National Lampoon's Blackball


National Lampoon's Blackball

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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.

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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Blackball

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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.

Mar 27, 2009 | Full Review…
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It's messy, but the real problem is: it's not funny.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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A hackneyed portrait of zany British eccentrics whose limited appeal will presumably sink like a stone in the English Channel ...

Oct 1, 2003 | Full Review…
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The laughs here are way off-target. This Brit-flop won't be bowling anyone over.

Jul 22, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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).

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

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