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Balls of Fury (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Sport | 29 August 2007 (USA)
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.

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Sgt. Pete Daytona
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Mysterious Asian Man
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Young Randy - 12 Yrs. Old (as Brett Delbuono)
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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

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A huge comedy with tiny balls

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Comedy | Crime | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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29 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una loca competencia  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,312,850, 2 September 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,844,290, 4 November 2007
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Trivia

Jason Scott Lee tells the Ping Pong master he cannot teach gwei-loh, or foreigners. Jason Scott Lee played Bruce Lee in Dragon, a biopic about Bruce Lee. In that movie, Dragon, Jason Scott Lee (as Bruce Lee) was teaching Kung Fu to foreigners and he was summoned to a council to fight as punishment for his transgressions. Jason Scott Lee then warns the Ping Pong master he would have to face the Dragon if he continues to teach foreigners, most likely a reference to his own movie. See more »

Goofs

In individual Olympic sports, competitors are identified by their names, not by their nations (as many individual sports would have multiple competitors from the same nation). Randy Daytona's and Karl Wolfschtagg's names would have appeared on the scoreboard, not "USA" and "GDR," respectively. See more »

Quotes

Feng: Turning his Protege to the Dark Side...! A real Kodak Moment, don't you think?
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Connections

References The Warriors (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothin' But a Good Time
Written by Bobby Dall, C.C. DeVille (as Bruce Johannesson), Rikki Rockett, Bret Michaels
Performed by Poison
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Okay, for cable
29 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Balls of Fury wasn't the total disaster, but when that's the highest praise I can offer, well, that's a problem. Think of it as a lesser version of Dodgeball.

Ping-pong just isn't that funny, or exciting, or anything really - just like the film. The idea of underground ping-pong never really goes anywhere. The jokes are okay at times, but there are no big laughs and certainly no surprises.

Unless you are a 10-14 year-old boy, who given the film's humor and scantily clad actresses is obviously the target market, you will probably be disappointed by paying money for it. Wait a couple of years and watch it free some night on Comedy Central and spend your ten bucks somewhere else.


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