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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter La Fleur
... Kate Veatch
... White Goodman
... Patches O'Houlihan
... Justin
... Gordon
... Owen
... Dwight
... Steve the Pirate
... Fran
... Me'Shell Jones (as Jamal E. Duff)
... Cotton McKnight
... Pepper Brooks
... Young Patches O'Houlihan
... Tournament Referee
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Sport

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

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$114,326,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,722,310
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When the Average Joes are in the locker room waiting for their teammates before the final match, all the players are wearing pants except Christine Taylor's character, who is wearing shorts. Listening to the DVD commentary, it can be heard that she had pants but refused to wear them, because she thought they were too ugly and unflattering. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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Peter La Fleur: You're adopted! Your parents don't even love you!
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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 Boxing Helena (1993) See more »

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Produced by Mike Fitzpatrick
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Fun piece of camp comedy
19 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

What's funny about dodgeball? First, it's a movie about a group of non-competitive and somewhat eccentric adults playing dodgeball to save a not-very-impressive gym from the clutches of a competitive monopolistic chain gym. Second - Ben Stiller. Stiller is over-the-top and hilarious as the evil nemesis of average Joe Vince Vaughn. Vaughn - playing the slightly less than average Joe owner of Average Joe's gym, plays the perennial hard luck loser to the hilt. The supporting cast is terrific. Alan Tudyk, Rip Torn, Christine Taylor and Stephen Root are a great ensemble.

This is a rather extreme and rather Hollywood camp comedy. Although a lot of the humor is adult, the film is also refreshingly clean compared with the averaged 21st century comedy. Dodgeball also doubles as a spot-the-cameo film, since a whole host of odd celebrities pop up here and there throughout.

The first time I saw this film, I was charmed and I laughed a lot. Although the film remained entertaining, like most comedies it lost a bit of its luster in its second viewing.

Why only a 6 rating? Despite the campiness and good solid humor, this is still a very formulaic film and it does tend to vaporize after a viewing or two.

Strongly recommended - for one viewing!


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