Church Ball
Church Ball (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

... a carefree, underdog sports comedy.

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

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Eric D. Snider

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Jokes fall flat, characterizations are sketchy at best, setups never receive their payoff, unnecessary subplots slow the already glacial pace.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Air ball . . . Air ball . . .

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Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

It commands more attention than previous efforts because of a wonderfully eclectic cast.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Recreational basketball leagues offer plenty to laugh at and screenwriter Paul Eagleston mined that material, but not as deeply as he needed to.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

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