Lady Ballers is a Slam Dunk
A spoiler-free review of the latest offering on DailyWire+
The first-ever feature-length comedy put out by the DailyWire+ platform, “Lady Ballers” promises to be ‘The Most Triggering Comedy Of The Year.’ Since it looked like a ruthless mockery of men self-identifying into women’s sports, I naturally had to see it.
Check out the trailer:
So, I canceled my Disney+ subscription, signed up for the DailyWire+ instead, and got ready to laugh. I went in with high hopes, especially because the movie trailer alone had already provoked some triggered headlines.
“This Trailer For a 'Comedy' Film About Trans Athletes Is the Worst Thing We've Ever Seen” sniveled Out Magazine.
“Rightwingers made a “comedy” movie attacking trans women in sports & it looks terrible” insisted LGBTQ Nation.
(Curiously, both outlets seemed to think that Matt Walsh was portraying a “trans” “queer” character and I have absolutely no idea how they came to this conclusion. It’s hilarious and extremely telling that they saw a man in a wig and thought he was meant to be a woman, oops!).
The film stars and was directed by Daily Wire co-founder Jeremy Boreing. Boreing had to step in as the main character because no other actors would touch the role, even “canceled” ones. Other Daily Wire personality appearances include the previously mentioned Matt Walsh, Michael Knowles, and Ben Shapiro, among others.
Before I watched the movie, I assumed the trailer pretty much gave away the whole plot. While it essentially does (a group of men say they are women and dominate at women’s sports), there was also a lot more depth and substance to the story than I expected, as well as some fun sub-plots along the way.
As a comedy, I thought it was hilarious. The jokes, and there was an endless stream of them, were well-timed with punchlines that made you laugh out loud. There were some pretty outrageous moments as well and I have to admit that I didn’t quite expect the Daily Wire to go there. And no, the jokes weren’t all about men looking ridiculous while pretending to be lady athletes, though that was certainly played up. The movie lampooned woke culture more broadly, from masking to white men being the only acceptable targets for everything from derision to tasing (as long as they don’t identify as women).
Honestly, those moments were funnier to me than the moments showing men clobbering women in sports because the latter is almost too painfully close to reality. Yes, the movie plays it up and the scenes of crazed fans celebrating these men can still be considered slightly over the top but… is it really? In the real world, Will Thomas was allowed to swim against women. In the real world, women’s cycling podiums are overrun by men. In the real world, men have been allowed to pummel women in MMA. It’s hard to get more ridiculous than that.
The movie did a great job of showing how people mindlessly go along with this nonsense as well as some of the reasons they might do it. It also showed that it should eat at you if you have any conscience at all.
I think most people who are aware of the massive injustice taking place in women’s sports are going to enjoy this movie because savage and prominent satire of the situation is long overdue, and it’s a good comedy besides.
Those who took issue with the opening and closing sequences of Matt Walsh’s “What Is A Woman?” documentary, where sex differences are played up a little, will likely take issue with this movie’s message about the differences between men and women that go beyond the physical. The movie expects and pokes fun at that, too.
The Daily Wire is a conservative media company and people who consider themselves progressive aside from the trans issue are going to find plenty of reasons to quarrel with its mild conservative messaging. Quite frankly, I found it refreshing just how subtle the messaging was considering the virtue signals that mainstream progressive shows and movies consistently slap viewers silly with.
The Daily Wire is striving to not just critique culture but to create culture, and it was nice to have a piece of culture to connect with on so many levels. Lately, when I see a movie, I brace myself for something unbearably woke to annoy me, and it’s often trans-related. I usually find it pretty easy to just suck it up and enjoy the film as a whole, but it was nice not to have to do that for once. 7.5/10
Oh, and make sure you don’t miss the post-credit scene!
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