PJ and I just finished watching Guys and Balls, a German movie about a soccer goalie who gets kicked off his local team because he’s gay. When his teammates harrass him about his sexuality, he ends up betting them he can beat them with a new, all gay team in four weeks.

Here’s the preview:

Guys and Balls is a fairly predictable, but nevertheless somewhat enjoyable queer sports movie. The main character, Ecki, played by Maximilian Bruckner, is likeable enough but suffers from the usual movie coming out issues: his dad is too distant and thinks his son is now too girlie and he can’t hold his new boyfriend’s hand in public. And a lot of movie is based on stereotypes: Ecki’s new teammates are mostly stereotypes of one sort or another: leathermen, the flamer, the Beckham fanatic, even the straight man pretending to be gay in order to get close to the girl, Ecki’s sister. All of the plot’s conflicts are also resolved a little too easily for a movie that’s only 106 minutes long.

There’s also another problem with the film: a gay sports should always include a significant number of lockerroom scenes (and the attendant activities that occur in lockerrooms). Otherwise, why make a queer sports movie in the first place? Athletes dressing and undressing, walking around naked, taking showers — is that the point of a gay sports movie?! Guys and Balls delivers a couple of lockerroom scenes, but they’re even more tame than the lockerroom shots during the first season of Footballers Wives. (The first season’s scenes were great — excuse me while I pause to remember some of the scenes featuring Gary Lucy, who played Kyle ….)

Despite these problems, Guys and Balls is a fun little popcorn and vodka tonic kind of movie. You can’t take it seriously, and it’s not a laugh a minute, but it’s as good or better than a lot of gay movies.