Balls of FuryAugust 29, 2007
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.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 5.1/10 (23,472 voted)
Critic's Score: 38/100
Robert Ben Garant
Stars: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez
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…
Writers: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant
Sgt. Pete Daytona
Mysterious Asian Man
Young Randy – 12 Yrs. Old
(as Brett Delbuono)
Jason Scott Lee
(as Dave Holmes)
A huge comedy with tiny balls
Release Date: 29 August 2007
Filming Locations: Long Beach, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $14,312,850
(2 September 2007)
(4 November 2007)
Did You Know?
In the movie, Christopher Walken looks at his old master, James Hong, and says that seeing him was a "blast from the past", referring to his previous movie
Blast from the Past.
When Randy holds Maggie to kiss her when everyone is escaping the palace, he holds her up with his broken arm.
Maggie! Your temper brings dishonor to my happy mushu palace.
A fun, silly movie. What's everyone whining about?
What are people whining about? Balls of Fury was quite funny! A few
years ago, the people who are now trashing this movie would have been
going gaga and adding a 100 million to its gross revenue…but that's
part of the problem. Tastes have changed.
I'm going to go on the record as saying that this movie is at least as
funny as anything Adam Sandler or Will Ferrel has ever made. Why is it
doing worse then? People just don't want silly, stupid comedies
anymore, which is why Superbad is doing much better instead.
Balls of Fury is a very funny movie with a wonderful cast (especially
Christopher Walken and Thomas Lennon), and if some of the jokes fall
flat, or gave themselves away in the trailer, the movie moves quickly
enough that it doesn't matter. They're already onto another joke.
Times have changed, and unfortunately for the movie, so have tastes.
These days, even silly spoofs are expected to meet a required level of
maturity, and for those that were raised on Naked Gun, Hot Shots and
Police Academy movies, that's a little sad.
Go ahead, say the movie is juvenile. Say it's stupid. Just don't say it
isn't funny. There were at least three moments during the movie when
the entire theater was rolling in the aisles. I've never seen a SNL
alumni movie do that.