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Balls of Fury

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slapstick ping-pong comedy has very slight bounce.

Movie PG-13 2007 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Funny, Depending on Your Expectations

I really liked this movie, but I had low expectations. I assumed it would be really stupid and only a little funny. It is a slapstick movie, so the stupid part was right, but I actually enjoyed it. If you like stupid comedies you may enjoy it as well. And if you've seen the movie here is a fun quiz I came across if you want to test your knowledge of the movie. I scored 7 out of 10.
age 8+


Balls of Fury is ping-pong

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Let's be clear: BALLS OF FURY is no Blades of Glory. Nor is it a Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, or any of Judd Apatow's super-silly-yet-brilliant comedies -- though it clearly aspires to join those ranks.

Still, it's so good-naturedly inane that it manages not to offend. In fact, it may even make you laugh (a little). Credit for that first goes to Christopher Walken, who commits to the insanity with such relish that you can't help but let your guard down.

Walken's a delight, but it's Fogler who makes this whole enterprise somewhat worthwhile. He's boorish but likable, a Jack Black in the making. He floats through the absurdity with ease, able to battle an 8-year-old ping-pong master dubbed "the Dragon" without being over-the-top, even though the material is. (The movie was written by Reno 911! veterans Lennon and director Ben Garant, who, having found a way to make ping-pong seem as thrilling as it can be, should work for ESPN.)

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