As the box art says, Dodgeball is a “True Underdog Story”. A small gym aptly named “Average Joe’s” is being threatened with foreclosure and across the street rival “Globogym” wants to buy the building and make it a parking lot for its members. Average Joe’s Gym happens to have a frequent visitor that reads OSQ magazine (Obscure Sports Quarterly) which advertises a Dodgeball tournament that has a grand prize of $25,000….which just happens to be the amount of tax owed. Vince Vaughn plays Peter LaFleur, the goalless but endlessly optimistic owner of Average Joe’s Gym while Ben Stiller is White Goodman, former fat man, and overconfident owner of Globogym. The biggest surprises in this movie will not be anything in the storyline but the cameos made by William Shatner, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, David Hasselhoff, and Lance Armstrong.
Goes to a surprisingly decent cast: Stephen Root, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Rip Torn, Joel David Moore, and Alan Tudyk make up the known and important cast members; I’d call it an ensemble of A and B list comedians of the time. They will make you laugh, some way, somehow.
To its simplicity; much like movies like Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle/Escape from Guantanamo Bay, you know even before the movie starts what is going to happen. You may not know the plot, but you know everything that could happen-possibly because the movie labels itself as an “underdog story” and, well, Globogym and the Purple Cobras are not the underdog that the Average Joes facing foreclosure are.
Another, but rarely used, subtitle was “A truly predictable story”
ESPN 8 “The Ocho”? Really? Mind you, Gary Cole and Jason Batemen were awesome announcers, but seriously. I can see easily why they made this movie (for the fun of it) but don’t understand how this movie would have ever done anything had Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller not been attached to it during their essential comedic prime.
Probably only the greatest announce team ever…next to Kenny Powers.
I don’t have personally satisfactory reasons to give it more beers though I’m sure others could. It won’t hurt the viewing experience to drink any more or less. It’s just that type of movie-brain candy really. Should you watch it? Definitely. Should you make it a priority? Not unless you’re that creepy guy with a shrine to Vince Vaughn in your closet. If you are that person, please seek help….and go outside. Fresh air and sunshine and contact with real people are all good things, not products of the Devil.
Ben Stiller in a fat suit should help you make a decision on whether or not to watch this
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a shot: for Justin Long wrestling with the gym equipment AND Martha Johnstone
Take a shot: for involuntary muscle spasms!
Take a drink: for beaver tranquilizer
Take a drink: for an obvious ending!