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18 June 2004 (USA) See more »
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Grab Life by the Balls (Australia & Europe) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very silly but fun despite the odd patch of misses See more (386 total) »

Cast

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Vince Vaughn ... Peter La Fleur

Christine Taylor ... Kate Veatch

Ben Stiller ... White Goodman

Rip Torn ... Patches O'Houlihan

Justin Long ... Justin

Stephen Root ... Gordon

Joel David Moore ... Owen

Chris Williams ... Dwight

Alan Tudyk ... Steve the Pirate

Missi Pyle ... Fran

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

Gary Cole ... Cotton McKnight

Jason Bateman ... Pepper Brooks

Hank Azaria ... Young Patches O'Houlihan

Al Kaplon ... Tournament Referee

Lance Armstrong ... Himself

Chuck Norris ... Himself

William Shatner ... Dodgeball Chancellor

David Hasselhoff ... German Coach

Julie Gonzalo ... Amber

Trever O'Brien ... Derek

Cayden Boyd ... Timmy

Rusty Joiner ... Blade

Kevin Porter ... Lazer

Brandon Molale ... Blazer

Suzy Nakamura ... Gordon's Wife

Lori Beth Denberg ... Martha Johnstone (as LB Denberg)
Julia Ensign ... Cheerleader #1
David Boyd ... Cheerleader #2
Bowd Beal ... Cheerleader #3 (as Bowd J. Beal)

Curtis Armstrong ... Mr. Ralph

Tate Chalk ... Waldorf Referee
Jordyn Colemon ... Angry Troop #417 Girl
Hayley C. Rosales ... Bernice - Crying Troop #417 Girl (as Hayley Rosales)
Bix Barnaba ... Homeless Man
Earl Schuman ... Elderly S&M Enthusiast
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter ... S&M Man
Tony Daly ... Ronnie
Amy Stiller ... Keno Waitress

Jim Cody Williams ... Weird Guy with Monster Truck
John Kesler ... Alec

Doug Grimes ... Casino Roughian

Scarlett Chorvat ... Joyce

Matt Levin ... Casino Worker #1

Rawson Marshall Thurber ... Obnoxious Las Vegas Homophobe (as Rawson Thurber)
Sik End ... Friendly Bondage Master

Stephen B. Turner ... Frustrated Cougar

Tim Soergel ... Frustrated Cougar #2
Andy Chanley ... Uber Film Narrator / Globo Gym Ad Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Priscilla Leona Horne ... Naughty Nurse (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kennedy ... Frustrated Cougar #3 (uncredited)
Tobias McKinney ... German Blitzkrieg Player (uncredited)

Brian W. Wallace ... Lumberjacks Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rawson Marshall Thurber 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Rawson Marshall Thurber (written by)

Produced by
Stuart Cornfeld .... producer
Mary McLaglen .... executive producer
Rhoades Rader .... executive producer
Ben Stiller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Theodore Shapiro 
 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Zielinski (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Baumgarten (film editor)
Peter Teschner (film editor)
 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Blythe Cappello 
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Maher Ahmad 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Max Cahn 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Ramsey 
 
Makeup Department
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist: Mr. Torn
Linda D. Flowers .... hair stylist
Shana Fruman .... hair stylist
Lisa Layman .... makeup artist: Mr. Stiller
Lisa Layman .... makeup department head
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist
Denise Paulson .... makeup artist
Deborah Ann Piper .... hair department head
Gabriella Pollino .... hair stylist
Amy Schmiederer .... makeup artist
Richard Snell .... special makeup effects artist
Cinzia Zanetti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Monica Levinson .... production supervisor
Deborah Liebling .... executive in charge of production
Mary McLaglen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... first assistant director
Seth Edelstein .... second assistant director
Deborah Greaney Donovan .... additional second second assistant director (as Deborah Greaney)
Monica Kenyon .... additional second second assistant director (as Monica M. Kenyon)
Steve Lonano .... second second assistant director
Steve Lonano .... second unit director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director
Raymond Prado .... second unit director
Paul Schneider .... key second assistant director: additional photography
Jeffrey Wetzel .... first assistant director: additional photography
Darrell Woodard .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Sharon E. Alshams .... set designer
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist
Larry Clark .... paint supervisor
Gregory Diggins .... carpenter
J. Michael Glynn .... set dresser
Austin Gorg .... assistant art director
Joe Griffith .... storyboard artist
Laura Hopkins .... graphic designer: reshoots
Tim Jackson .... general foreman
Patrick Janicke .... concept illustrator
George Karnoff .... leadman: re-shoot
Christian Kastner .... on-set dresser
Ricky Lewis Jr. .... storyboard artist
Sean Mannion .... property master
Lee Ross .... on-set scenic
Steve Salazar .... propmaker
Grant Samson .... lead man
Thomas Spencer .... set dresser
Robert Stover .... buyer
 
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (as George Anderson)
Brian Basham .... sound recordist
Bill Burns .... assistant sound editor
Bill Burns .... supervising adr assistant
David V. Butler .... dialogue editor
Steve Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Bryan Carrigan .... digital recordist
Joe Dorn .... adr supervisor
Matthew T. Duncan .... temp. sound recordist
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Tanya Noel Hill .... auricle operator
Mildred Iatrou .... dialogue editor (as Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Klein .... sound effects editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Scott La Rue .... boom operator
Bruce Lacey .... foley editor
Gregg Landaker .... supervising sound mixer
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Darryl Linkow .... sound mixer: second unit
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer
Steve Maslow .... supervising sound mixer
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Joe Schiff .... sound effects editor
Cherie Tamai .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Don White .... foley recording mixer
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator
Gary D'Amico .... special effects director
Werner Hahnlein .... special effects director
Werner Hahnlein .... special effects foreman
Chris Jones .... special effects technician (as Chris G. Jones)
Michael Roundy .... special effects technician
Ken Tarallo .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
Bill Church .... digital artist
Brian Clawson .... digital artist
John Coats .... visual effects supervisor: second unit
Johannes Gamble .... digital artist
Anne Graham .... digital artist
David D. Johnson .... visual effects supervisor (as David Johnson)
Nina Kawasaki .... visual effects editor
Sean Kennedy .... visual effects: Pacific Vision Productions
Steve Koch .... digital artist
Craig Kuehne .... visual effects
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor
Greg Paddock .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Joey Box .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (as Joey Bucaro)
Nathan Castle .... stunts
Arnold Chon .... stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt coordinator
Greg Fitzpatrick .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Todd Lester .... stunts
Eddie Matthews .... stunts
Matt Norklun .... stunts (as Matt Norklum)
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts
R.C. Ormond .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Casey Pieretti .... stunts
Nicole Randall .... stunts
Don Ruffin .... stunts
Carolyn Sapp Daniels .... stunts (as Carolyn Sapp)
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Sven-Ole Thorsen .... stunts (as Sven Thorsen)
Jim Vickers .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
Jeff Wolfe .... stunts
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
Greg Anderson .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Cass Asher .... stunt double: Vince Vaughn (uncredited)
Joey Box .... stunt double (uncredited)
Eddie Braun .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt double (uncredited)
Greg Fitzpatrick .... stunt double: Ben Stiller (uncredited)
Clyde Goins .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Craig Jensen .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
Eddie Matthews .... stunt double: Stephen Root (uncredited)
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Peewee Piemonte .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Hans Raith .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Nicole Randall .... stunt double (uncredited)
Carolyn Sapp Daniels .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Dennis Scott .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Lori Seaman .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steven Stone .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Wowchuk .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Henry T. Yamada .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Ahern II .... director of photography: additional photography (as Lloyd Ahern)
Robert Baek .... second assistant camera: additional unit
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Shane Buttle .... rigging electrician
John S. Campbell .... rigging grip
Fred Cooper .... dolly grip
Tom Fox .... video assist operator
James Goldman .... film loader
David Goldsmith .... video assist operator
Rob J. Greenlea .... grip
Dan Jones .... electrician
John Kairis .... assistant camera
Chris Lombardi .... camera operator: "a" camera
Art Martin .... first assistant camera: second camera
Glenn E. Moran .... rigging gaffer
Thom Owens .... camera operator: "c" camera
David L. Parrish .... camera operator
Paul V. Perkins .... key grip
Barry Peterson .... director of photography: additional photography
Chris Rauch .... grip
Brian H. Reynolds .... key grip
Scott Ronnow .... second assistant camera
Landon Ruddel .... grip
Joel A. Ruiz .... rigging electrician
Mark Sadler .... rigging best boy
Mark Santoni .... first assistant camera
Scott Sprague .... lighting technician
Robert Stillman .... rigging grip
Roger Wall .... second assistant camera
Alfredo Denila .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Joe Hill .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting assistant
Amy De Souza .... casting assistant
Carol Grant .... extras casting
Chris Gray .... extras casting
Joseph Hicks .... extras casting
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
Jocelyn E. Thomas .... casting assistant
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... costume supervisor
Fran Allgood .... set costumer
Lois DeArmond .... assistant costume designer
Ellen Falguiere .... costumer
Scott R. Hankins .... principal costumer
Robert Mata .... costumer: Mr. Stiller
Robin McMullan .... costumer
Rhona Meyers .... costumer
Lizz Wolf .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jamie Clarke .... post-production assistant
Vince Filippone .... first assistant editor
Joe Finley .... digital colorist
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Kristine McPherson .... first assistant editor
Nicholas 'Nikko' Tsiotsias .... assistant editor
Lonnie A. Mathes .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contracted by
George Doering .... musician
George Drakoulias .... music supervisor
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer
Chris Fogel .... score recordist
Mark Graham .... music copyist
Tom Hardisty .... assistant score engineer (as Tom Haristy)
Tanya Noel Hill .... auricle operator (as Tanya Hill)
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew
Jason Lloyd .... scoring stage manager
Stephanie Lowry .... music editor
John Rodd .... score recordist
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Andrew Silver .... supervising music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Tom Steel .... scoring crew
Tom Steel .... scoring stage manager
Bill Talbott .... score engineer
 
Transportation Department
Michael J. Birnkrant .... driver
Audrey A. Conrad .... transportation office coordinator
Robert Garcia Jr. .... driver
Maxwell R. Johnson II .... transportation captain
Rock LeRoy .... transportation
Phil Strauss .... transportation
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator
Tom Whelpey .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Natalie Alexander .... adr voice
Michael Altman .... projectionist
Valentina Aulisi .... assistant: Ms. McLaglen
Julia Benaroya .... assistant to executive in charge of production
Jason Benoit .... assistant to executive in charge of production
Melissa Binder .... textile artist
Michelle Boehle .... choreographer
Michelle Boehle .... dancer: ADAA
Jackamoe Buzzell .... rehearsal actor
Tate Chalk .... consultant: cheer and dance
Sonja Christoph .... production assistant
Tim Clark .... production secretary
Crystal Colar .... dancer
Paulette Dauber .... publicist
Michael DeSantis .... first assistant accountant
Michael DeSantis .... production accountant: additional photography
Jim Doyle .... assistant: Mr. Cornfeld
Caleb Duffy .... location scout
Dusty Dukatz .... set production assistant
Kathy Edwards .... post-production accountant
Brent Ekstrand .... video and computer engineer
Glen Evans .... assistant: Ms. Taylor
Carey Field .... additional set production assistant
Gabe Gerber .... production assistant
Steven Gorel .... publicity intern
Rick Granville .... production secretary
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant
Eric Hedayat .... location manager
Michael Hendrickson .... production executive: Fox
Eric Hooge .... key assistant location manager
Nicki Johnson .... assistant production coordinator
Adam Jordan .... background coordinator
Adam Karasick .... assistant: Mr. Thurber
John LaBrucherie .... production assistant
Ket Lamb .... stand-in
Alex Leimone .... production assistant
Sam Lembeck .... production assistant
Bridgette Lester .... production coordinator
Brigette Lester .... production coordinator
Thomas Longo .... extras coordinator: on-set
Salvy Maleki .... location coordinator
Harvey Malkin .... production accountant
Kanchan A. Mattoo .... assistant: Mr. Stiller (as Kanchan Mattoo)
Christopher Mauldin .... stand-in: Justin Long
Ann Murphy .... assistant location manager
Ryan Murray .... production assistant: art department
India Neilan .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
Kevin O'Neil .... production assistant
Michelle Pinkney .... pre-production assistant
Eartha Robinson .... choreographer
Gloria Rodriguez .... choreographer
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant
Kevin Thomas Roy .... additional production assistant (as Kevin Roy)
Kenny Rummell .... location assistant
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Christopher Scull .... additional set production assistant
Susan Simone .... location assistant
Mary C. Snyder .... title designer
Kim Soleau .... assistant: Mr. Cornfeld
Sarah E. Spencer .... dancer
Anthony Steinhart .... set production assistant: second unit
Michelle Stevens .... second assistant accountant
Sean Kevin Sweeney .... production assistant
Brian Taylor .... assistant to producers
Brian Taylor .... production assistant
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Chris Withrow .... production assistant
Caleb Womble .... production coordinator: additional photography
Marijan Zoric .... chef
Lauren Mary Kim .... dancer (uncredited)
Stan Purdy .... personal security (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Suzie Pollard .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Dodgeball" - USA (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language
Runtime:
92 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Ireland:15PG (orginal rating) | Malaysia:18SX | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:12A (original rating) | USA:Unrated (DVD version) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40832)

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Trivia:
Brigitte Nielsen was briefly considered for the role of Fran.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Prior to Sudden Death, the referee states that both feet must remain "in the triangle at all times". When Peter kneels and throws the ball, his left foot is outside the triangle.See more »
Quotes:
White Goodman:Go ahead, make your jokes, Mr. Jokey... Joke-maker. But let me hit you with some knowledge. Quit now. Save yourself the embarrassment of losing with these losers in Las Vegas, La Fleur.
Peter La Fleur:Alliteration aside, I'll take my chances in the tournament.
White Goodman:Yeah, you will take your chances.
Peter La Fleur:I know. I just said that.
White Goodman:I know you just said that.
Peter La Fleur:Okay, I'm not sure where you're going with this.
White Goodman:Well, I'm not sure where *you're* going with this.
Peter La Fleur:That's what I said.
White Goodman:That's what I'm saying to *you*.
Peter La Fleur:All right.
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59 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Very silly but fun despite the odd patch of misses, 23 August 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Peter La Fleur runs a second rate gym that is populated by non-paying members who are, shall we say, on the edge of society. Peter's relaxed existence is made difficult by the fact that a large gym across the road aims to shut him down. When the Average Joe gym receives its final warning from the bank, they face a 30-day deadline to come up with $50,000 or lose the gym to competitor White Goodman. After their initial ideas fail, they discover that the national dodgeball contest has a prize of that very amount – with a little help from an ex-champion, they set out to make it to the finals and save the day.

This film came to the UK on a wave of hype and praise but I was a little wary because I knew that the style of humour that it has can be very hit and miss. The film has the same plot that all these sorts of sports movies have and you pretty much know where it is going from the very start but, to be honest, how many people have come here for the engaging story? No – me neither! The humour is very silly and it will not appeal to everyone but I found it pretty funny with the out-of-the-blue stuff being the funniest; if you find it funny to hear the line 'thank you Chuck Norris' said with sincerity then this will be the film for you. It isn't as consistent as I would have liked because it does have a couple of patches where there are more misses than hits but generally I had a good hatful of laughs and, when not laughing I still had a smile on my face.

Of course, like I said, this isn't for everybody and I'm sure many will see it as a juvenile – and it does seem to have been aimed at the young male side of the market. The downside of this is that the majority of the laughs are pretty basic and, as we are seeing too often recently, the old audience draw of girls kissing is wheeled out yet again. The casting also helps to a certain degree and do help a bit to cover the basic humour. Vaughn is cool and relaxed and, although you wouldn't call it 'acting' he is a likable lead. Stiller has a few dry moments but generally his 70's fitness freak steals every scene he is in. Taylor is pretty but you can't help feeling that the film is only using her when, for no reason other than titillation she is revealed as bisexual (with a girlfriend). Torn is funny if basic and Azaria is also funny. The support cast is more about off the wall characters than good writing or performances, but Long, Root, Moore, Tudyk and others are all OK. Cameos from Hasselhoff, Norris, Shatner and Lance Armstrong are all briefly amusing and, just like Best in Show, commentators Gary Cole and Jason Bateman do spot on spoofs of low-grade sports commentators and have lots of great lines between them.

Overall this is not the funniest film EVER, as some critics have absurdly claimed – it simply isn't consistent enough for that accolade but it is still a pretty funny film if you are in the mood for silly humour and some pretty basic jokes. The use of easy draws such as female flesh, lesbianism and physical jokes is a bit of a downer when you think about it but I doubt many will complain when it is on. The cast generally do well and the material is funny and energetic enough to do the job, producing a silly film that is hardly memorable but will be fun while you're watching it.

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