"Old Balls" is a slapstick parody of
the lives of over the hill "boomer" athletes, as they
approach their golden years. Never tiring of the game
these half crippled geriatrics respond to the clarion
call of "one last kick at the can" when they hear of a
match taking place at a Canadian summer camp.
Meatballs meets SCTV meets Canadian Bacon meets
Caddyshack meets Nightmare on Elm Street meets This Hour
Has 22 Minutes meets Just for Laughs - as all the
Canadian stereotypes are melded into one loosely
scripted low-budget spoof centred around has-been CFL
players, reliving the exploits of their pasts!
The challenge emanates from a brouhaha at a sportsman's
dinner when an old grudge disrupts an otherwise yawner
of a banquet and two old foes go at it tooth and tong,
no holds barred.
When a video of the carnage leaks out, political
correctness, anathema to these locker room rednecks, and
a public outcry from the "save the whales" liberal
meddlers forces the match to go underground, as the hue
and cry of public recrimination turns neighbours against
Apologies are demanded on the public
airwaves, in newspaper editorials, by Mothers Against
Drunken Debauchery, by People for the Ethical Towing of the
Line, by City Councils eager to enact laws regulating
But none are forthcoming.
The word of a rematch leaks out on a local news channel when
a curmudgeonly washed up jock reporter spills the beans in a
prime time newsclip analyzing the Brouhaha. Suddenly old
codgers in geriatric wards, on chiropractic tables, in
wheelchairs, in retirement homes, hospital beds, and mental
institutes are ignited into action by the combination of
nostalgic flashbacks of past hijinks, and the thrill of
reliving the exploits of their youth.
This flashback theme is consistent throughout the film, and
serves to appeal to a youth audience, who are drawn to the
contrast between the handcuffs on the youth of today vs. the
relative freedom enjoyed by the boomers in their youth.
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