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

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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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Black and White (educational movie footage)| Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Adult dodgeball leagues began to spring up across the country around the time of the movie's release. Cast member Gary Cole was even invited to a tournament in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Goofs

In the game where Globo Gym is playing the Japanese team the Japanese player who turn the flip and throws the ball has number 4 written on his back. It then pans to White Goodman catching his throw eliminating number 4. The next shot shows one of the Japanese players getting hit by 2 throws - he also has number 4 on his back and should have already been out. See more »

Quotes

Owen: [after Patches got smashed with sign] Well... it's probably the way he wanted to go...
Dwight: ...What?
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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 »

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Go Team Slapstick!
27 September 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Once every few years, you're presented to a slapstick comedy so hilarious you instantly forget how LOW this form of entertainment actually is. I can't give a scientific explanation to state how come it's funny to see someone (preferably wearing glasses) getting hit in the face by a ball…it just is. Dodgeball is vulgar, crude and without substance…but your stomach will hurt from laughing and don't we all need that from time to time? In case you really want to defend this film, you can always say it features tons of unsubtle criticism towards modern American image of exaggerated health-obsession. Ben Stiller's character is the personification of the obnoxious fitness guru: 'We're better than you, and we know it'. Opposed to him, there's Vince Vaughn as the chilled-minded, lovable guy who owns a fitness center for the underdeveloped wimps. Due to his financial situation, he risks losing his gym to Stiller except if he and his teams of misfits manage to win the world-famous dodgeball tournament. The film is a series of cheap chuckles, eccentric characters and outrageous one-liners. It's pretty funny to hear Stiller yell out lines like: 'You're a skid mark on the underpants of society'. Or the always-amusing Rip Torn encouraging his team with the words: 'you're as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop'. The acting is great as it can be with Ben Stiller and Rip Torn who go delightfully over the top and lots of enthusiast cameos (Chuck Norris, David Hasselhof, William Shatner and even Lance Armstrong). It sure isn't Schindler's List but Dodgball is great entertainment and stress releasing.


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