The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Though it's far less fratty than its bare-bones marketing suggests, it has a retrograde campus-comedy vibe, right down to the Orion Pictures logo that resurfaces in front of the movie.
[A] modest, nimble and, um, winning comedy from Andrew Disney, which acknowledges sports-movie conventions even as it exploits them.
There's some chuckleworthy meta-commentary about the absurdity of sports movies, but Balls Out feels more like a long sketch than a feature.
In a world where spoof films have been getting an increasingly bad name, Balls Out is surprisingly one of the smarter sports movie commentaries in the last few years.
There have been a few of these movies released during the last few decades, but few have managed to transcend pushover ideas with the degree of wit, lively dumb guy humor, and encouraging timing found in "Balls Out."
The humor is still very broad and lowbrow, but that can be forgiven. Too bad it has other, severe limitations.
The glue that holds this madness together, however, is Lacy's performance as Caleb, the fifth-year college student uneasily about to embark on matrimony and attend law school, who sees intramural football as his last hurrah.
Snappy banter and one mildly filthy toilet joke are as close to the edge as this one-joke testicles comedy gets.
The film's greatest virtue is Disney's ability to poke fun at sports-flick tropes while simultaneously embracing them.
A sports movie actually attuned to the knowledge that victory in an inconsequential game bears no meaning.
A pure and modern example of slapstick comedy and where it can go, when placed in the right hands.
Everyone is clearly having a ball here.
destined to be a cult indie film, hilarious and really original. Fun and just full of well rounded characters, the director will have a bright future.
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