BALLS OF FURY

Innocuous, inoffensive “comedy” about a former ping pong whiz kid who grows up to be a pudgy orphan working the Reno casinos with ping pong trickery to pay rent. He gets approached by an FBI agent (George Lopez) to infiltrate a ping pong tournament (“sudden death” takes on a new meaning here) at the secret hideaway (in Central America) of the mysterious Feng (Christopher Walken, in the only flat-out laugh-inducing role in the film) and falls for his trainer’s (James Hong, above this) daughter (Maggie Q). Silly, stupid, but watchable. Co-written by Thomas Lennon, who appears here fresh from RENO 9-1-1: MIAMI – THE MOVIE (the adaptation of his Comedy Central TV show), but never living up to the absurd humor of that series.

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