Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

6.71 h 32 min2004X-Ray18+
Dodgeball teams compete for $50,000 in Las Vegas.
Rawson Thurber
Vince VaughnBen StillerChristine Taylor
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Like many Ben Stiller movies only moderately funny
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Ben Stiller really enjoys playing in satires. Dodgeball was a spoof of the sports genre. Stiller played White Goodman who owned Globo Gyn who believed most people were ugly and needed to work out and have plastic surgery to look better. Vince Vaugh was Pete LaFleur who ran Average Joe’s Gym who appealed to not only the average but the hopeless. When LaFleur finds out that not only is he in foreclosure on his loan for his gym, but that Goodman wants to buy it. LaFleur decides to form a dodgeball team out of his members to try to win its grand prize of $50,000 to pay off his mortgage.

The problem is like many of Stiller’s other movies Dodgeball is just sort of funny. Yes, there are some times when it’ll get a chuckle like when LaFleur’s team plays their first dodgeball game against a troop of Girl Scouts who get disqualified because one of their members was on three different kinds of steroids or when Goodman says nobody makes him bleed his own blood and then he catches his ride from one of his workers on a moped or when they have to wear S&M costumes for their first tournament round. None of these will make you really laugh however.
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Richard B. Rutledge's look iilwReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't usually like sporting event movies. I saw this a long time ago; and had nearly forgotten about it. I remembered it when I stumbled across the REAL National Dodgeball League on YouTube. I thought it was JUST a movie. I had to go back and buy this, and watch it again. I loved the movie then; and I found it even more fun today--especially since I now know that there really is an actual Professional Dodgeball league in the US, which competes against other leagues world wide (Google it if you do not believe me!).
10 people found this helpful
lotusflowermamaReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!" - favorite line! (I dare you NOT to watch it NOW!)
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I personally LOVED the GAME of dodge ball when I was growing up - got a chance to get back at all of the mean and hurtful kids in school (the fact that I was athletic with a good throwing arm meant I was usually one of the last ones standing!). That, of course, is probably what made me interested in the movie to begin with. Was it a silly movie? Duh - but isn't that the point?? My absolute favorite line is "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!" (Now you HAVE to see it to see where that comes in!) I'd DEFINITELY watch it again!
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Momi E.Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my “go to” happy places.
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when you need something silly this fits the bill. If you rent this and expect something highbrow you’re going to be disappointed but you’ve been warned and it’s on you. Lots of good moments and so many laughs.
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AdamReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun and stupid at the same time!
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Often over the top and absolutely hilarious at times, this movie has always been a kind of guilty pleasure of mine ever since I say it years ago in the theater: razor-sharp dialogue, many memorable scenes and quotable quotes. Just darn funny. Ben Stiller does an awesome job of making you hate his character. Vince Vaughan owns Average Joe's gym, a down and out place for regular folks to get in shape. Ben Stiller, his lifelong rival, runs Globogym, the corporate, image destroying gym next door. What follows is the convoluted tale of how the Joe's fight back to save their gym through some adult Dodgeball action. Hilarious and worth a look.
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NickReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Was funnier when we where younger.
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Just one of those goofy movies that you watched a few years ago and remember some of the lines from. Not really worth the second/ third watch. Im no SJW, or anything and was not offended by any of the jokes or nothing like that. Just upon watching realized now in my adult age, how cringy a lot of this movie is.
4 people found this helpful
Tom PaulkReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Perhaps an argument could be made for the supporting characters being 'underdogs'. The main character is just plain lazy and unmotivated. Worse, undermines the people who look up to him with his uncaring and indifferent advice. I want to see this guy crash and burn, not win the tournament, win the success, and win the girl.
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Mark CordiaReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I most definitely do not like the two principle stars (Vaughn and Stiller) and generally find the movies they star in to be over the top doofy, stupid and far too childish and/or adolescent for my taste. Having said that, I LOVE this film as it skates the edge of not being too far over the edge (for me at least) and has some amusing cameos to boot. Oh, and flying wrenches and dodge balls to the face.
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