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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.
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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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.