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... a carefree, underdog sports comedy.
Jokes fall flat, characterizations are sketchy at best, setups never receive their payoff, unnecessary subplots slow the already glacial pace.
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.
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.
Air ball . . . Air ball . . .
Recreational basketball leagues offer plenty to laugh at and screenwriter Paul Eagleston mined that material, but not as deeply as he needed to.
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.
It commands more attention than previous efforts because of a wonderfully eclectic cast.
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
Relies heavily on dumb slapstick, including a few tasteless, low-brow moments.
Like Kurt Hale's previous Mormon comedies..., Church Ball envelops the viewer in the embrace of the familiar.
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