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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Comedy genius in 2004's finest and funniest sports movie

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Faced with losing his gym to a corporate chain, Peter La Fleur (Vaughn) enters his ragtag clientele in the Vegas Dodgeball Tournament. But Globo Gym's White Goodman (Stiller) is hip to their plan, entering his Purple Cobras to stop them…

Dodgeball's subtitle – 'A True Underdog Story' – couldn't be more apt. When the film first appeared, it was a true underdog indeed, written off as a lesser offering from Ben Stiller's Frat Pack. Once it hit, though, it was clear that this was arguably the most quotable – and funniest – dumb comedy since The Naked Gun.

On release, all the plaudits went to Stiller's preening villain White Goodman, but this is, in truth, an ensemble movie, with the likes of Rip Torn's foul-mouthed Patches O'Houlihan ably supporting him. The movie's secret weapon, though, is Vince Vaughn's sardonic protagonist Peter LaFleur, who keeps the craziness grounded in a manner reminiscent of a young Bill Murray.

So many ideas and gags crash into each other that some are bound to miss, and there are one or two patchy spells, but it's in the melding of styles that Dodgeball works, as director Rawson Marshall Thurber blends character-based comedy with gross-out and an excellent deployment of cameos (Norris! Shatner! Hasselhoff!). Most of all, it's a tribute to the joys of physical comedy – watching people being hit in the balls has never been so much fun.

Snappy, shameless and silly, it never once drops the ball. Catch it now.

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good laugh! nothing compared to carrey or ferell ... More

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Posted by jackcarlin18 at 23:25, 23 January 2012 | Report This Post

A classic comedy film, laughs assured...

Whether you're a fan of daft comedy or not, you would find it hard not to be amused by this omptimistically natured and fun comedy. Ben Stiller is great. ... More

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Posted by trainedasninja at 19:51, 27 October 2011 | Report This Post

Any review less than 4 stars is , 'about as useful as a cock flavoured lollipop'. Hardly subtle, but very funny. ... More

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Posted by Uncle_Ethan at 20:20, 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

All In, Balls Out!!!

What A Film!!!! With Great Central Performances By Both Vaungh And Stiller, This Film Always Has A Great One Liner When You Least Expect It. Rip Torn Is Also Brilliant As O,Hoolihan, And I Also Am Led To Belive That He Is The Commissioner Of Dodgeball On THis Extreme Dodgeball TV SHow. The One To Wathc Out For Here Is Justin Long. I Could Watch Any Film With Him In!!! ... More

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Posted by kermodenutter1 at 09:43, 03 June 2009 | Report This Post


A very good film with some brilliant jokes and one liners, 'If you can dodge traffic you can dodge a ball'. Ben Stiller is brilliant as the ridiculously arrogant and stupid White Goodman. ... More

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Posted by CIW at 02:38, 28 October 2008 | Report This Post

amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love this film it's so funnny !!! ... More

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Posted by ryanand conor at 14:10, 15 October 2008 | Report This Post

Just not funny ... More

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Posted by willchadwick at 20:48, 06 August 2008 | Report This Post

This film is absolutely awesome! Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn were hilarious and even Jason Bateman as Pepper toatlly rocked. Extremely silly and brainless and i love it! ... More

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Posted by mozzy_gal at 22:57, 13 April 2008 | Report This Post

Oddly Touching Comedy

Whilst there is no denying this is extremely silly, it also seems unusually profound and affecting. ... More

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Posted by blaud at 15:49, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

A silly story of a failing gym's attempt to raise enough money to keep itself open even in the opposition of rivals Globo Gym. This is comedy at its best. Over the years the majority of Frat Pack movies have been destined for the 3 or less stars as given by Empire and many other film reviewers. I believe this movie is a break in the trend. It's really quite hard to describe how funny this film is; you have to see it to believe! Jokes and gags come thick and fast, and there is no point wher... More

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Posted by benhui at 22:12, 08 March 2008 | Report This Post

I remembered really loving this film the first time I saw it, so when I saw it was going to be on Film4 last night I decided to watch it. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations as a classic comedy, which is how I remembered it. Sure the central roles of Peter ite ayed to perfection, but they are expected to carry the film over poor supporting roles, a linear and unimaginative plot, and some huge misses in the joke department. Infact, the funniest scenes are the ones involving Peter and ... More

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Posted by ukedge87 at 11:29, 22 July 2007 | Report This Post

AWESOME!!! ... More

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Posted by minotaur3004 at 09:51, 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

Great Film!

This film rocked an awful lot! I loved it from beginning to end! I laughed all the way through it! This has now started my obsession with anything Vince Vaungh ... More

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