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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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Me'Shell Jones (as Jamal E. Duff)
Tournament Referee


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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Grab life by the ball. See more »


Comedy | Sport

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 USA:

$30,070,196, 20 June 2004, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


Norm MacDonald can be seen in some of the Globo Gym scenes; one is in the Globo Gym commercial, where 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 is hitting on her. See more »


When Patches says, "I ain't crazy, and I ain't a guy", his lip movements do not match up to what he is saying. See more »


White Goodman: Stick it in your ear, La Fleur. I wouldn't sell you your gym back for all of King Midas' silver. The gym is mine! So you can take your band of yellow-bellied losers and just crawl on outta here!
Peter La Fleur: You're right, White. I can't make you sell back my gym, so I'll just take your advice and invest in something. Say... the controlling stake of Globo Gym.
White Goodman: That's preposterous! I'd never allow it.
Kate Veatch: Globo Gym is a publicly-traded company, there's nothing you can do about it.
Peter La Fleur: So, I would control Globo Gym ...
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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 »


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Written by Michael Nesmith
Performed by Me First and The Gimme Gimmes (as Me First and The Gimmie Gimmes)
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Pretty much as funny as they say it is
8 February 2005 | by 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.


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