Guys and Balls (Maenner Wie Wir)
Guys and Balls (Maenner Wie Wir) (2006)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Melissa Levine
Village Voice

It sounds like gay porn, but it's actually a delightful romantic comedy from Germany.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

a by-the-book redemption-through-sports story with a few laughs, a few clichés, and those few annoying stereotypes that could have easily been omitted

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

A by-the-numbers ensemble dramedy that hits every underdog and gay-fish- out-of-water cliche on the nose.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If there's a gay cliche who doesn't flounce through this feel-good German comedy, he must have been out of town when the casting call went out, but its fundamental good nature is tough to resist.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Though it does elicit some laughs, we've seen this story of over-achieving underdogs too many times.

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Brian D. Schiller
Slant Magazine

Having seen Wet Hot American Summer, it's impossible to take any film seriously that follows the formula 'lovable band of misfits undergoes wacky training montage to come back and beat the evil team.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Ina S
Harmless yet incredibly fun German comedy about a gay soccer team. Great for a fun dvd night with friends, and a cute romance is at the center, of course.