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At Theaters: 6/18/2004 On Video: 12/7/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429975
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Peter LaFleur, is a charismatic underachiever and proprietor of a rundown gym called Average Joe’s. The facility’s clientele of decidedly less-than-“average Joes” is made up of a self-styled pirate, a scrawny nerd who dreams of impressing an unattainable cheerleader, an obsessive aficionado of obscure sports, a dim-witted young man, and a cocky know-it-all who, of course, really knows nothing.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Action Comedy - This is a silly comedy aimed at young adults. Some raunchy material makes the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Stiller ENVY, STARSKY AND HUTCH, ALONG CAME POLLY, DUPLEX
Vince Vaughn STARSKY AND HUTCH, OLD SCHOOL
Christine Taylor ZOOLANDER
Rip Torn MEN IN BLACK II, FREDDY GOT FINGERED, SENSELESS
Wri/Dir: Rawson Marshall Thurber Feature Film Debut
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 S-word, 2 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Comic sexual references.
VIOLENCE: Many hard hits, all played for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use; opium use.
ACTION: Lots of dodgeball action.
COMEDY: Physical and verbal humor; sex gags.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good The film starts out slowly, hits its stride fifteen minutes in, then starts flagging around the two-thirds point. 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.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good ...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.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average From the same generic mind-set that could just as easily have given us "Major League: Concession Stand" comes what seems like the 11th Ben Stiller comedy this year.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 199 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
48
Very High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
24
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
24
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
43
High
88%
30+Adults (M)
33
Very High
97%
30+Adults (F)
27
Fairly High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 199 moviegoer opinions. Nearly every teen, both male and female, loved "Dodgeball." Twentysomething and adult males also rated it quite high with just a few rating it somewhat low. About three-quarters of the ladies of these two age groups also enjoyed it, but there were quite a few who didn't care for it and a few who hated it.

On these very silly movies I suspect you can ignore many of the low opinions when you have so many rating it very high. The reason being, fans of these silly movies bring someone who isn't a fan and they provide the few very low opinions. I know if I brought my mom to see this movie she would give it one of these terrible reviews and I would give it a great review.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn), is a charismatic underachiever and proprietor of a rundown gym called Average Joe's. The facility's clientele of decidedly less-than-"average Joes” is made up of a self-styled pirate, a scrawny nerd who dreams of impressing an unattainable cheerleader, an obsessive aficionado of obscure sports, a dim-witted young man, and a cocky know-it-all who, of course, really knows nothing.

Peter's humble gym catches the eye of White Goodman (Ben Stiller), the power-mullet-sporting, Fu-Manchu-d, egomaniacal owner of Globo Gym, a gleaming monolith of fitness. White intends to take over Average Joe's, and Peter's non-existent bookkeeping is making it all too easy for him. A foreclosing bank has stationed attorney Kate Veatch (Christine Taylor) inside Average Joe's to finalize Globo's takeover of the gym. But Peter's boyish charms win her over and Kate joins his team of social rejects to beat the odds – and their own ineptitude – to try to save Average Joe's. How? A showdown dodgeball competition against Globo Gym.
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