Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Time Out says
The ‘true underdogs’ in question are regulars at Average Joe’s Gym, a no-frills sweat shack nominally run by affable layabout Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn). He needs $50,000 fast to stave off rapacious Globo Gym proprietor White Goodman (Ben Stiller) – who plans to bulldoze Average Joe’s for a new car park – so Peter and pals, naturally, enter a dodgeball tournament to raise the cash. The set-up is priceless, especially with Stiller prancing around in pompadour, Fu Manchu moustache, and inflatable codpiece, but much of this limply scripted film falls curiously flat – not least because of a fundamental lack of the goodwill evident in stellar precursors as disparate as ‘Caddyshack’ and Stiller’s own ‘Zoolander’. (Why the fatty and lesbian jokes?) Meanwhile, the sudden popularity of dodgeball leagues in the States may portend that D-ball will finally surpass reading ‘Harry Potter’ on the tube as the demographically inclusive pastime of choice; to its credit, the movie addresses the age-appropriate issue when LaFleur’s motley crew is soundly spanked on the court by a fearsome squad of Girl Scouts.
Cast and crew
Jamal E Duff