Balls of Fury
Former table-tennis pro Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) is down on his luck and down on his game when FBI agent Ernie Rodriguez (George Lopez) recruits him for a mission he can't refuse -- to smoke out his father's killer, the evil Feng (Christopher Walken). With the help of a blind sage (James Hong) and an expert trainer (Maggie Q), Daytona travels to Feng's jungle compound, where he'll face a raft of formidable players en route to the prize.
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- Robert Ben Garant
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; alternate scenes; making-of featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that although this vapid slapstick comedy from the creators of Reno 911! will appeal to tweens and teens, its humor is tinged with a grim undercurrent: The main character is avenging his father's death at the hands of a murderous -- if seemingly ridiculous -- letch. There are also Chinese stereotypes (one character carries a lucky cricket and dispenses with enemies using chopsticks) and a fair bit of violence, mostly cartoonish and without blood. The movie clearly has its tongue firmly in cheek, which takes the edge off the crudest humor, but it's still sex-and-body-part based.
- Sexual Content
- A couple kisses passionately, and she wraps her legs around him; in the scene in which male concubines are presented, one insists on spending the night; sounds of a couple having sex in another room. References to various characters' sexual preferences, though nothing really explicit is said. Plenty of scantily clad women. Men grope Maggie at the ping-pong training center, though she's able to fend them off with martial arts.
- Includes gunplay, electrocution, murder by poison dart, and even a bomb going off. But it's largely played for laughs, and viewers don't see blood.
- Fairly mild: "ass," "bull-poop," "bitch," "hell," "snot," etc.
- Social Behavior
- Characters, including Dayton's father, bet on ping-pong; Wong berates Daytona constantly; concubines offer themselves up for sex. Some jokes are based on Asian stereotypes; others are homophobic. But the main character, Randy, is a soft-hearted, genuine guy.
- ESPN clips; mentions of the Olympics; references to Def Leppard and the band's hit songs.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some drinking and smoking in gambling dens and bars.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it