Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2006)
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The original hitman of paintball returns to reclaim his rightful crown in the one comedy that proves you're never too old for a killer comeback. Everyone knows that the name Bobby Dukes (Rob Corddry) is synonymous with the game of paintball, and when the teenaged Dukes led his team, the River Rats, to three consecutive wins at the East Coast's legendary Hudson Valley Paintball Classic, it appeared as if the game was finally about to break big due in no small part to Dukes' dead-eye aim and
Apr 13, 2006 Wide
Jul 25, 2006
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... succeeds as a modest tribute to the kind of aging boys club that idles for hours in somebody's parents' rumpus room, its members tossing around big-man talk but trapped in emotional adolescence.
It's a mildly amusing feature that takes a few too many potshots at some very broad targets.
Corddry leads a game cast, but the film is rough around the edges and lacks the sophistication of, say, Christopher Guest's Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.
While there's some dramatic interest in seeing how the story wraps, Blackballed pretty much wears out by midpoint.
This spoof of sports biopics is essentially an extended improvisational skit, with a troupe of comics riffing on a central joke (the elevation of paintball to a noble calling).
A mildly amusing mockumentary about a disgraced paintball champ who wants one more shot.
There isn't the same labored yet quotable wit ... that you'll find in some of the scripted satires, but part of the fun of improvisation is its spontaneous lack of polish.
not enough to make Blackballed worth watching for more than a couple of giggles.
With so much comic talent all in one place, Blackballed becomes a dopey but lovable gigglefest.
Needs a better smattering of colourful, interesting characters than it delivers [with its] scattershot approach . . . lacks any bruising zingers or zealously zany characters.
Jiggly camerawork meant to mimic that of the unseen documentarians, and mismatched lighting, perfunctory paintball action, and overlong dialogue riffs that make the film look more like a really lengthy skit than a fully finished movie.
Sersen sneaks up behind the semi-obscure sport of paintball and hoists it up for an atomic wedgie.
Though the performances are surprisingly good -- the characters are drawn with a broad brush, but the actors, almost all professional comics, hit all the right notes -- the material just isn't funny enough to justify the film's length.
Does it give you a finer appreciation for the 'sport' of paintball? Probably not, but like paintball, it's fun even when it's messy.
An attempt at a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary minus the biting satire and wit.
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