6.7/10
185,819
392 user 192 critic

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 18 June 2004 (USA)
Trailer
0:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.
Reviews
Popularity
925 ( 372)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Stars: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell
Action | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams
Step Brothers (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen
Old School (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

With the '70s behind him, San Diego's top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd
Knocked Up (2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child.

Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Me'Shell Jones (as Jamal E. Duff)
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

White Goodman (Ben Stiller) is the owner and founder of Globo Gym, and would love nothing more than owning Average Joe's Gymnasium. Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) 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 dodge ball tournament. White Goodman retaliates by creating his own dodge ball team to finish off Peter. Peter's team doesn't do too well, until legendary ADAA champ Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) turns up ready to train them. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

A true underdog story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dodgeball  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$114,324,072 (USA) (29 October 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Justin Long, Stephen Root, and Joel Moore all appeared previously in the independent film Raising Genius (2004). See more »

Goofs

When Average Joe's have their first game, the Qualifying match, they face Troop #417, and when the referee blows the whistle, Justin goes for the ball by sliding on his chest, and he clearly goes past the half line, but in the next scene, he is still playing, and no one has caught a ball. See more »

Quotes

Cotton McKnight: [after Average Joes dressed in S&M enters the arena]
[slowly takes off glasses]
Cotton McKnight: ... Oh... my... sweet Jesus...
Pepper Brooks: [stares stupidly] ... that's rad.
See more »

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 »


Soundtracks

Dunkie Butt
Written by Isiah Pinkney, Robert F. Gordon, John Starks, Fred Wesley (as Fred Wesley Jr.) and James Brown
Performed by 12 Gauge
Courtesy of Volcano Entertainment III, L.L.C.
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
(contains a sample of "The Payback" performed by James Brown)
Courtesy of Universal Records, under license from Universal Enterprises).
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Pretty much as funny as they say it is
8 February 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When average Joe's gym, run by Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) is under threat of take over by White Goodman (Ben Stiller), La Fleur and his gym members must raise $50,000 to save it. The only way to do it is Dodge Ball, and with the help of a seasoned professional, maybe they have a chance.

Great characters, and a hilarious script make dodge ball a Hit, Ben Stiller's and Rip Torn's characters are particularly well written, but none of the characters fail to get a laugh, and there is a good blend of them on show.

Definitely worth a look for anyone who fancies a laugh. It's not a classic, but it doesn't fail to entertain with it's slapstick style.

7/10


30 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wouldn't Peter have forfeited his bribe by winning the game? awkemp
Steve the Pirate complicatedmoonlight
Favorite movie quote's collluvsrodge
Cole/Bateman Shamme4206
If this movie was made in the 1980s massaro44
Original ending : reality or hoax ? lefrelonvert
Discuss Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page