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Review of Dodgeball!

Posted by phduffy on 2004-06-27 00:56:32
Grab life by the Ball!

As you may have decuded by my clever and witty title, this is a review of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and Ben Stiller's wife!

The plot is pretty simple. Ben Stiller owns the Globo chain of gyms, gyms for people that are in stupid good shape. Vince Vaughan owns Average Joes, the crappy gym across the street from Globo. And if Vaughan can't get 50 grand in 30 days, he forfits the gyms to Stiller!!!!
While one of Vaughan's members (gym members that is, he's not multi penised) is perusing obscure Sports Quarterly, he finds out that if they can win the Dodgeball tournament, they'll get 50 grand.

From this point on the movie unrolls like every other sports movie ever. Including scenes from ESPN 8 - The Ocho!, Jason Bateman as the stoned colour commentator dude, and rejects from
THE WARRIORS!!!! as the opponents (ie, the lumberjacks, the Japanese, the Hasselhoff worshiping Geeeerrrrrrmans).

I kind of want to slap anyone in the fact that doesn't like this movie. If you don't like this movie, then you are probably an idiot. BECAUSE THIS MOVIE IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'D FUCKING EXPECT!

It's corny, cliched, stupid, and hi-larious. Don't go to this movie if you want originality. Yes, there are some things that don't make sense. Particularly the sequence in the last 5 minutes of the movie. But this movie isn't about plot. It's about laughing at people while they get hit in the face with balls. Or wrenches.

Ben Stiller is completely over the top and awesome. He must live for this shit. And Vince Vaughan is pretty good too. As are Rip Torn, William Shatner, and all the other folks in this movie.

I also reviewed this movie in my review of 13 Going On 30. So check that out.