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Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)

A high school janitor has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro. He begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits and leads them to the Nebraska State Championships.

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Gary, an overzealous high school janitor (Seann William Scott), who has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro, begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits after the high school tennis coach (Randy Quaid) drops dead. With his unorthodox coaching style, Gary must try and lead them to the Nebraska State Championships. Written by Grant Prunster

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Small balls. Big ambition.

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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9 April 2009 (Australia)  »

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Trivia

To date, the last film to feature Randy Quaid. See more »

Goofs

In the final match, Cappy is instructed to stand inside the service box while he is being served to. This is against the rules of tennis. See more »

Quotes

Gary: Fuck football, fuck the huskers, and fuck all of you!
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References American Pie (1999) See more »

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Written by David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel
Performed by Chromeo
Courtesy of Vice Records
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Review: Odd Name, Funny Movie
2 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well firstly I will say that when I heard about the name change for this movie, I didn't like the title "Balls Out: The Gary Houseman Story." I thought it was much better as "Gary The Tennis Coach." I was further disappointed by the trailer which gave me the impression that it was a really stupid comedy that looked like a waste of money to see. However, I decided to see it anyway and I'm glad I did.

Don't judge this movie by the title or the trailer. Although slow in some parts, it offers many many laughs. Seann William Scott's odd character repeatedly had me laughing at several points. This was supported by Randy Quaid's brief character and the rest of the tennis team and several other funny supporting characters. I particularly enjoyed Seann William Scott's scenes with Brando Eaton, who played Mike Jenson, the tennis team captain. If you are on the fence about this movie, I would recommend watching it, as I was on the fence too. Some people may agree with me and some may not and I will admit that it was slow in certain points, but when there was humor present it was funny. I give it an overall rating of 7/10 "Decent."


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