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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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Grab life by the ball. See more »

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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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Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dodgeball  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Another easter egg/finger snap is after the scene in White Goodman's office where he asks Kate out. He snaps for Me'shell. When you press enter, it cuts to a clip of the dodgeball game and then a fat Ben Stiller says, "You found it." See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[before the championship game]
Peter La Fleur: Okay guys, let's play smart. Wait for your two-on-ones, cover closely for your pickups. What's our team motto?
Owen: Aim low?
Peter La Fleur: That's right. All I'm asking is that you give it your best for Patches. I say we go out there, we let it all hang loose, try to have some fun. I mean, it's only dodgeball, right?
[Everyone laughs]
Peter La Fleur: Put 'em in.
[Hands in]
Peter La Fleur: One, two, three...
Peter La FleurOwenJustinKate VeatchDwightGordon: JOE'S!
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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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Ezee Does It
Written by Beast & Tazman
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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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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