National Lampoon's Blackball (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Blackball2005

National Lampoon's Blackball (2005)



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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 seeing Ray's daughter, the competition really begins to heat up.

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Paul Kaye
as Cliff Starkey
Vince Vaughn
as Rick Schwartz
James Cromwell
as Ray Speight
Alice Evans
as Kerry Speight
Vic Reeves
as TV Director
Mark Little
as Mark Doohan
Mark Dymond
as Kyle Doohan
Terry Alderton
as Bouncer Jonno
Emma Amos
as Local News Reporter
Paul Bentall
as Gate Guard
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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Blackball

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

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.

March 27, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A hackneyed portrait of zany British eccentrics whose limited appeal will presumably sink like a stone in the English Channel ...

October 1, 2003 | Full Review…

I can think of only two explanations for its comprehensive badness. Either the director, Mel Smith, went through the script, carefully excising all the funny lines, or Firth sub-contracted the writing chores to his accountant.

September 18, 2003 | Full Review…

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

July 22, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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).

October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Blackball

Reasonably entertaining, and though I'm not sure that it's exactly how it happened it's all good fun.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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