and-out former professional ping-pong phenom, Randy Daytona, is sucked into a maelstrom when FBI Agent Ernie Rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father's killer -- arch-fiend Feng.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 17 May 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 17 Feb 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 15 Jul 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 15 Feb 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 12 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Balls of Fury" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Balls of Fury (2007)

Balls of Fury (2007) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Balls of Fury.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fanboys (2009)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

Director: Kyle Newman
Stars: Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Four employees of Island Fisheries come to a sun-scorched, isolated island to negotiate fishing rights with the sullen, paranoid islanders who have good reason to be afraid. Soon after the ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlo Giudice, Paolo Marcellini
Stars: Byron Mann, Daniella Kuhn, Christo Jivkov
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A star-studded tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Director: Kyle Newman
Stars: Michael Bender, Adrianne Curry, Donald Faison
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

This wild horror comedy is comedian Dan Fogler's (BALLS OF FURY, EUROPA REPORT) directorial debut. Thrills, kills, and laughs abound as a theater troupe of horny teenagers are murdered one ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Fogler
Stars: Noah Bean, Lennon Parham, Kelly Hutchinson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Darren gets stood up on the day of his wedding and uses his vacation tickets with his best friend, RJ, to spend his "honeymoon" at a Club Med-style resort.

Director: Tony Vitale
Stars: Darren Geare, R.J. Knoll, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. Based on the Comedy Central series.

Director: Robert Ben Garant
Stars: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jason Scott Lee (Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story), Korean heartthrob Jang Hyuk (Windstruck, Volcano High)... See full synopsis »

Directors: Max Mannix, John Radel
Stars: Hyuk Jang, Fann Wong, Jason Scott Lee
Fade to Black (2006)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In an attempt to recover from his marriage to Rita Hayworth and restart his career, Orson Welles travels to Italy...only to be drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder and politics when an actor is murdered on his set.

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Danny Huston, Diego Luna, Paz Vega
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Two adversarial brothers leave the comfort of the family carpet store to make it big with the King of Long Island Wedding Videos

Directors: Michael Canzoniero, Marco Ricci
Stars: Brendan Sexton III, Dan Fogler, Steven Randazzo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Szeto Ginyi is a young businessman recently returned to Hong Kong to open a branch of a Japanese company. He's been living in a hotel. To save money, he rents from the loquacious Baby - ... See full summary »

Director: Aman Chang
Stars: Emotion Cheung, Asuka Higuchi, Suet Lam
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

The disillusioned general of an ancient Chinese army regiment finds himself stranded in a village populated by a strange clan with mystical connections to wolves.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Stars: Maggie Q, Jô Odagiri, Chung-Hua Tou
The Strip (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A former child star opens up a cheesy-themed restaurant in a strip mall on the outskirts of Las Vegas.

Stars: Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Andrea Savage
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Freddy
...
...
...
...
...
...
Young Randy - 12 Yrs. Old (as Brett Delbuono)
...
...
David Holmes ...
TV Producer (as Dave Holmes)
Edit

Storyline

In the unsanctioned, underground, and unhinged world of extreme Ping-Pong, the competition is brutal and the stakes are deadly. Down-and-out former professional Ping-Pong phenom Randy Daytona is sucked into this maelstrom when FBI Agent Rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and recapture his former glory, and to smoke out his father's killer - one of the FBI's Most Wanted, arch-fiend Feng. But, after two decades out of the game, Randy can't turn his life around and avenge his father's murder without a team of his own. He calls upon the spiritual guidance of blind Ping-Pong sage and restaurateur Wong, and the training expertise of Master Wong's wildly sexy niece Maggie, both of whom also have a dark history with Feng. All roads lead to Feng's mysterious jungle compound and the most unique Ping-Pong tournaments ever staged. There, Randy faces such formidable players as his long-ago Olympics opponent, the still-vicious Karl Wolfschtagg. Can Randy... Written by Rogue Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A huge comedy with tiny balls

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una loca competencia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,312,850 (USA) (31 August 2007)

Gross:

£1,945,960 (UK) (18 January 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During the pancake tournament, there is a poster that says, "Just keep swimming." Which is a quote from Finding Nemo. See more »

Goofs

At the Olympics, a country would be identified with its official national name. "East Germany" would not have been used in official Olympic announcements. Karl Wolfschtagg would have been introduced as a competitor from the "German Democratic Republic." See more »

Quotes

Master Wong: Welcome to the underbelly of ping-pong where fortunes are won and lost. I'm exaggerating, of course, but you get my point.
See more »

Connections

References Antiques Roadshow (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Spicy Love
Written by Gabriel Candiani & Ernesto Diaz
Courtesy of Non Stop Music Library
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The jokes suffer from the "Kate Moss, Heather Mills McCartney, and post-2000 Muhammad Ali Syndrome."
30 August 2007 | by (http://www.themoviemark.com) – See all my reviews

Taxi. The Pacifier. Herbie Fully Loaded. Let's Go to Prison. Night at the Museum. If this list of movies is an accurate representation of your DVD collection, then my friends, you either have a young child in the house or a strange fetish for average-to-below average comedies. Or "absolutely dreadful" in the case of Jimmy Fallon's Taxi. *shudders* I'm still trying to erase memories of that steamer from my mind.

Other than being part of the aforementioned pathetically sad DVD collection, do you know what else each of these movies has in common? They're all written by Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, the duo who wrote, produced, and directed Balls of Fury. Are you trying to decide whether or not this is a film worthy of your time and money? Please let my above revelation stand as "enough said."

In all honesty, what can you expect when you take a poor man's Jack Black and give him the starring role in a poor man's Dodgeball? A little thing I like to refer to as "not much." Dan Fogler gives it the ol' college try, but perhaps the material is to blame for his mostly forgettable performance. He delivers a couple of laugh-out-loud moments, but by the time he's lip-synching to Def Leppard you'll be asking yourself, "So who's this guy, and why is he doing a bad karaoke impersonation of 'Jack Black Meets Sam Kinison'?"

I will give Balls of Fury three credits - 1) Maggie Q is adorable, 2) The film rightfully never takes itself too seriously, and 3) It's nowhere near as filthy as I expected. At the top of my notebook I wrote, "Balls/Genitalia References" and I was set to keep track. I just knew they were going to fly off the screen fast and furious, especially judging by the "a huge comedy with tiny balls" tagline. So I was quite shocked when the grand total was only one, and that one was merely Maggie Q's character disgustedly relaying an example of the comments she was forced to deal with from male players.

What more can I say about a film whose crowning achievement is, "Well, I didn't expect much, and it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, so whatever"? That certainly doesn't send you rushing to purchase a ticket, now does it? It'll be on TNT or TBS soon enough so just have patience and watch a few legitimately good comedies in the interim. There'll come a time when you're flipping channels, nothing else is on, and you'll cruise across this. You can decide then whether you want to sit through all of it. The end result will likely be a long email thanking me for saving you $8.

Before I commence, let me once again bring attention to my above "poor man's Dodgeball" quote. I overheard several disappointed people say, "I thought it'd be like Dodgeball." What's that? Yeah, they said it in unison, Wisenheimer. Now shut up. The consensus? It's not even close. So if that was the opinion you formed after watching the trailer then dismiss that notion immediately. It's an interesting concept that probably contains about ten minutes of solid comedic material.

What ultimately happens when you stretch that over an hour and a half? Unfortunately, the jokes suffer from what I like to call the "Kate Moss, Heather Mills McCartney, and post-2000 Muhammad Ali Syndrome." In other words, they're flat, lame, and they pack no punch. Let's see them put THAT on the DVD cover.


103 of 196 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The funniest part the_melody_within
just a horrible unfunny movie maleathe-2
what if Jack Black did this? jenita111
WHY NOT JACK BLACK??? Terpee
Simply not funny sjqlund
Christopher Walken Rules pknyglife
Discuss Balls of Fury (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?