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Balls of Fury

A comic mish-mash
By TOM MEEK  |  August 29, 2007
2.5 2.5 Stars

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An Asian wise man in this film from Reno 911’s Robert Ben Garant says, “Ping-pong is like a fine, well-aged prostitute. She laughs at you when you are naked, but you keep coming back for more.” The movie is a bit like that too. The gags fall flat, Garant lifts from such staples as Enter the Dragon and The Karate Kid, and yet it doesn’t go away. Credit in part Christopher Walken’s evil Feng, a screwy triad boss sponsoring a death-match ping-pong tourney in South America. The FBI enlists fallen table-tennis star Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) to be its inside man — but the plot ceases to have any meaning as the film disintegrates into a sometimes comic mish-mash of Def Leppard riffs, gay male sex slaves, and George Lopez channeling Tony Montana. Walken and character actor James Hong as a blind, proverb-spouting mentor score all the zingers, a svelte Maggie Q adds sass as sidekick/love interest, and Garant keeps it all bouncing along.
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