|BALLS OF FURY (director/writer: Robert Ben Garant; screenwriter: Thomas Lennon; cinematographer: Thomas Ackerman; editor: John Refoua; music: Randy Edelman; cast: Dan Fogler (Randy Daytona), Christopher Walken (Feng), George Lopez (Rodriguez), Maggie Q Wong (Maggie), James Hong (Wong), Terry Crews (Freddy), Robert Patrick (Sgt. Pete Daytona), Diedrich Bader (Gary), Aisha Tyler (Mahogany), Thomas Lennon (Karl Wolfschtagg), Jason Scott Lee (Siu-Foo), Brett Delbuono (12-year-old Randy); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman, Thomas Lennon; Rogue Pictures; 2007)|
on spy movies that generates few laughs but
scores high for being bizarre."
by Dennis Schwartz
spoof on spy movies that generates few laughs but
scores high for being bizarre. This is the
forgettable feature directorial debut of Robert Ben
Garant ("Hell Baby"/"Reno 911!"),
who lamely co-writes this inane one-joke mess with the
actor Thomas Lennon. It starts off passable but grows
increasingly tiresome at the half-way point and turns
into a shamelessly bad film. Its not even
original, as the plot is ripped off from Enter the
opens with the humiliating defeat at the 1988
Seoul Olympics of young Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler).
The child prodigy pingpong player, some 19
years later, is reduced to being a washed-up player in
Reno doing a weary stage act on pingpong
skills. He's recruited by the FBI agent (George
Lopez) to infiltrate an underground pingpong
tournament run in an undisclosed location by the
ruthless international arms dealer and Triad leader,
Feng (Christopher Walken),
as the FBI wishes to put him out of business. Randy's
gambling marine dad (Robert Patrick)
was killed by Feng for losing an Olympic wager on his
son, which gives Randy incentive to take this
78-year-old James Hong plays Wong, Randy’s
ill-tempered blind mentor, while Maggie Q plays Wong’s
martial arts expert niece and Randy’s unlikely love
interest. Both prep Randy to compete again in
manages to look frightened throughout and consistently
perform pratfalls, but is not funny or appealing.
Walken is flamboyant in a campy role that is wasted
here. Lennon as Randy’s German Ping-Pong rival has
little to do but be a nutty outrageous German.
Its best asset might be its marketing slogan: "A huge comedy with tiny balls."
REVIEWED ON 3/26/2017 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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