1 hour, 30 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for crude and sex-related humor, and for language.
DVD Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Balls Out: The Making of Balls of Fury; Under the Balls: The Lie of a Ball Wrangler
Dan Fogler ... Randy Daytona
Christopher Walken ... Feng
George Lopez ... Agent Rodriquez
Maggie Q ... Maggie Wong
James Hong ... Master Wong
Terry Crews ... Freddy
Robert Patrick ... Sgt. Pete Daytona
Diedrich Bader ... Gary
Aisha Tyler ... Mahogany
Thomas Lennon ... Karl Wolfschtagg
The 12-year-old ping-pong prodigy Randy Daytona is revered by the entire nation, including President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. But when he's defeated at the Olympics by German player Karl Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon "Herbie Fully Loaded"), it is viewed not only as a personal loss, but a loss for the entire country. After the German victory, Randy's father (Robert Patrick "Terminator 2: Judgment Day") is murdered, and Randy vanishes into obscurity.
We next meet Randy (Dan Fogler from Broadway's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee") ten years later, at a local "dinner theater" performing ball tricks after being introduced by a character (David Koechner "Yours, Mine and Ours") singing "Two Tickets to Paradise" with a parrot. After the performance, as he is being fired, he's drafted by an FBI agent (George Lopez "Bread and Roses") to infiltrate a top-secret ping-pong tournament hosted by Ping-Pong connoisseur Feng (Christopher Walken "Catch Me If You Can"), the triad boss who ordered the death of Randy's father, years before.
So, Randy has to get back into shape, and he's sent for both training and spiritual guidance to a blind Ping-Pong master named Wong (James Hong "Wayne's World 2") who has a gorgeous niece Maggie (Maggie Q "Live Free or Die Hard"). Things are still funny at this stage, including a great match-up between Randy and "The Hammer" (Patton Oswald) at a high school tournament. It's when FBI agent Rodriguez, Wong, and Randy show up at the tournament that the movie runs out of momentum. There's a sudden rush to tie-up the plot and pump up the drama which, up to this point at least, had been mostly forgotten.
The film was directed and co-written by Robert Ben Garant ("Reno 911!: Miami") with his screenwriting partner, actor Thomas Lennon (who plays Randy’s hysterical uber-Nazi Ping-Pong Olympic rival). If you buy into their particular brand of comedy you will probably really enjoy the film. If not, you'd do better seeing the much funnier "Knocked-Up" or "Superbad," or both.