Guys and Balls (2006)



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A battle for gay rights is fought on a small-time football field in this comedy drama from Germany. Ecki (Maximilian Brückner) is a talented soccer goalie who plays with a semi-pro team in a small German town, but he finds himself on the outs with his teammates when he fails to block a kick that costs the team the league championship. Ecki's relationship with the team goes from bad to worse when they discover he's gay, and they give him his walking papers. Furious, Ecki challenges his former team to a special match in which they'll face off against an all-gay team he'll assemble for the occasion. The homophobic team agrees to the match, but Ecki soon discovers finding ten capable gay footballers is no easy task, and making them into a competitive team is even harder. Making matters a bit easier for Ecki is his sister Susanne (Lisa Maria Potthoff), who introduces him to one of her co-workers, Sven (David Rott), a good-looking male nurse who can play soccer...and happens to find Ecki attractive. Männer Wie Wir (aka Guys and Balls) was written for the screen by Benedikt Gollhardt; it was his first theatrical film after establishing himself in television.
R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Saskia Vester
as Mutter
Rolf Zacher
as Trainer Karl
Mirko Lang
as Tobias
David Rott
as Sven
Judith Hoersch
as Cordula
Mariele Millowitsch
as Wirtin Elke
Hans Lowe
as Klaus
Joachen Stern
as Rentner Rudi
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Critic Reviews for Guys and Balls

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

It's surefire entertainment: loopy and predictable, but tremendously likable.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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A by-the-numbers ensemble dramedy that hits every underdog and gay-fish- out-of-water cliche on the nose.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Top Critic

Hormann provides a light enough touch to make the proceedings palatable, if not quite enjoyable.

May 19, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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It sounds like gay porn, but it's actually a delightful romantic comedy from Germany.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
Village Voice
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With commendable literalness, the makers of the German soccer comedy Guys and Balls have settled on a title as cheerfully unsubtle as every one of the film's jokes.

April 28, 2006
New York Times
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Though it does elicit some laughs, we've seen this story of over-achieving underdogs too many times.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Guys and Balls


A cute and fun German language film that warms the heart but utterly misses any opportunity to develop (or even acknowledge!) the angst of exclusion, loneliness, uncertainty and injustice that motivate the primary aspects of this film. The sports action scenes are much better than most similar LGBT soccer films (e.g., Kickoff), but the team-building aspect of the story is not sufficiently developed. "Guys & Balls" is a pleasant film, but it is not very satisfying.

Christian C
Christian C

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This turgid film is pure disappointment both for sports aficionados, as well as the gay mainstream. Fraught with cliches, it completely dispels with depth and emotional sincerity in favor of a few hollow laughs.

Kendall Granberry
Kendall Granberry

Great concept for a movie, we need something like this in American. Tons better than Eleven Men Out (even though that movie came out first and was considered ground breaking). Kind of a weak movie otherwise.

Douglas Edward Christie
Douglas Edward Christie

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