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Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
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08.21.2006 By: Matt Hosack
Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story order
Director:
Brant Seresen

Actors:
Rob Corddry
Paul Scheer
Rob Riggle

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
He was the sportís first superstar. He cheated. He was banned for 10 years. Now, Bobby Dukes (Rob Corddry) is back to reclaim his soul and his title. It just so happens that heís got a few digital cameras with him to document the journey. An exercise in realism and satire meanders its way out of BLACKBALLED.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I didnít care too much for this film. WHY - I wasnít sure what this film was supposed to be. Is it a comedy? Is it a documentary? Is it social commentary? Is it entertainment? If I have to ask these questions, itís usually not a good sign. First and foremost, this is a ďdocumentary?Ē about paintballing and all it entails. This fact will either immediately turn you on or off to this film. I have to say, while I do paintball every few weekends a year, this film just didnít do it for me. Another downfall is the movie appears to be billed as a comedy, throwing Corddryís name around a lot and making sure we know that heís from John Stewartís great show. This film is NOT a straight comedy. I only chuckled a few times but was mainly bored and uninterested throughout the film.

So, what happens in BLACKBALLED? Well, you slowly learn that Bobby Dukes is good at paintballing but everybody hates him. Dukes assembles a team of true losers who try to claim back the title match. What we get is a whole lot of BLAIR WITCH PROJECT but with no Kevin Smith-like dialogue or substance to it. Even the paintball match scenes are not very well choreographed and are quite confusing. Watching this movie, I could feel my brain cells deteriorating. At the end of the day, I have to ask: whatís the point?
THE EXTRAS
Cast Commentary w/ Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer & Rob Riggie >> This is some average commentary but you do learn some facts about the movie.

Filmmaker Commentary w/ Brant Sersen, Brian Steinberg & Chris Lechler >> Much like making this movie was, listening to the commentary was a chore. As I suspected, there was no rhyme or reason for this film.

Outtakes >> This is a mixed bag of some funny scenes and a lot of unfunny scenes.

Deleted Scenes >> There are three deleted scenes that are just here for filler methinks.

Bobby Dukesí Video Diary >> If this was in the movie, I probably would have liked the movie more. Here, Rob Corddry shines with tons of sex jokes.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Have you ever been pissed off when a movie pretty much didnít entertain you, but you watched a special feature on the DVD and it was genius pissing you off even more? Thatís BLACKBALLED. To sum up this movie in two words, Low Grade.

Bottom Line : I got BLACKBALLED of my precious time
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