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Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Ben Stiller , Christine Taylor , Rawson Marshall Thurber  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn, Justin Long
  • Directors: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Writers: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Producers: Ben Stiller, Mary McLaglen, Rhoades Rader, Stuart Cornfeld
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006419IM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • 7 deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Alternate ending with optional commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Featurette: "Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball"
  • Featurette: "The Anatomy of a Hit"
  • Bloopers/gag reel
  • Justin Long: A Study in Ham & Cheese
  • Dodgeball: Go for the Gold
  • 6 Easter eggs
  • Theatrical trailers

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You'll dodge, duck, dip, dive. . . and laugh out loud watching Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller settle their differences in a winner-take-all dodgeball competition. Under the painful tutelage of legendary ADAA champ, Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn), Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) and his Average Joes take on the Purple Cobras, led by egomaniacal fitness guru, White Goodman (Stiller). It's an over-the-top underdog tale filled with hilarious sight gags and balls-out fun!

How's this for impressive trivia: Dodgeball faced off against The Terminal in opening-weekend competition, and 29-year-old writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber aced Steven Spielberg by a score of $30 to $18.7 in box-office millions. That's no mean feat for a newcomer, but Thurber's lowbrow script and rapid-fire direction--along with a sublime cast of screen comedians--proved to be just what moviegoers were ravenous for: a consistently hilarious, patently formulaic romp in which the underdog owner of Average Joe's Gym (Vince Vaughn) faces foreclosure unless he can raise $50,000 in 30 days. The solution: A dodgeball tournament offering $50K to the winners, in which Vaughn and his nerdy clientele team up against the preening, abhorrently narcissistic owner (Ben Stiller) of Globo Gym, who's threatening a buy-out. That's it for story; any 5-year-old could follow it with brainpower to spare. But Thurber, Vaughn, Stiller, and their well-cast costars (including Stiller's off-screen wife, Christine Taylor) keep the big laughs coming for 96 nonsensical minutes. With spot-on cameos by champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong, David Hasselhoff, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, and William Shatner, and a crudely amusing coda for those who watch past the credits, Dodgeball is no masterpiece, but you can bet Spielberg was unexpectedly humbled by its popular appeal. --Jeff Shannon

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully stupid movie! 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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're in a chinese opium tent Timmy!" September 18, 2006
"This is where dodgeball was 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?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New spin on the oldest yarn 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".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie & DVD! 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!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story July 2, 2005
By Zack H.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasing Underdog Story... 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.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Movie In Years! 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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie is great, but the PICTURE WAS HORRIBLE! WORST PICTURE FROM AMAZON EVER!!! Totally ruined the movie, and made that extra dollar we paid for HD a real kick in the teeth.
Published 8 hours ago by High Standards
1.0 out of 5 stars Not silly enough to be ridiculously-funny like Zoolander. Not serious...
Not silly enough to be ridiculously-funny like Zoolander. Not serious enough to be plausable. We have all seen this plot a million times where the under-dog team of lovable losers... Read more
Published 1 day ago by S. Goatbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny movie! Well worth watching.
Published 10 days ago by David Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the widescreen...and avoid the unrated one
This is a great movie. But stay away from the unrated version. They seriously ruined some of the best lines in the movie by changing them. Read more
Published 13 days ago by B. Dampier
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have in any movie collection
If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball. Don't dodge this movie.
Published 15 days ago by Eric Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by ajackson
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is the most amazing thing to happen to mankind in the...
This movie is the most amazing thing to happen to mankind in the history of this Earth. If you have not seen this movie, then you are missing out on a truly amazing life... Read more
Published 16 days ago by MattsTech
5.0 out of 5 stars Stiller is awesome.
A true classic. This version seems to have toned down some of the adult content from the original. Stiller is awesome.
Published 17 days ago by JupiterJohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Clamourously Funny!
HILARIOUS...Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are "over the top" FUNNY!
Published 19 days ago by Donielle J. Muse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cracks me up! 2nd time watching this movie :)
Published 21 days ago by JenniferStLouis
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diff bet unrated and rated versions?
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Can anyone make out the names of the teams in the movie Dodgeball?
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