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Wednesday, August 29

Ping Is The New Pong

Balls of Fury
Serve's Up!
Trailers & Mo

The State alums Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant have long ago earned their funny stripes. Yet for the past few years, the two have either been wasting their talents or showing their true colors when penning such Hollywood tripe as Herbie Fully Loaded, The Pacifier, Night at the Museum and Taxi. While we did peep Herbie, for Lohag purposes only, we didn't need any tomato meters to tell us to stay away from the others like the boo-bonic plague. So it is with great relief that their latest effort, Balls of Fury, shines a whole new light of hope on the thighnamic duo

The sell is simple: Christopher Walken is an evil lord of ping pong and the only one who can stop him is an overweight, clumsy Def Leppard fanatic schlub (played by the brilliant Dan Fogler, whose name you'll soon know in the many years to come), with a lil help from hottie Maggie Q, George Lopez (finally, we get the chance to see what he's got since we've all long avoided his ABC sitcom) and that dude from Big Trouble In Little China, whose shenanigans are worth the price of admission alone! If that premise doesn't pique your interest, then you muss be watching too may Judd Apatow comedies for your own good

The bottom line for any comedy is not the story, but laughter, and for the majority of the picture, Lennon and Garant deliver on the funny. Sure, it coulda been butter, but as of today, Balls of Fury is the mos hilarious American ping pong movie mt everest. Hell, they even outdid their fellow Staters' other summer movie The Ten [TWS review], which had a much better story, but juss didn't produce much laughter

Anime Foundation: as an old occupational hazard, I can't stand cartoons, hispecially ones that come from Japan. Yet in all my time working with the Empire of the Sun's animation, only one stole my heart, The Ping Pong Club. It's like Beavis & Butthead, without the videos and about 10 times the toon nudity!

Fun & Games: play ping pong online AND Celebrities Playing Table Tennis, including many yummy snaps, like one of Sean Connery havin a ball

John Grisham's Jizzum (aka Verdict): Jeepers Worth A Peepers

until next thyme the balcony is clothed...