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... more »'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!« less
"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."
Yoshi | Yoshi's Island | 10/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was awesome! The stars, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, are hilarious. The plot is a little... lame (Vince Vaughn's gym is going to be bought by Ben Stiller's, unless he can get enough money to keep the gym; one of the members of the crappy gym suggests they go into a dodgeball tournament.) but it makes up in its hilariousness. Just the characters are funny; there's one who thinks he's a pirate, another wants to impress a girl by going on the cheerleading team. In one part, they get the wrong box of team uniforms, and... well I won't tell you'll have to see. Basically this whole movie is funny, so see it!"
What a comedy is supposed to be
cmurphy82 | Granby, CO | 09/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a little annoyed with all of the negative reviews for this movie, considering it is the funniest movie I have seen for a while. People are forgetting what a comedy's purpose in life is; to make people laugh. I was sitting in a large movie theater, full of people, who of all things, were laughing.
Ben Stiller plays a character, that yes, we may have seen before, but that's because he does it well. It works. Vince Vaughn plays your average joe, with an army full of hilarious sidekicks, what more do you need? How about some of the best cameo appearances I've seen. People need to stop thinking so much when they go to movies like this....just sit back and enjoy it! It's not going to change the world, but it made quite the impression on me!"
Wheelchair Assassin | The Great Concavity | 07/03/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm always a sucker for some goofy, lowbrow humor, and I went to see "Dodgeball" expecting just that. Suffice to say, the movie more than delivered on its promise. Combining the sports satire of "BASEketball" with the slacker comedy of last year's sleeper hit "Old School," "Dodgeball" is a fast-paced, brilliantly cast howler of a movie for everyone who remembers the ordeal of junior-high gym class. The movie's message isn't exactly subtle, as it relentlessly needles our country's twin obsessions with sports and image in a contest that pits unassuming regular guys against musclebound jerks. Representing the side of the good is Vince Vaughn's likable everyman Peter LaFleur and and his band of misfits from Average Joe's Gym, where it's okay just to be yourself. Facing them is Ben Stiller's furiously narcissistic White Goodman and the walking super-egos of Globo-Gym, where self-hatred and insecurity rule and the motto is "We're Better Than You and We Know It." Those who played dodgeball in school probably remember how much degradation and humiliation was often involved, and the movie has a ball with this idea, never more so than with a hilariously anachronistic instructional video featuring Hank Azaria as dodgeball hero Patches O'Houlihan. With the $50,000 Peter needs to keep his gym alive hanging in the balance, the now wheelchair-bound patches makes a triumphant return to dodgeball as the team's coach. In a brilliant takeoff on movie training montages, Patches prepares Peter's ragtag team for competition by dispensing such wisdom as "aim low" and "if you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball." It all comes to a head in the American Dodgeball Association of America's championship in Las Vegas, with Peter's ragtag group facing White's imposing juggernaut as Gary Cole and Jason Bateman (two of our finest and most underappreciated actors) provide crackling commentary for the telecast on ESPN 8. While it does contain a few flat spots and excessive moments, there's still a lot to recommend "Dodgeball" to the average viewer. Its easygoing goofball humor, led by Stiller's furious mugging as White, is intelligent without straining the mind too hard. Sports fans like myself will almost surely get a kick out of the movie's knowing winks at the excesses of America's sporting culture, such as the very existence of an eighth ESPN channel. And the movie's casting is superb, as Vaughn, Stiller, Cole, and Bateman are joined by the ever-hot Christine Taylor, Stephen Root of "Office Space" fame, Rip Torn (as the older version of Patches O'Houlihan), and Lance Armstrong, whose cameo is easily among the movie's high-water marks. All in all, "Dodgeball" is a welcome break in a summer-movie season too often marked by stupid special-effects blockbusters."
I can't stop watching it!
James M. Miller | Mall of Oa | 07/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i missed this sleeper comedy in the theater, but picked it up on a whim on DVD and let me say, it is a well crafted, fun, hilarious movie! Vince Vaughan is my hero and can't wait for Wedding Crashers! Anyhow, if you love dark humor movies like Napoleon Dynamite and Dumb & Dumber, you will love this one!"
It Had Some Classic Moments
Dan Blankenship | Lowell, IN USA | 06/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, this movie is definitely a film you will remember. What I liked most about this movie is it seems like three people wrote it, with all three of them trying to approach comedy from a different angle. This movie fluctuates from sophisticated comedy, slapstick comedy, and stoopid' comedy as much as an MTV music video (when they actually play videos) switches camera angles. Yet somehow this movie makes it work.Ben Stiller is great in his role as the self-centered owner of Globo Gym. This is one of those characters who becomes so obnoxious during the film, that you can't wait to see him fall; that means the director did a very good job.Vince Vaughn also pulled his job off as the owner of the smaller gym next to Globo Gym that Stiller's character can't wait to acquire. He is best when he has the quite and mellow guy role; this movie fit him like a glove. The beginning of this movie is a bit slow. But hang in there, it does pick up. By the end of the movie, I had laughed quite a bit. My only complaint is that they included a lot of sexual references and profanity that really wasn't important to the comedy or storyline. I still haven't figured out why producers and directors do this; maybe it is for the shock-value teenagers might be seeking...I gave it four stars only because it starts off a little slow and it would have been just as good without the raunchy stuff.See ya next review.