National Lampoon's Blackball
National Lampoon's Blackball (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

A full-on local crowd-pleaser, "Blackball" takes the genteel sport of, uh, lawn bowling and comes up with a shameless slice of Brit flag-waving comedy.

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Urban Cinefile

Tim Firth's script is functional on a sitcom level at best, and Mel Smith's direction differs from the usual hack job only in being a bit worse (especially in the frequent montages set to rock songs).

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Blackball is a cinematic dirty bomb, a mediocre "comedy" that offers as many laughs as a dentist's drill.

Peter Watts
Time Out

It's messy, but the real problem is: it's not funny.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

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.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Only occasionally does Blackball rise to the level of something that would stop you from flipping channels on TV.

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David Aldridge
Radio Times

The laughs here are way off-target. This Brit-flop won't be bowling anyone over.

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Edward Havens

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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...another variation on the "snobs versus slobs" formula codified by Caddyshack

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
Reasonably entertaining, and though I'm not sure that it's exactly how it happened it's all good fun.