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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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Taglines:

Grab life by the ball. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Through the course of this film, Kate's clothes get lighter and lighter, in most of her earlier scenes.
  • In her first scene, she wears a white button shirt with lines, a black jacket, a gray skirt, has her hair up and wears heels.
  • In her second scene, she wears a long black tight skirt, a pair of flats, a pinkish gray button shirt with felts on the sleeves.
  • In her next scene, she wears a pair of black pants, a pink button shirt and her Hera is down and not in a pow.
  • In the fourth scene, she wears a pair of pants, a pink shirt with no color and a V-neck.
  • In the fifth scene, she wears a pair of sweat pants and a sloppy shirt.


This probably shows her that she is becoming less strict and more funloving. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Peter La Fleur: Well, if you can't raise fifty thousand dollars with an impromptu carwash, I guess it just wasn't in the cards.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the credits, there's a commercial for Average Joe's, followed by a quick glimpse of White Goodman's fate. See more »

Connections

Featured in DodgeBall: The Anatomy of a Hit (2004) See more »

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Lady in Red
Written and Performed by Chris De Burgh
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd. (London)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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superior slapstick comedy - tightly scripted, it gets immense mileage out of the flimsiest of gags
3 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Go and see it. It's one of the best comedies of the year and a lot funnier than it should be given the flimsy premise. Ben Stiller has a big 'Globo' health club worth millions (it even includes cosmetic surgery facilities - they know that 'fatness is genetic, like baldness or necrophilia'). The lovely Christine Taylor is his lawyer, charged with getting rid of the 'Average Joe' gym across the road so they can build a parking lot for Globo customers. She takes a liking to the 'underdog' owner of the Average Joe gym though, and helps them in their plan to win a Dodgeball contest in order to get the money they owe. Dodgeball is an 'obscure' sport that mostly consists of throwing a ball to hit your opponent (look it up on the Net - Dodgeball fans take it quite seriously!) Even when I describe the film, I think 'it sounds awful' - I probably would have avoided it if it hadn't been recommended so highly - and I recommend you stay till the *very end* of the credits for one of the best scenes (which also takes a swipe at the US film-making industry!)


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