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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

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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:
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
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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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Taglines:

Grab life by the ball. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dodgeball See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Black and White (educational movie footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the locker room scene before the first dodgeball match, there is an announcer voice that talks much through the scene. As everyone is warming up before play, the announcer says: "A reminder, all players must be vaccinated for cholera, syphilis and shingles before play begins. Again, dyslexic players will not be allowed on the court. Team Blitzkrieg, to the tournament floor for a first round match. Only ADAA balls will be used. Personal balls of any kind are strictly prohibited." See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Justin: How many teams are in this qualifier?
Gordon: Uh, two.
Justin: So all we have to do is beat this team and we're in the Vegas Open, right?
Gordon: Yeah!
Owen: That seems pretty simple.
Dwight: Who's the other team?
Gordon: Uh, I have it right here, just a second... Troop 417.
Steve the Pirate: Christ! We're playin' Boy Scouts!
Peter La Fleur: Not quite!
[Troop 417 are tough-looking Girl Scouts; one spits on the ground]
[...]
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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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 February 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Heroes Never Die
Written by Rick Rhodes (as Anthony Goddard) and Ron Komie
Courtesy of Firstcom Music, Inc.
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Fun piece of camp comedy
19 December 2005 | by mstomasoSee 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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