Why does it seem that every time I turn around there are another of these 'Men Gone Idiots' type movies being released (see: Old School, Anchorman, Van Wilder, etc.)? I guess because they keep making money, though I do not know why. Hey, I am not against a good comedy, I even love physical comedy, but there has to be some intelligence and rhyme or reason behind it. Is that asking too much? Anyways, on to the review….I am a huge Vince Vaughn fan from way back (Swingers), but I have to say that his buddy Ben Stiller is beginning to get on my nerves. No amount of headbands, lycra outfits or bad false handlebar mustaches are going to distract me from the fact that he is beginning to play the same two characters in every movie he is in. He has been there done that with the variations of the big time loser character (see: Zoolander, If Lucy Fell, Mystery Men) or the sensitive geek (see: Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, Something About Mary). Please Ben, do something different in your next film!
For a change Vince Vaughn plays the muted character and allows Ben Stiller to be the over-the-top scene-stealer. Dodgeball has very little story and then the film is filled up with vulgar, crass physical humour. Or what is being passed off as humour. It was I guess supposed to be a movie that poked fun at the whole fitness craze in the United States and mocked it by grabbing onto a schoolyard game that everyone played at one time or another. The funny thing about that is that after this movie came out and did well you could see actual dodgeball games on TSN or ESPN. It is almost like this film made dodgeball a legitimate sport.
This film was director Rawson Marshall Thurber's first major motion picture and he is definitely starting at the bottom of the food chain. The only way is up for him! It is the type of film where either you are going to love the humour or hate it; there is no sitting on the fence with this one.
Pete La Fleur (Vince Vaughn – Rudy and The Lost World: Jurassic Park) is a slacker who owns a gym called the 'Average Joe' that is populated by uncoordinated losers. Because of the way he runs his business (very slack about collecting membership fees) he is going to lose the gym. Crazy fitness guru, White Goodman (Ben Stiller – Empire of the Sun and Reality Bites), who owns a chain of high tech fitness centers, is going to take over the lease, kick out all of La Fleur's clients and turn it into a parking lot for one of his fitness centres.
After the bank sends an auditor (Christine Taylor – Zoolander) to help La Fleur put his books in order he realizes that it is hopeless. La Fleur decides to save his gym by entering a team in the dodgeball championship that takes place in Las Vegas. The grand prize for the tournament is $50,000, just what La Fleur needs to save his gym. La Fleur and his team of 'Average Joes' get to Vegas only to find that Goodman and his 'Purple Cobras' stand in their way to getting the prize money.
Special DVD Features:
– Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball
– The Anatomy of a Hit
– Justin Long: A Study in Ham & Cheese
– Dodgeball: Go for the Gold