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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:
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 Balls (Australia & Europe) 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

Alan Tudyk had come onto this movie following the cancellation of his television series Firefly (2002), in which he starred as pilot Hoban "Wash" Washburne. The series was about pirates living and working in outer space, trying to make a living. In this movie, his character Steve thinks he's a pirate. See more »

Goofs

We are told that there are only two teams in the Las Vegas Regional tournament: Average Joe's and Girl Scout Troop 417. However, later we see that the Las Vegas Police Department is also in the tournament. If the LVPD didn't play in the Las Vegas Regional Tournament (let alone win it), then how did they get in? See more »

Quotes

Peter La Fleur: You need some help leaving White?
White Goodman: This doesn't concern you, Lafleur.
Peter La Fleur: Not nearly as much as your hair does, that's for sure, but uh, I believe she asked you to leave.
White Goodman: I get it, you caught the scent of a lesser stag in your nostrils. Pity. I'll let you have your little moment, LaFleur, 'cause after this tournament, your gym, your life - and your gal - are gonna be mine. To be continued.
[Reaches up to caress her]
Kate Veatch: [...]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

To ensure a PG-13 rating, two lines were changed in the US version:
  • Original: "You all are about as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop" US: "You all are about as useful as a poopie-flavored lollipop."
  • Original: "It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to fuck a doorknob!" US: "It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to hump a doorknob!"
  • Original: "Sometimes you gotta grab life by the haunches and fuck it into submission." US: "Sometimes you gotta grab life by the haunches and hump it into submission."
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Referenced in Extras: Ben Stiller (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Jambo
Written and Performed by Claude McLin
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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Pretty much as funny as they say it is
8 February 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

When average Joe's gym, run by Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) is under threat of take over by White Goodman (Ben Stiller), La Fleur and his gym members must raise $50,000 to save it. The only way to do it is Dodge Ball, and with the help of a seasoned professional, maybe they have a chance.

Great characters, and a hilarious script make dodge ball a Hit, Ben Stiller's and Rip Torn's characters are particularly well written, but none of the characters fail to get a laugh, and there is a good blend of them on show.

Definitely worth a look for anyone who fancies a laugh. It's not a classic, but it doesn't fail to entertain with it's slapstick style.

7/10


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