Thank god somebody remembers how to do comedy. It's really simple. If you're doing really silly things, you have to play them totally straight. That's the only way it works. The Reno 911 team knows that so their sports/kung fu comedy Balls of Fury works like the classic slapstick spoofs.
Balls of Fury Review
There are at least three laughs a minute in Balls of Fury, so in 90 minutes you're getting about 300 giggles. They play ridiculous scenes totally matter of fact, a few cleverly staged gross-out gags, mess with their own patterns and throw in some total non sequiturs. This is the best sports comedy since Dodgeball.
The ping pong scenes are well shot athletic competitions. Even with some of the outrageous antics, there is a clear tension to the play and it is exciting. The power moves fit in like Blades of Glory and Dodgeball, heightening the real sport without disrespecting it. Dan Fogler is so committed to the lame Reno tricks, looking so happy, it's priceless.
The training scenes are extreme Mr. Miyagi tactics. Again, heightening the clichés like throwing wrenches at dodgeball players.
If you know martial arts movies, you'll delight seeing those formulae applied to ping pong, right down to the slaves. If you don't, you'll still get the joke. By now those Matrix shots are part of the formula that need to be included.
Fight scenes showcase all the basic moves, or what has become basic in today's fight scenes. Yeah, someone runs up a wall and flips behind, but it's always hot to see Maggie Q perform any such fete.
There are some legitimately cool action moves performed with paddles. Within the Enter the Dragon plot, they've made a compelling adventure within the insanity.
If it seems like I'm only praising Balls of Fury in the context of other movies, that's fine. These genres exist and it's a big deal to make a standout film within them. Comparisons are meant to exemplify the rare achievement of few films. Balls of Fury enters the hall of fame, or at least makes a great night out.