How's this for impressive trivia:Dodgeballfaced off againstThe Terminalin opening-weekend competition, and 29-year-old writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber aced Steven Spielberg by a score of $30 to $18.7 in box-office millions. That's no mean feat for a newcomer, but Thurber's lowbrow script and rapid-fire direction--along with a sublime cast of screen comedians--proved to be just what moviegoers were ravenous for: a consistently hilarious, patently formulaic romp in which the underdog owner of Average Joe's Gym (Vince Vaughan) faces foreclosure unless he can raise $50,000 in 30 days. The solution: A dodgeball tournament offering $50K to the winners, in which Vaughan and his nerdy clientele team up against the preening, abhorrently narcissistic owner (Ben Stiller) of Globo Gym, who's threatening a buy-out. That's it for story; any 5-year-old could follow it with brainpower to spare. But Thurber, Vaughan, Stiller, and their well-cast costars (including Stiller's off-screen wife, Christine Taylor) keep the big laughs coming for 96 nonsensical minutes. With spot-on cameos by champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong, David Hasselhoff, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, and William Shatner, and a crudely amusing coda for those who watch past the credits,Dodgeballis no masterpiece, but you can bet Spielberg was unexpectedly humbled by its popular appeal.--Jeff Shannon
I had no idea what this movie was really about. However, I love Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor (husband/wife) so I got it. It was better than I thought it would be, and very, very funny. Yeah, it was a little predictable, but it had some very interesting plot twists that popped up throughout the movie. I was never bored watching it, and would recommend it to someone who is looking for something light to watch while unwinding after a hectic day.
Pros: Great Cast and Some fun jokes. Cons: Not alot in the way of plot or acting. The Bottom Line: A funny film that should be perfect for an afternoon of Summer entertainment. The classic schoolyard game of Dodge ball is lovingly satirized in the new oddball comedy Dodge ball: a True Underdogs Story with often hilarious results. For those of you who are not familiar with the game, it involves two sets of players facing … more