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Guys and Balls (2004)

Männer wie wir (original title)
After their most recent loss, a soccer team discovers its goalie is gay and casts him out. He retaliates by bringing back an all-gay team for a game to prove who's better.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Eilender ...
Susanne jung 1
Leon Breitenborn ...
Ecki jung 1
...
Vater
...
Mutter
Anna Koesling ...
Susanne jung 2
Steven Wellmann ...
Ecki jung 2
Melody Sitta ...
Cordula jung
Jan Giffel ...
Udo jung
...
Ecki
Willi Thomczyk ...
Wirt
Jochen Stern ...
Rentner Rudi
...
Cordula (as Judith Delphine Hoersch)
Carlo Ljubek ...
Udo
Mirko Lang ...
Tobias
Tobias van Dieken ...
Bernhard (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

Fair-haired Ecki, the baker's son, has grown up the golden boy of his home town. All that changes the instant he and his soccer teammates discover he's gay. Now the object of scorn and ridicule (and finding himself unceremoniously kicked off his team), Ecki travels to the city of Dortmund to recruit an all-gay soccer team to return and prove to his town and his former soccer mates who the best men are. As first-time-out Ecki searches blindly through gay watering holes for players, his parents endure a rash of derisive gay jokes from the townies, leaving Ecki's gruff father to hope for a change in his son's orientation while also considering closing down the family business. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Jeder gibt sein bestes Stück. (Everyone gives his best part.)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Balls  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,425 (USA) (30 April 2006)

Gross:

$28,194 (USA) (4 June 2006)
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Karl places the ball on the spot at the end and then walks off the ground, the playing surface is completely fresh and unmarked as it would be before a game, not after a game. See more »

Quotes

Sven: I have the late shift.
Ecki: No problem.
Sven: Ecki?
Sven: What?
Sven: Why don't you come along? I'll just be hanging around anyway.
Ecki: Love to.
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, each actor's name is placed on the soccer grid where his position was played in the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Now That Everybody's Gone
Written by The Monochords
Performed by The Monochords
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User Reviews

 
funny, delightful comedy about a newly-formed gay soccer team that takes on prejudice and intolerance
18 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it has been done before-- an "against all odds" sports film. But this film tackles the genre in a funny, laugh-out-loud way. An odd assortment of characters-- some eccentric but all pretty much everyday folks-- are well-presented. The dialog is witty, the romance is sweet and the film is well-paced. You really root for these characters-- you like them and care about them. A light and fun two hours with no heavy messages or polemics. Sure, the film is predictable but the humor and the fact that you care for the characters prevents the rolling of eyes and the restlessness that often comes when you know what is ahead of you in a film.


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