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Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)

  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 4,818 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Sport
  • Release Date: 9 April 2009 (Australia)
  • Runtime: Germany:87 min (European Film Market) | USA:92 min
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Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 4,818 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Sport
  • Release Date: 9 April 2009 (Australia)
  • Runtime: Germany:87 min (European Film Market) | USA:92 min
  • Filming Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Director: Danny Leiner
  • Stars: Seann William Scott, Randy Quaid and Brando Eaton
  • Original Music By: John Swihart   
  • Soundtrack: Pieces
  • Plot Keyword: Tennis | Janitor | School | Cleavage | Tennis Court

Writing Credits By:

  • Andy Stock (written by) &
  • Rick Stempson (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Script was discovered by the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 2005, going on to win the top prize. Within days, BlueCat sent screenplay to producer Peter Morgan to read.
  • Despite being direct-to-DVD in the US, the film was shown in theaters in Iceland.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Gary was in Chang's home, Chang asked his grandpa in Mandarin Chinese with thick US accent, and his grandpa answered it in Vietnamese. So clearly, those two don't speak the same language.

Plot: A high school janitor has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro. He begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits and leads them to the Nebraska State Championships. |  »

Story: A high school janitor has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro. He begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits and leads them to the Nebraska State Championships.


Synopsis: An overenthusiastic high-school maintenance man attempts to lead an unlikely group of misfits to the Nebraska state tennis championship.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Robbie Ferguson known as associate producer
  • Graham Larson known as executive producer
  • Danny Leiner known as executive producer
  • Aram Moezinia known as co-executive producer
  • Peter Morgan known as executive producer
  • Michael G. Nathanson known as producer (as Michael Nathanson)
  • John Penotti known as producer
  • Matthew H. Rowland known as executive producer (as Matthew Rowland)
  • Seann William Scott known as producer
  • Fisher Stevens known as executive producer
  • Tim Williams known as executive producer
  • Michael C. Young known as co-executive producer (as Michael Young)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seann William Scott known as Gary Houseman
  • Randy Quaid known as Coach Lew Tuttle
  • Brando Eaton known as Mike Jensen
  • Emilee Wallace known as Jenny Tuttle
  • A.D. Miles known as Steve Pimble
  • Leonor Varela known as Norma Sanchez
  • Tim Williams known as Dick Daubert
  • Ryan Simpkins known as Amy Daubert
  • Conor Donovan known as Burke Nibbons
  • Allen Evangelista known as Maricar Magwill
  • Justin Chon known as Joe Chang
  • Vincent Coleman Taylor known as Kevin Jones (as Vincent Taylor)
  • Bryan Mitchell known as Randy King
  • Remington Dewan known as Paul the Videographer
  • Meredith Eaton known as Mrs. Tuttle
  • Jon Overgaauw known as Brad Tuttle (as Jon Overgaaw)
  • Tricia Bergan known as Stephie the Stripper
  • Ven Phana known as Grandpa Chang
  • Brent Anderson known as Bill Jenson
  • Annalee Langham known as Mrs. Jenson
  • Zach Thatcher known as Ronny Jenson
  • Joseph Dwyer known as Tommy Tremble
  • Gerold Wunstel known as Franz the Tennis Umpire (as Gerold Markus Wunstel)
  • Daniel Ross Owens known as Jeffrey Vanier (as Daniel Ross)
  • Danielle Dwyer known as Sexy Blonde at Harvest Dance
  • Jack Newman known as Southpoint Coach
  • Jerry Haynes known as Stringerman
  • Deke Anderson known as Gil Houseman
  • Chandler Canterbury known as Gary Houseman (8 Years)
  • Colby Canterbury known as Dwight Houseman (11 Years)
  • Garrett Graham known as Gary's College Teammate 1 (as Garret Graham)
  • Clayton Kjos known as Gary's College Teammate 2
  • Eduardo DeLeon known as Mexican Tennis Player
  • Roland Uribe known as Mexican Umpire (as Hector Roland Uribe)
  • Cristal Dominguez known as Mexican Stripper
  • Tiger Darrow known as Triangle Girl in Tuttle's Class
  • Emily Cunningham known as Crying Girl in Hallway
  • Jamel Thomas known as Paramedic
  • Paul R. Keith known as Speaker at Funeral
  • Daniel Dwyer known as Golfer
  • Alan Swann known as Male Parent at Sports Meeting
  • Matthew Posey known as Male Parent 2 at Sports Meeting
  • Heather Garfinkle known as Angry Female Football Fan
  • Christopher Riley known as Southpoint Tennis Player
  • Bryan Aguinaga known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Heath Allyn known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Max Alpar known as Southpoint Teammate (uncredited)
  • Ro' Black known as Courtside Spectator (uncredited)
  • Brian Bogart known as Boy at Dance (uncredited)
  • JenelleRae Cardenas known as Tennis Fan (uncredited)
  • Shea Delaney known as Tennis Spectator (uncredited)
  • Kelley Estes known as Mourner / Tennis Fan (uncredited)
  • Michelangelo Flores known as Zapatista / Cantina Patron (uncredited)
  • Pablo D. Flores known as Zapatista Rebel (uncredited)
  • Evan Gamble known as Gary at 15 (uncredited)
  • Matthew Garth II known as Bar Guy (uncredited)
  • Gina Garza known as Tennis Fan (uncredited)
  • Jorge A. Jimenez known as Mexican Player at Bar (uncredited)
  • Hillary Johnston known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Sterling Knight known as Opposing Team Tennis Player (uncredited)
  • Lauren Lee known as Mourner / Tennis Fan (uncredited)
  • Ryan Lee known as Mourner / Tennis Fan (uncredited)
  • Brandon Lilly known as Bar Brawler (uncredited)
  • Robert E. Martinez known as Zapatista / Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Rupert Anthony Ortiz known as High School Fan (uncredited)
  • Marco J. Ramirez known as Mexican Tennis Player (uncredited)
  • Rachel Beth Reznick known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Andrew Rice known as Track Team Runt (uncredited)
  • Celeste Roberts known as Parent (uncredited)
  • Ernesto Rosas known as Zapatista Rebel / River Crosser (uncredited)
  • Sebastian Rosas known as Mexican Paint Huffer (uncredited)
  • Macy Salasel known as Student (uncredited)
  • Tiger Sheu known as Student (uncredited)
  • Suzanne M. Smith known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Scott A. Stevens known as Courtside Spectator (uncredited)
  • Justin Summers known as Student (uncredited)
  • Lindsay Van de Kirk known as Mourner (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Bridget Cook known as hair department head
  • Becki Drake known as first assistant makeup artist
  • Sharon Ray Ely known as hair stylist
  • Terri Ewton known as first assistant hair stylist
  • Suzi Ostos known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Amy Bell known as set decoration buyer
  • Josh Crist known as set dresser
  • Fred Daniel known as art department coordinator
  • Travis Eisenberg known as gang boss
  • Ryan Falkner known as storyboard artist
  • Jeff Hinds known as set dresser
  • Elliott Hostetter known as on-set dresser
  • Nyima Johnston known as buyer
  • Ian Sebastian Kasnoff known as lead man
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Marcus LaPorte known as set dresser
  • David Menefee known as carpenter
  • Victoria Ramirez known as props assistant
  • Jeremy Reeves known as set dresser
  • Cody Schibi known as storyboard artist
  • Marvin Schroeder known as props
  • Charles Seale known as carpenter
  • Jenni Wieland known as etch-a-sketch artist
  • Koen Wooten known as property master




Production Companies:

  • O.N.C. Entertainment
  • GreeneStreet Films

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Cut Music  music editorial services
  • Departure Studios  sound post-production
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Wildfire Studios  digital intermediate facility
  • Wildfire Studios  editorial facilities
  • Wildfire Studios  sound post-production


  • Blue Sky Media (2007) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Reality Check Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as visual effects
  • Hoon Bae known as visual effects
  • Rachel Clement known as digital cleanup artist
  • Dana Marin Fisher known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jason Howey known as visual effects
  • Aaron Kaminar known as visual effects supervisor
  • Paul Amadeus Kim known as digital cleanup artist (as Paul Kim)
  • Richard Servello known as digital artist
  • Cameron Thomas known as visual effects
  • Vivian Wei known as visual effects: Reality Check Studios

Release Date:

  • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • USA 13 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 9 April 2009
  • Sweden 1 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 15 July 2009
  • Iceland 15 July 2009 (theatrical release)

MPAA: Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and brief drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. MacAindrais from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 10:35 am

    Balls Out: The Gary Houseman Story (2009) **

    From Dodgeball to ping pong to basketball and even ice skating, sportshave been the basis for wacky oddball comedies as of late, some betterand funnier than others. This one doesn't star Will Ferrel or VinceVaughan. Instead, it's Sean William Scott. He's been been funny before,so O.K., not a bad start.

    The film's script apparently also won an award, I'm told. I'm notreally sure how. There's nothing new or unexpected. It's the usualroutine: a group of misfits gets an unruly new coach who turns themaround and leads them to glory.

    Sean William Scott plays tennis hasbeen/never-was Gary. He went on theMexican semi-pro tour after a few incidents in college, before settlingdown in Nebraska, because it's as good as anywhere really. Plus thereal estate is cheap (referring to a banged up motor home). He becamean engineer – the custodial branch. One day he gets the itch an runsout on the tennis court while the high school team is practicing. Thecoach (Randy Quaid) recruits him as his assistant. Gary, for somereason, is enamored with the coach, but then he dies. Because he's nota teacher, the school can't make him the head coach, at leastofficially. The new head coach (or co-assistant coach) has noexperience with tennis, or any other sport he says. In order to honorthe late coach, Gary is determined to coach the tennis team to a statechampionship.

    The cast includes lots of the usual oddballs: the gifted tennis playerwho reminds Gary of himself; wimpy kids afraid of getting hit with theball; the sexy foreign language teacher as the subject of theprotagonist's desires. There's also the late coach's teenage daughter,who interestingly, but oddly, has the hots for Gary before becoming thelove interest of the teams star player. Gary even recruits the weirdforeign kid – a pro ping pong player from the Philippines. He's neverplayed tennis before, but his hand/eye coordination must be amazing, asGary points out.

    Balls Out actually does manage to be occasionally endearing with itsgoofy characters. And Sean William Scott really can play a dirtygreaser very well – thanks most probably to his ability to grow a meanfumanchu. He seems so greasy it's almost offputting at times, but funnyat others. When the late coach's daughter plants one on him, for aminute it seems plausible that he'll actually go through with it. Thatscene does lead to the film's mandatory act of turmoil and challenge.Of course, it's overcome though.

    I had a fair share of laughs, but only a few roarers. The exchangestudent is comical in how quickly he himself becomes almost Gary'spartner in crime after moving into the motor home with him. In the end,Balls Out just isn't consistently funny enough, and too many of the bigjokes fall flat. The film will likely be released amid the January slewof films that studios would rather forget they made. I can't see themovie making a big box office splash, but it might do alright dependingon what weekend it lands.

  2. Dakotaen from Kalundborg, Denmark
    30 Mar 2012, 10:35 am

    When I first read a review of this movie, I wasn't sure I'd even botherwatching it. But, since I'm a major fan of Seann William Scott, I justhad to. And I'm happy I did! There's no doubt that the humor is aimedfor a specific audience, and if you're looking for mature jokes, atleast decent acting and/or a great storyline, you may as well go findanother movie, 'cause you won't get any of those things here.

    However, if you, like myself, enjoy stupid jokes, immaturity on a highlevel, and acting that doesn't need to be great, as long as it's funny,you've got a winner right here. From little girls who apparently usethe internet too much, to china men laughing their balls off, over toIndonesian table tennis players who don't speak a lick of English, thisflick just kicks you in the nuts at every turn, and that in a good way,I might add.

    Whenever I rate a movie, I don't look at individual acting, sets,lighting, directing or any other kind of technical pestilence. I aimdirectly at entertainment value on a personal level. And this movieentertained me all the way through, hence I give it an 8 out of 10. Iadvise everyone with a deep-in-the-dirt sense of humor to watch this,and hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

    Thanks to the makers.

  3. cinefile1968 from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 10:35 am

    OK, so this isn't exactly the next deer hunter. but i was hugelyentertained by this flick. out of nowhere a night in turned into anight of complete hilarity.

    if you're in the mood for something with depth, this isn't exactly thefilm for you. But for the light hearted comedy this film provides, itdefinitely deserves to show up as a blip on the viewers radar!Surprisingly i found a few fairly brilliant lines in this films and ifyou look past the slightly weak direction you will find an immenecelyentertaining performance from sean william and a brilliantlyentertaining film.

  4. Manyx X from London
    30 Mar 2012, 10:35 am

    I enjoyed this movie very much and i think that this is a classic SeanWilliam Scot movie. I admit that some bits of the movie have been donebefore and there are a lot of clichés in it. The movie really couldhave used some new jokes…. I really wasn't expecting more than what ihave seen in the last comedies of Sean William Scot and in some way itmet my expectation. Also i think that Sean William Scot didn't performat his best and sometimes the acting wasn't that great. For people whoare looking for something more than a funny movie i advice them to looksomewhere else.

    I rate it 7/10 because it could have been better.

  5. p-stepien from Poland
    30 Mar 2012, 10:35 am

    Gary (Sean William Scott) is a failed tennis player, who did somesemi-pro circuits in Mexico before getting thrown out. Penniless withhis dreams in tatters in ends up in a small Nebraska town, where hedecides to drop tennis and focus on different goals. Like being aschool janitor. Fate has a funny way of punching you in the balls andpush comes to shove when Gary ends up training the school's losertennis team.

    Sean William Scott is an immensely talented comedian with so many areashe could explore with his comedic feel. Unfortunately most of hiscareer paths involve eating turds, defecating and/or barfing. Thismovie is no exception to the rule with fart jokes coupled with somemidget humour being the norm and slightly more congenial jokes comingsparse, if at all. That said some of the especially absurd humourreally made me laugh.

    The movie really doesn't build too well and tends to bore a bit with noreal story building apart from the stereotypical losers turning intowinners. All in all this is Sean William Scott running the show and ifyou have disliked all the stuff he has done in the past just pass onthis movie. For the rest – nothing special, but if you have a couple ofbeers, spare time and no great expectations why not…

  6. jts0405 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:35 am

    Seann William Scott is usually hilarious. He was laugh out loud funnyin the first two American Pies and the 2008 comedy Role Models. Thiswas actually a major setback for him in general. On the extras for thePineapple Express DVD, it had several previews with this being one ofthem. I checked out the preview and then the following week atBlockbuster I rented it just for kicks. This was really horrible. RandyQuaid was the only funny part of this movie and he died like 20 minutesinto it. Then the rest of the movie was just an all out strangeexperience of seeing him form his suck squad Tennis team intochampions. The script was very poor and very unfunny. So I know he hasprobably been asked this already about this movie but, What's wrongSeann William Scott?


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