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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
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11.30.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story order
Director:
Rawson Marshall Thurber

Actors:
Vince Vaughn
Ben Stiller
Christine Taylor

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A bunch of average morons led by gym owner Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) rattles off a Cinderella run in a big dodgeball tournament and must face off against its big rival, the Globo Gym Purple Cobras and their evil owner White Goodman (Stiller).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

I think suicide may have been my first thought when JoBlo handed me this DVD, however once I determined that watching DODGEBALL may not be a valid reason to kill oneself, I found myself enjoying the flick and wishing I was back in the schoolyard hurling hard-ass balls at my classmates instead of where I am now, hurling saggy balls at my workmates. Now Iíve never been a huge fan of Vince Vaughn but I always connected with his goofball appeal and Ben Stiller, although heís really starting to starve for a new shtick, is always fun to watch. That being said, it was easy to put these feelings aside and just bask in the utter silliness of this movie which basically appeals to the 6-year old kid hiding in everyone except those 5 or younger.

DODGEBALL is your basic underdog tale: a raggedy crew of imbeciles facing insurmountable odds against a group of ruthless, seasoned pros. It dishes out its feel-good message as usual and throws in a ton of laughs in the process. A few hilarious cameos also add to the fun as they feature a few big names and unexpected people. The Lance Armstrong appearance cracked me up and you can never, and I mean NEVER, go wrong with either of Chuck Norris, William Shatner or David Hasselhoff! DODGEBALL was also as easy to follow as the smell from Indiana Sev's shoes and was really easy on the brain. For those who can't read between the lines, that last sentence means it's a great movie to watch while you're high as a kite. A couple of nods to the ole nostalgia are also welcome as we get a final showdown featuring Vaughn's team, the Average Joes and Stiller's Purple Cobras. To the geezers among us, that means we finally get to see who wins between the Joes and Cobra.

Another thing DODGEBALL had going for it was a very funny supporting cast. I can watch Gary Cole mow the lawn and laugh but paired with Jason Bateman as the courtside announcers for ESPN 8 ("The Ocho"), he was at his funniest since OFFICE SPACE. Rip Torn was also in there as the crazy coach of the Joes and Stiller's wife Christine Taylor was as cute as ever as Kate, a member of Vaughn's team... by the way, what I mean by "cute as ever" is that she makes out with another girl so if that's what you're in the mood for, this one's worth the watch. This film is as dumb as it looks and about twice as funny!

THE EXTRAS

Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber and Stars Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller (full length): All three get together in the same room and talk about the movie in a track almost as entertaining as the film itself. It's no surprise that Stiller would crack people up and Vaughn is known himself for his wit but Thurber holds his own as well. By the way, does anyone know if that's Vince Vaughn's real voice or does he just need to hock a loogie and clear his throat?

Deleted & Extended Scenes (10 mins): This was a bit disappointing. I was expecting something funnier but there's not much in there that's missed in the final cut. You'll get seven scenes that are quite passable with an optional commentary by the director.

Alternate Ending (1 min): This is not really a good alternate ending although on the optional commentary, The director claims that it is and I guess he believes it since it was his original ending. All I can say is "Thank you screening audiences!"

Featurettes

  • Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball (4 mins): A small featurette describing the training the actors had to undergo to fine tune their dodgeball skills. These people need training for dodgeball? What kind of childhood did they have?!?
  • The Anatomy of a Hit (3 mins): This describes the physical comedy used in the movie as well as the comedic impact of seeing people get hit in the groin by dodgeballs. Homer Simpson would undoubtedly give his thumbs up to this one and since I always defer to people more intelligent than I am, I'll go with Homer on that one!
  • Justin Long: A Study in Ham & Cheese (3 mins): This is pretty much the equivalent of a bloopers reel as it features Justin Long in some ad-libbing and some of the best hits he took in the testicles for this movie. The man is funny! If you can become a star for getting nailed by objects, then this man has the good life ahead of him!
  • Dodgeball: Go For the Gold (1 min): An impassioned plea by Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn to get dodgeball in as an Olympic sport. I say if the air rifle can make it, then why not dodgeball?

Bloopers/Gag Reel (3 mins): The usual flubbed lines and crack ups.

and by the way, for all those who write to me week in and week out asking me why I don't describe every Easter egg on every DVD, take a look at the one on this disc. On the main menu, go to the bottom right and click on the Purple Cobras logo. ENJOY!

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This epic masterpiece about one team's defiance of history, it's struggle for supremacy, it's fearless pursuit of glory and its unquenchable thirst at being able to slam a ball in it's opponents' faces is a good rental at most but should only be purchased if you're a fan of the wacky tobaccy and enjoy a snicker or two after puffing the magic dragon. If that's the case, then you won't mind watching it over and over again and you might as well just buy it.
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