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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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Coach Lew Tuttle
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Mike Jensen
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Jenny Tuttle
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Steve Pimble
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Norma Sanchez
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Dick Daubert
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Amy Daubert
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Burke Nibbons
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Randy King
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Mrs. Tuttle
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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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Script was discovered by the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 2005, going on to win the top prize. Within days, BlueCat sent screenplay to producer Peter Morgan to read. See more »

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When Gary was in Chang's home, Chang asked his grandpa in Mandarin Chinese with thick US accent, and his grandpa answered it in Vietnamese. So clearly, those two don't speak the same language. See more »

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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 Chris McCredie, Dominic Moscatello, Michael Owen, Brian Sheerin and Greg Russell
Performed by Mower
Courtesy of Suburban Noize Records
By exclusive arrangement with Heyday Media Group
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National Lampoon plays ball
2 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Gary (Sean William Scott) is a failed tennis player, who did some semi-pro circuits in Mexico before getting thrown out. Penniless with his dreams in tatters in ends up in a small Nebraska town, where he decides to drop tennis and focus on different goals. Like being a school janitor. Fate has a funny way of punching you in the balls and push comes to shove when Gary ends up training the school's loser tennis team.

Sean William Scott is an immensely talented comedian with so many areas he could explore with his comedic feel. Unfortunately most of his career paths involve eating turds, defecating and/or barfing. This movie is no exception to the rule with fart jokes coupled with some midget humour being the norm and slightly more congenial jokes coming sparse, if at all. That said some of the especially absurd humour really made me laugh.

The movie really doesn't build too well and tends to bore a bit with no real story building apart from the stereotypical losers turning into winners. All in all this is Sean William Scott running the show and if you have disliked all the stuff he has done in the past just pass on this movie. For the rest - nothing special, but if you have a couple of beers, spare time and no great expectations why not...


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