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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) Poster

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Anachronisms 

During the black & white instructional dodgeball video an American flag is displayed in the video's background. It is a 50-starred flag and the video says copyright 1954. The American flag had 48 stars until 1959.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

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.
In the scene where the team requests an overturn of the chancellor's decision for forfeiture, the crowd begins to chant "Let them play!" The audio doesn't match the hand gestures nor their mouth movements.
After the German team loses in the first round, David Hasselhoff goes to their bench and throws down his picture. You can see that there is no glass in the frame when he is holding it but you hear glass break when the frame hits the floor.
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When Peter throws cans of beverage to everyone after the impromptu car wash, there are sounds of an empty beverage can. A full beverage can actually sounds dull.

Character error 

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.
In the opening scene we see a picture of White with the caption "White Goodman 1987", and he says "That's me, six years and 600 pounds ago," as if it's now 1993. But that can't be: the first line of the commentary from the dodgeball tournament says that ESPN8 ("The Ocho") has been bringing viewers obscure sports "since 1999," and Mona Lisa Smile and Lance Armstrong's Tour de France wins are mentioned in other scenes.
During the final match, Justin catches a ball, then Kate comes in and immediately catches another ball. This should result in a four-player swing (two in for Average Joes and two out for the Cobras); however, the announcer states that it is a "three-player swing".
When the members of Average Joe's are trying to come up with a way to raise the $50,000 the sign on the wall behinds them reads "If your under 18..." This should be "If YOU'RE under 18..."
The announcer says Las Vegas Police when the sign says LAPD.
While the Average Joes are playing White Goodman's team, the ref calls White on a line violation, while a few scenes before, White is entirely over the line and no foul is called.

Continuity 

During the meeting where the members of Average Joe's stumble upon the idea of entering the tournament, Gordon can be seen to take OSQ magazine out of his bag twice without ever putting it back in.
In the game between the Average Joe's and the Skillz that Killz, the film goes to the foot shot when everyone reaches for the balls. In the next frame, the players playing against Joe's that are coming up with the balls are not Skillz that Killz, but the Lumberjacks, who were already defeated in a previous round.
In the match against the Lumberjacks, when the referee asks if Average Joe's are ready, Owen is lined up with his team mates touching the back wall as if he were about to take part in the match. Not only would this mean that Average Joes had 7 players on court, but in subsequent shots of the match taking place, you can clearly see Owen on the sidelines wearing a tracksuit top, having not taken part in the game.
The child who is painting the fence before he meets Patches O'Houlihan has no paint on his brush.
When Gordon is the last man, the ball around him changes position between shots
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When the treasure chest is first opened, there is a 'Deus ex machina' label on the inside of the lid, but not on the outside. When it is shown again later, the label is on the outside but there is none on the inside of the lid.
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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
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When White Goodman slides the contract on the table, he slides it right beside the suitcase of money, but the suitcase disappears in the next shot.
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Inside the Dirty Sanchez, a close-up of Peter LaFleur pointing his finger at White shows Peter gesturing with his right hand. Cut to a wide shot, and Peter is pointing with his left hand with no time to have switched hands.
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In the scene where White commits the foul by stepping over the line to send the game into "sudden death", they show the replay. In the wide shot on the left it shows White's right foot crossing the line but in the close up shot on the right it is his left foot.
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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.
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When Michelle talks to White after walking in on him with the pizza, the "G" on White's necklace is actually sewed onto the neck of his shirt and is not on the chain around his neck.
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In the dodge ball training video, when Young Patches O'Houlihan is first introduced, he's holding a cigarette in his left hand, in subsequent shots the cigarette disappears.
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When Kate Veach gets hit in the face with the dodge ball by White, her bangs keep changing from being tucked into her braids to being left out, between screens
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When Peter is talking to Lance Armstrong at the airport, the top on the bottle of water Lance orders is alternately on/off.
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When Peter is talking to Patches after their first game, a guy in an Orange shirt is seen walking past the door. A few seconds later he is seen again walking down in the same direction without being seen walking back.
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When Average Joes was facing The Lumberjacks, when they went to grab the balls, Justin took one and threw it. But when he gets hit, he has three balls in his arms.
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White Goodman has clamps attached to his nipples while trying not to eat a doughnut. Me'Shell comes in to tell him Kate is on her way into the office and White tells Me'Shell 30 seconds to get ready. In the next shot, the doughnut and clamps contraption disappears for the remainder of the scene.
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When White tries to make a move on Kate at her home, she smashes his head into a wall. The impact is clearly seen on the side of his head, yet he somehow sustained a cut on his lip.
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When Justin bends over to kiss Amber, the amount of her hair caught by his hand changes between shots.
When Peter picks up Kate for their date on the porch, White tries to make a move on her and she smashes his face on the wall. White's make-up was left behind, but the next shot it's gone.
When the Dodgeball Chancellor is presenting the $50,000 and the Dodgeball trophy, the confetti on his right shoulder changes with every shot.
When White Goodman is introducing his dodgeball team in the bar for the first time, the G on his necklace switches between a backwards G and a regular G between shots.
When the dodge ball tournament begins on its first day, a man behind the reporters disappears in the next shot.
When the team is practicing with Patches and the wrenches, Patches throws a bandana to Peter it is unfolded but when Peter puts it up to his head in the next shot to put it on it's folded up already without time to do so.
When Patches first works out with the team, the very first wrench he throws is an adjustable crescent-style wrench. When the player is on the floor writhing in pain, the wrench next to him on the floor is a non-adjustable box-end wrench.

Factual errors 

Kate opens Peter's hotel room even though those doors are designed to lock once they've been closed. The only way she could have gotten in was if she had a key.

Plot holes 

Globo Gym and the Kamikazes play each other in the quarterfinals of the dodgeball tournament. Yet close examination of the tournament bracket reveals that the two teams could not have met in the quarterfinals because of their placements in the bracket. Other teams such as Average Joe's, Skillz That Killz and the Lumberjacks share this inconsistency as well.

Revealing mistakes 

Obvious dummies in the crowd at the beginning of the tournament.
There are several shots of the crowd that show audience members are 'fake clapping' - hands are coming together with not enough force to be audible (to allow for the audio of the main characters). One of the most noticeable examples is following the scene where White hits Kate in the face with the dodge ball.
The final tournament is being broadcast by ESPN8. However the sponsor signs at the end of the court clearly say Fox Sports Net.
In the scene where White Goodman bribes Peter Le Fleur to purchase his gym, he and Mischel open the briefcase to display $100,000. There was a band of 100 one hundreds, which equals to $10,000. The shape and style of the bills were recently minted [error] (larger head) 100 dollar bills.
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When Me'Shell shows White the photos of Kate taken by the hidden camera, they're taken from an angle that the camera couldn't possibly have captured.
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During Sudden Death Dodgeball, the referee clearly states that both feet must remain in the triangle, however when the camera pans out showing Peter on one knee, his foot is clearly out of the triangle, which would result in him losing the match.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

During the celebration on the court after Average Joes' victory, Owen and Fran are first shown lying down, then standing up, and then lying down again.
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Continuity 

After the sudden death round of dodgeball, you can see at least seven sudden death balls behind Peter LaFleur even though only two have been in play.

Continuity 

When Kate is struck in the face at the end, one side of her face is all red and bruised. In the next shot her face is unmarked.
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Continuity 

After Peter wins the tournament, Amber and the green-haired girl from the S&M convention are seen running onto the Dodgeball court. In the next shot they are hugging up in the stands.
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Continuity 

After White gets hit in the face in Sudden Death, he falls to the floor and slides back to the baseline where his body stops parallel to the line. In the very next shot his body is more sprawled out and at a 90 degree angle to the line.
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Revealing mistakes 

When White is obese again at the end of the movie, he takes a bite of the chicken wing. When he does, you can briefly see his real neck under the fake skin that he was wearing.

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