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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
  • Globo Gym is a beacon of human physical prowess and perfection, a shining example of human physical fitness with several million in capital and multiple locations. It's run by White Goodman (Ben Stiller), who's not just the founder of Globo Gym, but the first customer and creator of the lifestyle. Right next door on the other hand is Average Joe's Gymnasium. It's run by Peter LaFluer (Vince Vaughn. As popular as Globo Gym is, unfortunately, Average Joe's is none of the things that Globo Gym is. As White Goodman plots a hostile takeover of Average Joe's, Peter LaFluer does everything he can short of robbing a bank. As he consults with his oddball, but closely knit membership on what to do, they ultimately settle on competing in the Las Vegas annual Dodgeball championship. They win a local regional qualifying match, and attract the attention of American Dodgeball Association Of America (ADAA) legend Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) , who agrees to become their new coach. With the help of an attractive lawyer (Christine Taylor) who would want nothing more than to see White Goodman on the losing end of the finals, they quickly become sensations on a 8th seed cable network. Will Average Joe's win it all and become true underdog heroes, or will White Goodman succeed with the hostile takeover?

    - Written by halo1k
  • Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) is a charismatic underachiever and proprietor of a rundown gym called Average Joe's. The facility's eclectic clientele of decidedly less-than-average Joes is comprised of: a self-styled pirate (Alan Tudyk); a scrawny nerd who dreams of impressing an unattainable cheerleader (Justin Long); an obsessive aficionado of obscure sports (Stephen Root); a dim-witted young man; and a cocky know-it-all who, of course, really knows nothing. Peter's humble gym catches the eye of White Goodman, the power-mullet-sporting, Fu-Manchu-d, ego-maniacal owner of Globo Gym, a gleaming monolith of fitness. White intends to take over Average Joe's, and Peter's non-existent bookkeeping is making it all too easy for him. A foreclosing bank has stationed attorney Kate Veatch inside Average Joe's to finalize Globo's takeover of the gym. But Peter's boyish charms win her over and Kate joins his team of social rejects to beat the odds--and their own ineptitude--to try to save Average Joe's. How? A showdown dodge ball competition against Globo Gym.

    - Written by Sujit R. Varma
  • This is the story of two different people, Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn') and White Goodman (Ben Stiller). Peter is a man of many sorts: an underachiever, a procrastinator, and the owner/operator of Average Joe's Gymnasium, a decaying, rundown gym in a large city. Peter's employees and members consist of Owen (Joel David Moore), a man who can't even find love; Dwight (Chris Williams), a cocky Mr. Know-It-All; Gordon, a timid, semi-shy person and fan of obscure sports (Stephen Root); Justin (Justin Long), a high school geek and Steve (Alan Tudyk), a pirate looking for some treasure. White, a wealthy fitness guru, just happens to be the president/founder of the Globo Gym America Corporation and the owner/operator of the local Globo Gym, a humongous fitness center known to bring in the "big bucks" turning normal "nobodies" into mean, lean, "superfine somebodies". White wants to close and tear down Average Joe's Gym to build a brand-new parking garage structure for the Globo Gym members, so he hires Katherine Veach (Christine Taylor) an attorney from a local bank to foreclose the place, giving Peter 30 days to come up with the mortgage payment of $50,000 or Average Joe's is no more forever, leaving White to take over the gym. Unfortunately even underachievers can make dreams come true, so Peter, with the help of his rejected friends, decides to become a dodge ball team by playing in the American Dodgeball Association of America (ADAA) International Dodgeball Competition in Las Vegas for the grand prize of $50,000 to save their gym. Kate, who is won over Peter's charms, join the team as well because she believes in him. But White is NOT fooled, no less stupid. His new super buff-and-tough team, known as the "Purple Cobras" wants in on the action for some extra dough. All the Average Joe's need is ex-veteran all-star Patches O' Houlihan (Rip Torn) to whip them into killing mode shape. Can the Average Joe's kill the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, win the $50,000, and save the gym in time?

    - Written by Christopher Howell (Ckh87520@aol.com)
  • 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.

    - Written by The-Gent

Synopsis

The movie opens with an infomercial for Globo Gym America Corp. We are introduced to White Goodman ( ) - who talks about how Globo Gym is a beacon of human physical fitnes extremes...

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