National Lampoon's Blackball (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Blackball (2005)




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It's the weight of tradition versus youthful vigor when loudmouth Torquay lawn bowling superstar Cliff Starkey (Paul Kaye) catches wind of an upcoming championship match between England and heated rivals Australia. He's determined to make the national team in a bid to bring his sport-of-choice into the new millennium. Quickly acquiring a flashy American agent (Vince Vaughn) and becoming the most popular player in England, Cliff vows to dethrone traditionalist champion Ray Speight (James Cromwell), who has made no secret his hatred of Cliff's brash showmanship. When Cliff starts seeing Ray's daughter, the competition really begins to heat up.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tim Firth
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
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Paul Kaye
as Cliff Starkey
Vince Vaughn
as Rick Schwartz
James Cromwell
as Ray Speight
Alice Evans
as Kerry Speight
Vic Reeves
as TV Director
Mark Little
as Mark Doohan
Mark Dymond
as Kyle Doohan
Terry Alderton
as Bouncer Jonno
Emma Amos
as Local News Reporter
Paul Bentall
as Gate Guard
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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Blackball

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

A full-on local crowd-pleaser, "Blackball" takes the genteel sport of, uh, lawn bowling and comes up with a shameless slice of Brit flag-waving comedy.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

It's messy, but the real problem is: it's not funny.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The laughs here are way off-target. This Brit-flop won't be bowling anyone over.

Full Review… | July 22, 2015
Radio Times

Tim Firth's script is functional on a sitcom level at best, and Mel Smith's direction differs from the usual hack job only in being a bit worse (especially in the frequent montages set to rock songs).

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

It just winds up as another filmmaking exercise where it's thought that the story is there, but in reality, it got drunk at the corner bar and puked all over the characters.

Full Review… | April 7, 2005
Film Threat

Shares very little in common with the anarchic humor of the magazine, live shows, records or movies that made the Lampoon name so venerated in the first place.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Blackball

Reasonably entertaining, and though I'm not sure that it's exactly how it happened it's all good fun.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer


Fair comedy, it has some good scenes, but the pacing is a bit too slow at times, the cast is alright, no one stands out. James Cromwell comes off best, too bad he didn?t get more time on screen. It?s just another one of those mediocre films that are so common.

James Higgins

I almost turned this movie off at the start! English humor? It actually was a very cute movie. I am glad I got to see it.


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