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BALLS OUT - THE GARY HOUSEMAN STORY: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Gary (Seann William Scott), an overzealous high school janitor who has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro, begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits after the high school tennis coach Lew Tuttle (Randy Quaid) drops dead. With his unorthodox coaching style, Gary must try and lead them to the Nebraska State Championships.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A tad too obvious for my liking but then it's a Sean William Scott movie - so obviously it's obvious. But as a tennis redemption movie (not too many of them around) it stands out for a sense of gruff fun, heading for the predictable with a sense of carefree abandon.

Randy Quaid is likeably dark edged as a crude Coach Tuttle in every sense, but doesn't have much to do before he drops dead. Sean William Scott just does his offensive, juvenile, bad mouthed, uncouth thang. Sometimes it's amusing in the right context, but he doesn't get enough context in Balls Out.

The comedy lets rip here and there, including a sex joke about short people, and dwarf throwing. You get the picture.

Published April 9, 2009



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Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

BALLS OUT - THE GARY HOUSEMAN STORY: DVD (MA)
(US, 2009)

CAST: Sean William Scott, Randy Quaid, Brando Eaton, Leonore Varela, Meredith Eaton, Emilee Wallace

PRODUCER: Michael G. Nathanson, John Penotti

DIRECTOR: Danny Leiner

SCRIPT: Andrew Stock, Rick Stempson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rogier Stoffers

EDITOR: Matthew Rohrs

MUSIC: John Swiheart

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Steve Rosenzweig

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive

DVD RELEASE: April 9, 2009







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