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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 (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

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

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A true underdog story. See more »

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

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Dodgeball  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The song that was playing during the introduction of the first team that the Average Joe's plays (The Girl Scouts) is the same song that is played during the introduction of the last match (when they play Globo Gym). See more »

Goofs

In the sudden death match White Goodman has his hand over the ball before the referee announces "Dodgeball" but in the next shot his hands are back at his sides See more »

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Casino Worker: [a casino worker and a security guard wheels out a huge treasue chest] Here are your winnings, Mr. La Fleur. Congratuations.
Peter La Fleur: Right on time. I appreciate it. Thanks, guys.
White Goodman: [curious with anger] Winnings? What winnings? What winnings? What is that?
Peter La Fleur: Oh, gosh! I totally forgot to tell you, White. I took the $100,000 bribe you gave me last night and I put on us to win. We were going at fifty to one. Anyone? Top of your head. What's 50 times $100,000?
Owen: $50,000?
Kate Veatch: $5 million! Peter, are you kidding me?
Peter La Fleur: [...]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there's a bizarre rant from White Goodman to the audience with his comments on the film's ending and a related odd musical interlude. See more »

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References Daddy Day Care (2003) See more »

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Heroes Never Die
Written by Rick Rhodes (as Anthony Goddard) and Ron Komie
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superior slapstick comedy - tightly scripted, it gets immense mileage out of the flimsiest of gags
3 October 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Go and see it. It's one of the best comedies of the year and a lot funnier than it should be given the flimsy premise. Ben Stiller has a big 'Globo' health club worth millions (it even includes cosmetic surgery facilities - they know that 'fatness is genetic, like baldness or necrophilia'). The lovely Christine Taylor is his lawyer, charged with getting rid of the 'Average Joe' gym across the road so they can build a parking lot for Globo customers. She takes a liking to the 'underdog' owner of the Average Joe gym though, and helps them in their plan to win a Dodgeball contest in order to get the money they owe. Dodgeball is an 'obscure' sport that mostly consists of throwing a ball to hit your opponent (look it up on the Net - Dodgeball fans take it quite seriously!) Even when I describe the film, I think 'it sounds awful' - I probably would have avoided it if it hadn't been recommended so highly - and I recommend you stay till the *very end* of the credits for one of the best scenes (which also takes a swipe at the US film-making industry!)


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