February 11th, 2012: Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004)
I played paintball once as a child. I went to visit my grandma’s family out in California and their boys liked to go every couple of weeks. I was younger than them and inexperienced, so needless to say I got my ass kicked. In fact, I was shot in the back of the head. Going into Blackballed I hoped to find a film that captured the intensity of the sport. I was fortunate enough to receive not only that, but also a film that captures the ridiculousness of the game and those who play it. If you want to see realistic socially awkward men play a game that many consider childish, well you’re basically looking for this movie. It’s nothing incredible but it doesn’t do much wrong and tells a nice story of redemption in the form of mockumentary.
Best Part: Sometimes you can see the ending coming a mile away. While often this means that the filmmakers are uninspired or cliche, it can also mean that it is the ending it deserves. This movie is a good example of the latter, where I saw the ending coming because it was the ending it needed to tie everything together. It was very well done and enjoyable.
Worst Part: Okay, I get he’s supposed to be over-the-top, but there were a few times where I wanted to punch Eddie (Rob RIggle) right in the jaw. He’s brash, he’s disgusting, and he isn’t even that good, so why put up with him? Outside of the necessity of a fifth player, he is just a bit too annoying for his worth.
Side Note: I was expecting a much goofier Rob Corddry. In unknown movies with mostly unknown actors I tend to expect quirky performances but Corddry ends up playing the straight man for most of the comedy in this movie. He seems to be the only one aware of how bizarre these people are, which is a great aid to the films narrative. He even shows decent depth of character given the film’s course. One of his better roles that I’ve seen.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10. It’s funny but not extraordinary.