Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (2004)



Critic Consensus: Proudly profane and splendidly silly, Dodgeball is a worthy spiritual successor to the goofball comedies of the 1980s.

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Writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber makes his feature film debut with the sports comedy Underdogs. When a group of friends learn that their beloved gym is getting absorbed by a major corporation, they join together to form a rag-tag dodgeball team. The group of wacky misfits challenges the major corporation to a big dodgeball competition to determine the fate of their gym. The husband and wife team of Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor star.

Rating: PG-13 (for rude and sexual humor, and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rawson Marshall Thurber
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On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
Box Office: $114.2M
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Critic Reviews for Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (38)

This masterpiece of modern cinema depends upon a single truism: A guy getting hit in the nuts a hundred times in a row is funny a hundred times.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

In the end it just felt like we were being told one long joke but were never given the punchline.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The jokes fly as wildly as the titular sports gear, landing solidly more often than you'd expect thanks to a fast-paced script and a cast of good-natured misfits led by Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Big Picture Big Sound

Stiller is in fine form and just watching his exaggerated, paranoid egocentric White is amusing in itself.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Trash comedies such as this are usually more painful than funny, but writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber pulls enough hilarious gags and cameos out of his gym bag to qualify his first feature as the summerÔ(TM)s first guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Stiller gives one of his broadest and best performances to date, and the jokes ping around the screen as fast as the balls on the court.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story


I laughed in spite of the fact I usually hate Ben Stiller. But a fun movie that was funny enough for me during my beach week.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Probably one of the most underrated sports or fun games you can play which I haven't done since I was in school. I have no idea if there are any actual proper dodgeball leagues/competitions like in this film but I think there should be.

As for this film, well the title says it all really, its an underdog story where the underdogs emerge victorious against all odds, the end. This film doesn't try to be anything other than what it clearly is, a complete dumbass of a film with in your face, laugh out loud moments. Nothing here is clever or particularly original its just childish toilet humour utilising every trick in the book to get a giggle, no stone left unturned.

The cast is a mixture of some Frat pack members and good character actors who all take the opportunity to let loose and just play it to the extreme. Good old Ben Stiller has to be the main attraction here as the narcissistic gym owner with a Vidal Sassoon hair style. I did also enjoy the satirical take on flashy modern day gyms filled with overly tanned models who merely like to look at themselves whilst getting fit.

Stephen Root rehashes his 'Office Space' character to great effect, Alan Tudyk is a pirate, why? no idea but its amusing and Vince Vaughn simply plays the same regular Joe character he always does but he does it well doesn't he. There are many other funny performances here and quite a lot of cameos, too many to mention but none of them ever undermine the films comedy. Kinda funny seeing Lance Armstrong going on about his Tour De France victories though, ouch!

The whole idea here is so basic its amazing they got it off the ground really. Chock full of cheap laughs, naughty visual gags, lots of crotch slapstick, cheesy lines, weight jokes and pratfalls, the film does feel very infantile at times but at others it can be very funny indeed. Its not really about the plot for all intense and purposes, you just watch to see Vaughn, Stiller and co act the fool and crack hokey lines. Its all about the hammy acting and rude visual tomfoolery but the bonus is its a good little feel good flick too.

Yeah you know what will happen, you know the slimy slow witted Stiller will get his comeuppance in the end, there aren't any surprises here. You know exactly what you're paying for with this and you get it, like I say the film doesn't pretend to be anything else other than a stupid comedy much like 'Dumb and Dumber' or other frat pack flicks.

Upped to the max deliberately with daft spoof-like moments for optimal belly laughs and finishing off with the all too common parody of the classic coming from behind victory. Its admittedly a bit of a one joke flick for sure but you don't need to look into it that much, its just an easy going fun entertaining hour and a half.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller are a comedy dream-team in this spastic-athletic comedy. Dodgeball's combined humor, silliness and crudeness makes for an entertaining picture for audiences to laugh at. The film takes the sports trait of adversity and heroism and directly and superbly hits it with balls. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
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