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The 50 Greatest Sports Movies
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

DIRECTOR Rawson Marshall Thurber
STARS Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Alan Tudyk, Stephen Root, Missi Pyle

The greatest sports comedy of all time springs from unpromising origins: it's about, arguably, the most utterly pointless (almost) sport in the world, one that somehow erupted from the playground into the small-time. But it's dodgeball's sheer absurdity and small-time sheen that ultimately gives the movie such firm foundations. That, and a coterie of brilliantly-drawn characters (Stiller's incredibly faux-macho villain, White Goodman, taking the yellow jersey here), magnificent cameos (no matter what happens to Lance Armstrong, they can never take his cameo here away from him), insanely quotable dialogue, surreal situations, and an admirable adherence to the tropes of the genre that make for a truly rousing finale.
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QUICK POLL Should Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Um, dodgeball.
THE PLAYERS
Peter LaFleur, White Goodman, Steve the Pirate, Gordon, Justin, Patches O'Houlihan
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
The Lance Armstrong cameo, which sets up the finale and - dammit - may just be the best 'as himself' moment in movie history.
KEY TACTICS
What else? Dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler


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