Film Reviews

Balls of Fury

1. Balls of Fury is a movie about:

a. A former table tennis prodigy (Dan Fogler as Randy Daytona) enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the underground ping-pong tournament of a legendary Chinese criminal (Christopher Walken).

b. Suppository jokes.

c. Little worth discussing and even less worth seeing.

d. All of the above.

2. In his first leading role for the big screen, Fogler, a Tony Award-winning actor (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), can best be described as:

a. A comedic genius.

b. Killing time until his agent gets a call from Judd Apatow.

c. A cross between Jack Black and Richard Simmons.

3. Because the FBI agent who approaches Randy is played by a Latino (George Lopez), he will be made to say:

a. "Maricón!"

b. "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!"

c. "Nigga, pleez!"

d. "Say hello to my little friend!"

4. When Randy undergoes intensive ping-pong training at the Happy Mu Shu Palace ("If Mu Shu fits, wear it!"), his guru, Wong (James Hong), offers the following inscrutable advice:

a. "Be as the cricket."

b. "The cheeks cannot hold the smoke. That is what it is."

c. "Ping Pong is not the Macarena."

d. "I miss you, Victor Wong."

5. Are Chinese people funny?

a. Yes.

b. No.

c. Totally, like with those weird little sticks they use to eat and everything!

6. As Feng, the criminal mastermind/ping-pong enthusiast, Walken can best be described as:

a. A comedic genius.

b. Killing time until his agent gets a call from Judd Apatow.

c. Ka-ching, bitches!

7. When Feng's Amazonian henchwoman offers the services of sex slaves to Randy, it's funny because:

a. They're dudes!

b. They're dudes who scream like little girls.

c. Oh I get it: sarcasm. Lighten up, homo.

8. Maggie Q costars as:

a. A pair of breasts.

b. A pair of breasts that know kung-fu.

c. Who's Maggie Q?

9. Balls of Fury is best viewed:

a. At the multiplex.

b. On an airplane.

c. Loaded.

d. Never.

10. Balls of Fury is to The Sound and the Fury as:

a. Freddy Got Fingered is to Finnegans Wake

b. Borat is to Austerlitz

c. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is to The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

d. Superbad is to Tractatus Logico-­Philosophicus

11. Balls of Fury belongs in the tradition of:

a. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Blades of Glory

b. Enter the Dragon, Fists of Fury

c. The Karate Kid, Big Trouble in Little China

d. Wu Tang Forever

e. Ka-ching, bitches!

12. Balls of Fury was written by:

a. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

b. A racist monkey.

13. Balls of Fury should have been directed by:

a. Don't hate. Mr. Garant did a lovely job.

b. Stephen Chow.

c. Jacques Rivette

14. This review is:

a. As lazy as the movie under ­consideration.

b. Lazier than the movie under ­consideration.

Bonus Question: Which insufferable, waddle-ass "film critic" sitting behind me evidently found Balls of Fury endlessly hilarious?

The first reader to answer each question correctly will receive a CD of Def Leppard's Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection, plus a gift certificate worth $40 good toward a table tennis club or male escort of your choice. Email answersto [email protected]. The correct an­swers and winning entry will be announced on our Web site September 5.

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