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National Lampoon's Blackball (2005)

Paul Kaye , James Cromwell , Mel Smith  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Kaye, James Cromwell, Alice Evans, Bernard Cribbins, Johnny Vegas
  • Directors: Mel Smith
  • Writers: Tim Firth
  • Producers: Mel Smith, Bruce Davey, Duncan Reid, James Gay-Rees, Liam Foley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006JMLTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Lampoon's Blackball" on IMDb

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Try as he might, Cliff Starkey just can’t keep out of trouble. With a dead-end career, there’s not much that makes him want to get out of bed in the mornings… except his one passion: Lawn Bowls. Almost as soon as he learned how to walk, he displayed a genius for the sport. To the dismay of the elderly, uptight bowls fraternity in town, Cliff honed his mastery of the game alone, playing by no one’s rules but his own. Now, the time has come for his skill to be recognized, and Rick Schwartz (Vince Vaughn), an American sports agent, is going to ensure that this ‘Bad Boy’ of bowls gets the spotlight he deserves. Cliff’s rock ‘n’ roll attitude and army of screaming female fans soon take England by storm, and he finds himself on the way to super-stardom! But can he take on the stuffy, business-like attitude of the Bowls Association and his senior arch-rival, Ray Speight? Starkey is only one match away from super-stardom as he joins forces with Ray in a ball-busting championship showdown!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable change of pace January 16, 2006
Totally watchable and enjoyable film, both for it's comic and dramatic aspects. A nice change to see a film that doesn't feature a car chase or a bullet-proof leading man. Also worth mentioning is the soundtrack, with features a nice selection of classic rock tunes. The "Won't Get Fooled Again" segment alone warrants seeing this film!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Careful with the comparisons to Dodgeball... January 31, 2006
This movie was originally released in Britain in 2003, probably before Dodgeball was even filmed. I say that because there exists the sentiment that this was somehow a spin-off.

Anyways, the concept of a movie about bowls drew my roommate and I to the theater when in London. We had no idea what to expect and wer pleasently suprised to see Vince Vaughn. His character was entertaining as were all the others. In the British context it was pretty funny... very very bizarre though.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the comedy August 20, 2004
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I ordered this DVD thinking that it was the British comedy about lawn bowling like the above reviewer thought. This is NOT that movie! This is a very dark movie about a racist character, etc. according to the back. The comedy is only available through Amazon UK that I've found if your player can play that region. I've already returned this one and ordered the British one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfunniest comedy ever? March 24, 2007
I'm torn as to whether to label this as the most unfunniest comedy ever, for I have "Disorderlies" with the Fat Boys and "Private Resort" with Johnny Depp and Rob Morrow to contend with. Regardless, as lame as most of the recent National Lampoon titles have been as of late, this one certainly takes the cake of being the most unwatchable. Mel Smith (the co-writer/director) apparently has a few good friends, for I can't imagine any other reason as to why James Cromwell and Vince Vaughn would even think to sign on to something this ridiculously bad (although they, to their credit are only featured in supporting roles). To sum it up briefly, this movie takes a predictable and watered-down "Dodgeball" approach, punishes you with creating the most annoying main character in history (and yes, he is more annoying than Pauly Shore, Yahoo Serious, Jerry Lewis and Pee-Wee Herman have done on their worst day), wastes your time by featuring an incredibly dull sport and fails to muster one single laugh out of the proceedings. Being a Vince Vaughn fan, I was expecting this to be one of those "under-the-radar" flicks that I would be happy to uncover. Instead, I'm left wishing that I didn't waste my time watching it----and I only sat through the whole thing because I had a morbid curiousity to see if it was possible for the film to fail on all accounts. Well, that's the one factor in which this movie succeeded. Zero stars for this one. Avoid it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY, FUNNY stuff... Vince Vaughn is the MAN May 1, 2005
Loved it! Funny like "Men with Brooms". Vince Vaughn is awesome in it!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! December 25, 2013
This movie is a surprise. Much funnier than you would expect with great characters. I really liked this movie a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie April 17, 2012
THis is a very good movie. National Lampoon movies are very funny movies. I bought this movie for cheap and it was worth what I paid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watched too many times January 17, 2011
This was a bargain buy for me so I would have something to watch. It turned out to be a movie I grab 3-4 times a year to watch. Well worth the money. big surprise for a movie about boccie ball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome-possum
Fun movie that's flown under the radar for far too long. Give it a shot, you just may love it too!
Published on November 4, 2010 by Philip Hahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie!
If you enjoy Lawn Bowls, this is a fun movie. The American accents were also fun... being they were British bowlers -- but being American, we could forgive them, LOL.
Published on September 9, 2010 by E. Blackwood
5.0 out of 5 stars I just watched this movie on Hulu.
When I see National Lampoon in the title I don't expect too much , but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this film was. Read more
Published on September 8, 2010 by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory Be
I simply don't get it. Given a second thought, perhaps I do. If you've ever found yourself tantalized by the local paper's movie reviews, only to find, upon seeing a particular... Read more
Published on April 25, 2007 by James Green
5.0 out of 5 stars diamond in the rough
Over the years National Lampoon has put out it's share of horrible films ie Pledge This being the latest. This movie was funny and engaging. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Eric Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is crap
this movie sucked. i wish i didnt watch it. it takes place in england, so right there you know its gonna suck. i didnt realize that or i wouldnt have bought it. Read more
Published on February 26, 2006 by T. Lyons
I watched this movie with my girlfriend during what I was trying to call our 'National Lampoon' phase, which was really only my 'Discovering that National Lampoon is a Salable... Read more
Published on July 3, 2005 by Michael J. Poley
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