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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  18 June 2004 (USA)
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A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

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White Goodman is the owner and founder of Globo Gym, and would love nothing more than owning Average Joe's Gymnasium. Peter LaFleur doesn't want to lose his gym to Goodman, but can't find a way to get $50,000 in time. Peter and his gang of gym buddies think of ways to raise money, finally settling on winning a dodgeball tournament. White Goodman retaliates by creating his own dodgeball team to finish off Peter. Peter's team doesn't do too well, until legendary ADAA champ Patches O'Houlihan turns up ready to train them. Written by FilmFanUK

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gym | dodgeball | las vegas | ups | pirate | See All (107) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dodgeball  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,070,196 (USA) (18 June 2004)


$182,574 (Hong Kong) (19 November 2004)

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Norm MacDonald can be seen in some of the Globo Gym scenes. One is in the Globo Gym commercial. He is in the background working out. At one point he is talking to some girl who is working out and it looks like he's hitting on her. See more »


During the final match, Justin catches a ball, then Kate comes in and immediately catches another ball. This should result in a four-player swing (two in for Average Joes and two out for the Cobras); however, the announcer states that it is a "three-player swing". See more »


White Goodman: I know you. You know you. And I know you know that I know you.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the credits, there's a commercial for Average Joe's, followed by a quick glimpse of White Goodman's fate. See more »


References American Pie (1999) See more »


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27 September 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Once every few years, you're presented to a slapstick comedy so hilarious you instantly forget how LOW this form of entertainment actually is. I can't give a scientific explanation to state how come it's funny to see someone (preferably wearing glasses) getting hit in the face by a ball…it just is. Dodgeball is vulgar, crude and without substance…but your stomach will hurt from laughing and don't we all need that from time to time? In case you really want to defend this film, you can always say it features tons of unsubtle criticism towards modern American image of exaggerated health-obsession. Ben Stiller's character is the personification of the obnoxious fitness guru: 'We're better than you, and we know it'. Opposed to him, there's Vince Vaughn as the chilled-minded, lovable guy who owns a fitness center for the underdeveloped wimps. Due to his financial situation, he risks losing his gym to Stiller except if he and his teams of misfits manage to win the world-famous dodgeball tournament. The film is a series of cheap chuckles, eccentric characters and outrageous one-liners. It's pretty funny to hear Stiller yell out lines like: 'You're a skid mark on the underpants of society'. Or the always-amusing Rip Torn encouraging his team with the words: 'you're as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop'. The acting is great as it can be with Ben Stiller and Rip Torn who go delightfully over the top and lots of enthusiast cameos (Chuck Norris, David Hasselhof, William Shatner and even Lance Armstrong). It sure isn't Schindler's List but Dodgball is great entertainment and stress releasing.

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