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Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • 88 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Sports comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. Peter La Fleur is the owner of Average Joe's, a run-down gym that's short of cash and in danger of being taken over by hi-tech rivals Globo Gym. In desperation, La Fleur and his misfit friends form a dodgeball team in a bid to reach a tournament in Las Vegas, where the grand prize stands at a cool $50,000.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This slight and silly comedy features a hyper-energetic Ben Stiller and an almost catatonic Vince Vaughn in a familiar story of the little guy battling against the odds. Vaughn owns a run-down gym that fitness tycoon Stiller wants to buy up, and it's only by forming a dodgeball team and going to Las Vegas to win $50,000 in the national championships that Vaughn and his ragtag band of underachievers can save the day. Along the way, Vaughn's team is whipped into shape by Rip Torn's insane coach ("If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball!") and challenged by a variety of bizarre opponents, including a David Hasselhoff-obsessed German team. It's even dafter than it sounds, but filled with such good-natured spirit that it's easy to succumb to the movie's simple-minded charms - the faux 1938 instructional film on how to play the game is worth tuning in for alone.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter La FleurVince Vaughn
White GoodmanBen Stiller
Kate VeatchChristine Taylor
Patches O'HoulihanRip Torn
JustinJustin Long
GordonStephen Root
OwenJoel David Moore
DwightChris Williams
Steve the PirateAlan Tudyk
Young Patches O'HoulihanHank Azaria
Fran StalinovskovicdaviddivichskiMissi Pyle
Cotton McKnightGary Cole
Pepper BrooksJason Bateman
Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong
Chuck NorrisChuck Norris
Dodgeball chancellorWilliam Shatner
David HasselhoffDavid Hasselhoff

Crew

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DirectorRawson Marshall Thurber

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2004-08-27
Languages
English | German
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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