The rivalry between Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) and White Goodman (Ben Stiller) is highlighted in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." Peter is the owner of 'Average Joes', a rundown fitness center whose members are usually rejects, pinheads, pansies, or pirates. Unfortunately, the gym will be foreclosing within the month if Peter cannot find the necessary funds ($50 000) to pay the bank. White is the owner of 'GloboGym', a successful gym that is interested in buying 'Average Joes' and turning it into parking space. As a last attempt to save the gym, Peter and his six rejects enter in the Las Vegas Dodgeball competition in hopes of winning the $50 000 Grand Prize. On the other side are White and his steroid jocks form the 'Purple Cobras' resulting in a face-off for territory and pride. Other supporting characters are Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn), a legendary dodgeball veteran who becomes 'Average Joes' coach and saviour, Kate Veatch (Christine Taylor, Stiller's wife), Peter's love interest and the team's secret weapon, and a B-list of cameos.
Thurber is not really pushing boundaries, nor presenting any new gimmicks and sticks to one-dimensional characters. Supporting characters, such as the pirate, male cheerleader and the guy with the 'Romanian-Unibrowed' woman fetish all seem to not fit, simply because of their hesitant performances. However, I will admit that some of the jokes are funny, but the best ones are already revealed in the previews. Nevertheless, Stiller does not fall short: loyal fans can still count on Stiller to make a complete ass of himself! Plus, it is always amusing to witness any object (whether it be a ball or a wrench) wipe a person out at 90 miles an hour! In the end, the film does have a surprising and satisfying twist, which I believe is probably the most 'outrageous' scene in the whole movie. But again, it is not as if it has never been seen before.
Special DVD Features:
-Commentary by writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber and actors Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn…this is a fun romp with the director and the 2 leading men.
-7 deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber
-Alternate ending with optional commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber
-Featurette: "Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball" and "The Anatomy of a Hit"
-Bloopers/gag reel…watch the cast goofing around, this was a lot of fun to watch.
-Dodgeball: Go for the Gold….Dodgeball as an Olympic sport?
-6 Easter eggs…watch the DVD to find out what this.