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Church Ball

Church Ball (2006)

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High spiritual ideals don't quite mesh with the spirit of competition in this sports comedy. In the 1920s, the leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints began encouraging their congregations to form basketball teams and church leagues as a way to promote fitness, wholesome fun, and teamwork among Mormon youth. However, the downside of this plan was the rise of wildly competitive teams who were a lot more interested in winning at all costs than good sportsmanship. In the 1970s, Bishop Linderman

Sep 26, 2006

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... a carefree, underdog sports comedy.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Jokes fall flat, characterizations are sketchy at best, setups never receive their payoff, unnecessary subplots slow the already glacial pace.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Hale's directorial style relies way too much on the kind of cheesy music video montages that have long since been parodied to death, and the religious rock songs used are truly awful.

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Its rowdiness, bathroom humor, cast of familiar but second-rate actors and overall disrespect for organized religion make it seem like any other bad Hollywood farce.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Air ball . . . Air ball . . .

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Recreational basketball leagues offer plenty to laugh at and screenwriter Paul Eagleston mined that material, but not as deeply as he needed to.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Will non-Mormons start noticing HaleStorm's productions? I wouldn't bet the tithing money on it yet, but they're heading in the right direction.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

It commands more attention than previous efforts because of a wonderfully eclectic cast.

March 22, 2006 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Despite the presence of funnyman Fred Willard, stays mostly on the pre-teen comedy level, obscuring an underlying moral about unity and reaching out to the disregarded

March 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Relies heavily on dumb slapstick, including a few tasteless, low-brow moments.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Like Kurt Hale's previous Mormon comedies..., Church Ball envelops the viewer in the embrace of the familiar.

March 17, 2006
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