Film #321: GOLDEN BALLS
2 out of 5 stars
A Spanish tragic-sex comedy starring a very young Javier Bardem (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Maria de Medeiros (PULP FICTION), and Benicio del Toro (THE WOLFMAN). This tale of greed, ambition, lust, and downfall falls flat due to its utterly unlikable characters and far-fetched plot twists. That said… no one shoots sex scenes like the Spanish and, if you’ve never seen one, this has some good ones. Sadly, the nubile women and macho men just aren’t enough to hold anyone’s interest and you almost can’t wait for Bardem’s Benito Gonzales to fall from his lofty heights. Javier Bardem fans will probably want to look elsewhere for their fix (unless they are completists). For example, his role in THE SEA INSIDE is mesmerizing. In the end, GOLDEN BALLS… shoots blanks.