Balls, Balls, and More Balls

Look, the world needs another coming-out movie like I need a hole in my head, but sometimes I do see the necessity of continually recycling tired coming-out scenarios because every affirmation—a film, a book, a new queer neighbor, say—pushes folks closer and closer to complete self-acceptance. It's a long process—every little thing helps.

So if you can get around all the afterschool special-like cliches (albeit in a shade of pink), then the 2004 German comedy Guys & Balls is perfectly entertaining. When adorable goalie Ecki gets kicked off his town's soccer team for being gay, he challenges his homophobic teammates to a match to prove that a gay team could beat a straight team. So goes the irresistible premise of this underdog sports movie, and Ecki has just a few weeks to find gay guys who can play soccer and train them before the big game.

To most of you, there's nothing here you haven't really seen before, but, if it ain't broke, why fix it, right? Behold:

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