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National Lampoon's Blackball

3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL LAMPOON TAKES ON THE STAID WORLD OF LAWN BOWLING IN THIS UPROARIOUSLY FUNNT SEND UP OF A SPORT OUR ENGLISH COUSINS HAVE ENJOYED, FOUGHT OVER AND BET ON FOR YEARS.

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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:
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  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006JMLTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By I. Stanley on January 16, 2006
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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Loved it! Funny like "Men with Brooms". Vince Vaughn is awesome in it!

JP
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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. I think most of the negative reviews of this movie come from those who like the usual junk that National Lampoon puts out, and since this movie is well written, acted and directed it puts them off. If you're someone who enjoys a well written character study over bathroom humor, I think you'll enjoy this film.
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This movie, based on a true story, was enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately, it is not closed-captioned so many hearing-impaired people will not be able to watch it.
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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 movie, that your opinion actually differed from the voice upon high (blasphemy!), you may consider yourself baptized.

Paul Kaye acts his behind off, while it's nice to see James Cromwell (Babe, Clear and Present Danger) in majestic motion. Vince Vaughn adds a nice touch of extra comedy and you can't go wrong with Mr. Double Down.

This movie might not be funny if: you need a laugh-track to cue the humorous parts, story and character development take a backseat to explosions and gratuitous T/A, or this movie was not featured in the Men's Health Entertainment Section, and if you're reading that, I can only pray for your conversion in the least anyways.

The National Lampoon moniker threw me at first, but don't let it deter you. Even the worst tennis player scores a point now and then. Bring on the soundtrack featuring Queen, The Who, and U2. The only thing missing from this movie is a Stone Roses song. I waited to write this review until I had two copies in my library, so now drink deep from the well and be satisfied at last.
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