National Lampoon's Blackball
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National Lampoon's Blackball
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Only occasionally does Blackball rise to the level of something that would stop you from flipping channels on TV."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A fine comic cast, an irreverent script, and a lot of balls."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"Shares very little in common with the anarchic humor of the magazine, live shows, records or movies that made the Lampoon name so venerated in the first place."
‑ Edward Havens,
"...another variation on the "snobs versus slobs" formula codified by Caddyshack"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Blackball is a cinematic dirty bomb, a mediocre "comedy" that offers as many laughs as a dentist's drill."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"a humorless bit of nonsense"
‑ Christopher Null,
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