Church Ball
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High spiritual ideals don't quite mesh with the spirit of competition in this sports comedy. In the 1920s, the leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints began encouraging their congregations to form basketball teams and church leagues as a way to promote fitness, wholesome fun, and teamwork among Mormon youth. However, the downside of this plan was the rise of wildly competitive teams who were a lot more interested in winning at all costs than good sportsmanship. In the 1970s, Bishop Linderman (Fred Willard) has been watching his Mud Lake basketball team get trounced in the Church League… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

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"... a carefree, underdog sports comedy."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Relies heavily on dumb slapstick, including a few tasteless, low-brow moments."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Jokes fall flat, characterizations are sketchy at best, setups never receive their payoff, unnecessary subplots slow the already glacial pace."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Air ball . . . Air ball . . ."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"It commands more attention than previous efforts because of a wonderfully eclectic cast."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"Like Kurt Hale's previous Mormon comedies..., Church Ball envelops the viewer in the embrace of the familiar."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Recreational basketball leagues offer plenty to laugh at and screenwriter Paul Eagleston mined that material, but not as deeply as he needed to."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"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"
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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