Producer/writer/co-star Thomas Lennon says of Balls of Fury: "If there is a moral at the end of the movie, it's unintentional—it is by happy accident. 'Trust yourself' or 'Do your best ... ?' I don't know. I don't think there is one. But ... a lot of people get whacked in the nuts." If this doesn't outline what you're in store for, nothing will. Clearly, writer/director Robert Ben Garant fully succeeds in making what he calls a "kung fu movie with no kung fu."
Overweight former child Ping-Pong star Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler, Good Luck Chuck) is recruited by an FBI agent (George Lopez) to infiltrate the world of evil Triad leader and Ping-Pong enthusiast Feng (Christopher Walken).
Lennon and Garant, co-creators of Comedy Central's Reno: 911!, bring their slapstick background to Balls of Fury, which teeters between a very funny kung fu spoof and utter ridiculousness. Some cameos are over-the-top, but Fogler's portrayal of the portly Daytona is spot-on. His deadpan delivery of otherwise hokey lines saves the movie from going over the edge. Fogler has a lot of films in production right now, so his star is clearly on the rise.
BOF is a goofy tale of a has-been taking on a Ping-Pong kingpin, but remains watchable because the characters are funny in a lovably dorky sort of way. This one still probably won't find a large rental fan base, but if you see it on Comedy Central one day, give it a chance.
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