Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Stephen Root, Alan Tudyk, Justin Long, Gary Cole, Jason Bateman
Written By: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, a screwball comedy, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, is about a bunch of gym losers who enter a dodgeball tournament in Las Vegas to save Peter Lafleur’s(Vince Vaughn) gym from the corporate meathead, White Goodman(Ben Stiller) and Global Gym. Dodgeball is hilarious and one of the funniest movies of the year!

Peter Lafleur own’s Average Joe’s Gym. It’s not one of the corporate Gym’s like Bally’s or New York Sports Club, but rather a run of the mill place with a bunch of unusual clientele. One thinks he’s a pirate, one is a nerd who is always trying to please a cheerleader, the other reads sports magazines of unusual events like, it so happens, a Dodgeball tournament coming up. Meanwhile White Goodman, the owner of Global Gym is trying to take over Average Joe’s. Since it’s across the street, White wants to make Joe’s a parking lot for his own members. Kate, the attorney for Global Gym, has the task of going over Average Joe’s paperwork for his business. It turns out that Peter Lafleur needs $50,000 by the end of the month or the gym is going to be closed. So that is where the Dodgeball tournament comes in. Hey what do you know, the purse for the tournament is the same amount as the gym needs to pay back in taxes. White Goodman decides to join the tournament as well to try and stop Average Joe’s from winning. What follows is hilarity. Ben Stiller as a bad guy, always funny, especially as White Goodman who is just a jerk. Vince Vaughn is great as Joe and the supporting cast is what makes this movie friggin’ hysterical. Rip Torn plays Patches O’Houlihan, “famous” Dodgeball player who helps manage Average Joe’s after witnessing their horrific prelims game. Alan Tudyk (Firefly, I Robot) plays Steve the Pirate, who is one of the best characters in the movie. I wish more people were pirates, don’t you? It’s all about being who you are, and that is the message of Dodgeball, despite all the humor, there is a message here kids.

Looking at the extras, plenty of funny stuff included. First off, you get full length commentary with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Also, check out the deleted and extended scenes, some of which were hysterical. I wish they kept some of them in the movie. The bloopers and gag reels are always fun to watch and not to missed on this disk. An interesting ending but kind of stupid when you think about it because it ends with Ben Stiller pegging Vince Vaughn’s character and winning the tournament and ending abrutly. I’m glad they didn’t end the movie that way. Also, if you are bored and are looking for those easter eggs you hear about all the time, you’ll find some if you look hard enough. Every time Ben Stiller’s character snaps his fingers in the movie, hit enter and you will get a quick blooper and White Goodman as a fat man making fun of you. Pretty good stuff, but you have to be quick with the remote. Also, you get some featurettes, trailers, a DVD Rom look at the Dodgeball screenplay and more.

Dodgeball made me laugh out loud throughout the entire film and I’m sure you will enjoy it as well. I definitely recommend picking this one up on DVD if you haven’t yet.

Feature Length Commentary by Writer/Director Rawson Marshall Thurber and Actors Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn
Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Rawson Marshall Thuber
Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Rawson Marshall Thurber

DVDn-ROM Content
Dodgeball Screenplay Bloopers/Gag Reel, Featurettes, Trailers and Much More!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround CC

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: The Tournament, Training, Car Wash
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 0 minutes
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