Dodgeball-True Underdog Story (Blu-ray)-Unrated

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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!

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 207993525
UPC 024543525929
UPC 14 00024543525929
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/31/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Stiller,Ben
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Awards
MTV Award (2005) Ben Stiller, Winner, Best Villain,Ben Stiller, Nominee, Best Comedic Performance,Vince Vaughn, et. al., Nominee, Best On-Screen Team
ESPY (2004) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Nominee, Best Sports Movie
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Of course, Dodgeball isn't a true underdog anything, but that's all part of the joke. A blistering satire of feel-good sports movies, this film makes its mark via the most direct route: it lampoons by adopting the tried-and-true "straight" formula and tweaking it a little. The approach works because many sports dramas are borderline unintentional parodies with less tension than a flaccid cable; all the filmmakers of Dodgeball had to do was to follow the plot-by-numbers approach, incorporate some obviously comedic material, and toss in a huge dose of over-the-top earnestness. The resulting product offers about 90 minutes of laughter (although the movie runs out of steam during its final third)...Few satires are capable of sustaining their comedic momentum for the length of a full feature film, and Dodgeball is no exception. The film starts out slowly, hits its stride fifteen minutes in, then starts flagging around the two-thirds point. By the time Dodgeball reaches its obligatory conclusion, all of the potential for humor has been burned up. Of course, comedy is subjective, and there are those who will be less-than-enamored with Dodgeball's sophomoric and occasionally vulgar brand of humor. For me, however, it was a pleasant diversion in the midst of a movie season that has been, to this point, a disappointment.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" is a title that rewards close study. It does not say it is a true story. It says it is about a true underdog. That is true. This is a movie about a spectacularly incompetent health club owner (Vince Vaughn) who tries to save his club from foreclosure by entering a team in the $50,000 world series of dodgeball in Las Vegas. Proof that the team is an underdog: One of the team members believes he is a pirate, and another team member hasn't noticed that...Vaughn's club, Average Joe's Gym, is run-down and shabby but has a loyal if nutty clientele. Across the street is a multi-million-dollar muscle emporium known as Globo Gym is (there is no "l" in the title, perhaps because it fell off). Globo is owned by Ben Stiller, overacting to the point of apoplexy as White Goodman; his manic performance is consistently funny, especially when he protects against Small Man Complex by surrounding himself with enormous body-builders and building an inflatable crotch into his training pants...I dare not say much more without giving away jokes; in a miraculous gift to the audience, 20th Century-Fox does not reveal all of the best gags in its trailer. Therefore let me just gently say that late in the movie a famous man approaches Peter La Fleur at the airport and gets laughs almost as big as the Patches O'Houlihan training technique.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Unrated, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Stiller,Ben
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun Pointed and satiric. Best of all, one must hasten to admit, it's pretty funny.
Desson Howe, The Washington Post ...a treasure of small gems.
Entertainment Weekly ...a slaphappy send-up of the whole sniffly underdog sports-movie genre...
Jim Dyer, Empire Unpretentious, unsophisticated and all the better for it.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Hilariously fake and rude.

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