Guys and Balls

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Guys and Balls Review


A gay German soccer comedy? Well, why not? The unfortunately named Guys and Balls is diverting enough and would be totally harmless entertainment if it didn't help perpetuate some of the stereotypes it's trying to discredit.

Young Ecki (Maximilian Brückner) has been playing for the same soccer club for 15 years, but when he's outed in the locker room one unhappy day, the team has no problem dumping him on the spot with a volley of verbal cruelties and insults. Too proud to go quietly, Ecki tells his former friends that he'll go find a gay soccer team and bring them back for a challenge match in just one month. "Go ahead and try, fairy," is the response.

When his traditional father, a baker who makes a mean pretzel, hears of all this, he tosses Ecki out, and the distraught young man heads to the provincial city of Dortmund to stay with his sister and to recruit a team. Cue the stereotypes.

In his travels Ecki is lured into a hardcore leather bar and is almost gang-raped before he finds a trio of cohabitating leather daddies who want to play. Stopping off at a gyro shop, he notices that the Turkish counterboy minces around and eyeballs a framed picture of David Beckham. Well, obviously he plays on Ecki's "team," and yes, he agrees to join up. The ranks are filled out by a couple of agile Brazilians who fly around the field doing cool capoeira moves and some other guys, and then the training montage can commence. Ecki's name for the team: The Crossbar Bangers. The shirts are pink.

The team is coached by a dissolute former German soccer star called Karl (Rolf Zacher), who is reluctant to associate with this motley crew, not that he has anything better to do other than drink. And things really look up for Ecki when the handsome Sven (David Rott) also joins the team, and true love blossoms instantly.

Yes, there will be an extremely rough soccer match to climax the film, and no, the outcome won't surprise you. This is a by-the-book redemption-through-sports story with a few laughs, a few clichés, and those few annoying stereotypes that could have easily been omitted to make the film feel more authentic.

Aka Männer wie wir.

Balls not shown.



Guys and Balls

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 7th October 2004

Distributed by: Regent Releasing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Sherry Horman

Producer: Kirsten Hager, Eric Moss, Andreas Schneppe

Starring: Maximilian Brückner as Ecki, Dietmar Bär as Eckis Vater, Saskia Vester as Eckis Mutter, David Rott as Sven, Rolf Zacher as Karl, Mariele Millowitsch as Elke, as Rudolf, Carlo Ljubek as Udo, Lisa Maria Potthoff as Susanne, Charly Hübner as Horst, Willi Thomczyk as Kartenverkäufer

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