25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2007
I guess my husband and I just don't have the sophistication needed to appreciate "films," because this movie is just our type! We actually had to stop the DVD a couple of times to compose ourselves. My stomach hurt so much from the wrench-throwing and car-dodging scenes. I know it's stupid, but it totally cracked us up! If you want to watch something that requires no thinking but entertains you to the max, give this one a try.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2006
"This is where dodgeball was invented....by opium addicted chinamen." This movie is perfect. It was never meant to be some critically acclaimed opus....actually, the more I know about most critics the less I care what they think but this movie is a perfect 90 minute smilefest with wonderfully warm performances by absolutely everyone in this film. From the two main stars all the way down to Chuck Norris.
I absolutely love everything about this film. They actually have a guy who actually thinks he's a pirate. Justin Long says "no doy" and did that guy by the jukebox get killed by a dodgeball? The direction is spot on, the writing is fantastic and everyone on the screen is absolutely the best person I can imagine for their respective roles. Also, there is something so funny about a rhino-skin playground ball smacking someone in the chops. I could never grow tired of watching this film. It will put you in a good mood....isn't that what entertainment is about?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2005
When I first saw Dodgeball in theaters, I loved it. But I knew there would be a double-dip DVD. You know, they release a DVD, and a few months later, they release a better DVD. So looks like I'll be reviewing the brand new DVD!
The story consists of two gyms. The first one is the Globo gym, a giant gym owned by White Goodman [played marvously by Ben Stiller.] And the other is the Average Joe's gym, owned by Peter, and the people who go there aren't normal. Peter. being in debt, discovers if he doesn't pay $50,000, he will lose the gym and White will take over it. After reading about a $50,000 dollar prize dodgeball competion in Las Vegas, he tries to master dodgeball.
If you are looking for a story with great plot and character development, look elsewhere. But if you love a great, funny comedy, see Dodgeball!
This new Unrated DVD is packed with great bonuses. An audio commentary, featurettes, deleted scenes w/ optional commentary, an alternate ending [which sucks], bloopers, and more. A must have.
PS: Press Enter each time White Goodman snaps his fingers [he does it 4 times] during the movie for some Easter eggs, including a second commentary!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2004
The "bunch of losers rallied into a champion team" story is one of the oldest in Hollywood, and this year's incarnation of the evergreen sub-genre is one of the best. It relies on something extremely simple: the inherent funniness of seeing someone get hit in the head. Thurber's screenplay piles joke upon joke - both visual and verbal - to the point of near-hysteria, especially during the training sequences and the early rounds of the tournament. Ben Stiller is marvellous as the ludicrously narcissistic/neurotic White Goodman, and the perfect foil to Vince Vaughn's almost somnambulistically unmotivated Peter La Fleur. The supporting cast and cameos are all great, but in the end it's Thurber's relentlessly witty screenplay that shines. It has a reassuring awareness of its own absurdity (from the elaborate subtitle, right down to the "Deus Ex Machina" emblazoned on the cash chest at the end), but respects the genre just enough to become one of its shining examples. Very refreshing, and a step up for Stiller and Vaughn from the surprisingly lukewarm "Starsky & Hutch".
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2005
If you are looking for a fun flick to waste some time, you've found it! This movie has some very funny and unforgettable moments. Sadly and strangely, I found myself laughing uncontrolably at the sight of the red balls pounding people. A cheap thrill that I would recommend if you want a good laugh.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2004
Okay, so it's not the most intelligent comedy but it is a comedy and a good one at that. Not every movie is supposed to make you think and laugh at the same time. Some movies are just supposed to be funny (especially if starring Ben Stiller). Dodgeball fulfilled this request and I'm so glad to see Vince Vaughn doing something. He's such a great comedian with his dry subtle wit and really plays off of Stiller's over-the-top-ness well. Was JErry Stiller in this movie? I don't remember but let's just assume that he was. Anyway, it was a great predictable movie and I thought the cameo with Lance Armstrong was the best scene ("What are you dying of?" "Right now. Shame mostly")
This movie goes great with "Starksy and Hutch" in which the roles are switched and Vaughn plays the baddie and Stiller is back to his "Royal Tennebaums" neurotic control freak character.
And yes, Ben Stiller has played this character he plays in "Dodgeball" before in a movie called "Heavyweights". I would also recommend watching that.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2004
My wife and I saw this on opening night and laughed ourselves silly the whole time. The comedy here takes all forms - from subtle, to slapstick, to sexual references. The plot is standard small guy vs. big guy, but is very rewarding nonetheless.
Ben Stiller plays a fitness club owner who wants to buy out his neighbor's club. In response, Vince Vaughan's character is about to fold but gets together with some of his friends (one of whom is a pirate, who is absolutely hilarious the whole time) and enter a dodgeball competition. The rest is somewhat predictable but hilarious anyway. This movie is not about plot, it's about laughs, and luckily there are more than enough to last.
If you liked Dumb & Dumber, Pet Detective, etc. then get this DVD. You'll be laughing for days.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2005
Dodgeball is one of the greatest movies ever made. The movie is about Vince Vaughn leading a group of misfits to win a Dodgeball tournment to save his gym. The movie is funny from the beginning to the end. Ben Stiller plays a great villian, White Goodman a sucessful gym owner who uses a whole bunch of funny and stupid sayings to every phrase. Rip Torn does a great job as Patches O'Houllahan, the Average Joes dodgeball coach who says the now classic line "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball". Also you can't forget Christine Taylor and Stephon Roots great performances and my favorite in the movie Steve The Pirate.
Buy this movie, it is great. Best Sports Movie Ever made.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dodgeball is a fun and entertaining film that pits two business associates against each other in a battle for respect and survival. Ben Stiller is the egocentric, cocky White Goodman and Vince Vaughan plays his rival, Peter. Both men own physical health centers, but Peter's is in financial trouble and needs a way to make a large sum of money quickly. Peter and his employees decide to enter a dodgeball tournament in Las Vegas with the hope of winning the championship and the necessary money to stay in business. Goodman hears about this and he enters his own team to challenge them.
The formula and plot for this movie may seem a little hokey at first. But the movie works for several reasons. First of all, there is the fine cast of characters and diversity of personalities. Vaughn's character is soft spoken and friendly, but also non- expressive and basically an underachiever- the mirror opposite of the arrogant character played by Ben Stiller. Rip Torn is also excellent as the coach for Vaughn's team. His character, Peaches O'Houlihan, is confined to a wheelchair but he doesn't let this stop him from doing what he does best: coaching and motivating his team in a most unorthodox and often hysterical way. And Gary Cole and Jason Bateman add some good laughs as the sportscasters for "ESPN 8: The Ocho", which is covering the dodgeball event.
Cameo appearances by Lance Armstrong, William Shatner and others add to the many surprises in this film. And even though the movie is mostly predictable, as a viewer, you really won't mind. There is enough fun along the way to make the ride enjoyable regardless.
Dodgeball is, in summary, a fast- moving, fun, entertaining, and mostly predictable film that is humorous and enjoyable from beginning to end. The director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, and the fine cast deserve credit for taking what initially seems like a stupid, "B" comedy and turning it into a compelling, witty, and entertaining motion picture film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After Ben Stiller's tepid turn in the Starsky and Hutch tribute, I was hungry for a new opportunity to watch him do his thing. That opportunity came in the form of the movie Dodgeball. Here Stiller re-teams with Starsky and Hutch bad-guy Vince Vaughan, and they switch roles: this time around, Stiller is bad-guy gym owner White Goodman, while Vaughan is good-guy gym owner Peter LeFleur. The results are totally hilarious--I swear I started laughing at the beginning of this movie and didn't stop until it was over. This one is easily one of the funniest movies of 2004!
I'm convinced that Ben Stiller is doing what he was brought upon this Earth to do, and he does it with superior skill. Vince Vaughan's role in this movie is very conservative, but still packs the necessary comedic punch. Dodgeball gets my highest possible recommendation.