Nothing says extreme sports like playing underground Ping Pong for hard cash and cheap, ugly women. When retired Ping Pong competitor, Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler), returns to the circuit to uncover the mysteries behind the Triad leader Feng (Christopher Walken), he is thrown into a world of champions.
Balls of Fury attempts to follow along the same lines as Dodgeball, taking a not-so-hyped sport and making it over the top. The film has an excellent cast including Christopher Walken, James Hong, George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, and Diedrich Bader, many of them having smaller roles. I would have liked to see more of Oswalt and Bader especially. With Dan Fogler being relatively new to the scene, he was great for playing Randy Daytona. He reminds me exactly of Jack Black, down to the rocking air guitar solo. Kinda makes me wonder why they couldn’t get Black in the first place.
There are many unique characters in Balls of Fury; each with his or her own different style of comedy. Most of it is dry, stupid humor so if you are looking for something intelligent, this is not the film for you. One character in particular, Karl Wolfschtagg, the champion from Germany, is hilarious in all of his scenes. He truly makes the movie what it is. It could have been better though. The jokes came in small bursts and were never fully developed.
If you are looking for a laugh, Balls of Fury is a good choice. Seeing as there are many comedies currently out, such as Superbad and Mr. Bean’s Holiday, I don’t expect the film to make any big impression or anything. The only thing I expect to see is an increase in the popularity of table tennis, just as dodge ball skyrocketed after the film came out. Balls of Fury will satisfy that comedy fix you’ve needed but won’t go much further than that.