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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Theatrical poster
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by Stuart Cornfeld
Ben Stiller
Written by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring Vince Vaughn
Ben Stiller
Christine Taylor
Rip Torn
Justin Long
Stephen Root
Jason Bateman
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Jerzy Zielinski
Editing by Allan E. Baumgarten
Studio 20th Century Fox
Red Hour Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) June 18, 2004
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Gross revenue $167,722,310

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as simply Dodgeball, is a 2004 American comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Rip Torn. The film focuses on a rivalry between the owners of Average Joe's, a small gym, and Globo-Gym, a competing big-budget gym located across the street. Peter LaFleur (Vaughn), the owner of the smaller gym, has defaulted on his mortgage and enters a dodgeball tournament in an attempt to earn the money necessary to prevent his gym from being purchased by Globo-Gym. Globo-Gym enters a team in the tournament in an effort to ensure that Average Joe's gym fails.

Dodgeball received generally good reviews, with a 70% aggregate rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] The film was a commercial success, grossing over $30 million in its first week and eventually grossed more than $114 million domestically.



Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) is the laid-back, down-to-earth owner of Average Joe's, a failing, decaying gym with a handful of loyal, but eccentric, members, including Steve the Pirate (Alan Tudyk), Justin (Justin Long), Gordon (Stephen Root), and employees Dwight (Chris Williams) and Owen (Joel David Moore). His rival, White Goodman (Ben Stiller), owner of the glamorous, highly-sucessful Globo-Gym located across the street, has purchased Average Joe's defaulted mortgage. Therefore, Peter must raise $50,000 in thirty days in order to redeem the equity of redemption on the about-to-be-foreclosed mortgage, or else Goodman will successfully foreclose upon Average Joe's Gym and demolish it for a parking garage. Working on this transaction is attorney Kate Veatch (Christine Taylor), whom White attempts and fails to charm on multiple different occasions. However, Veatch and Peter develop a friendship despite her role in his business troubles.

To raise the money, Average Joe's holds a car wash, only to find that right across the street that same day, a bunch of women wearing bikinis host their own and steal all the business from them, except for one dubious customer. Gordon declares that they can win the money needed to pay the redemption costs by winning a dodgeball competition in Las Vegas, and they begin to train to enter the tournament. The team watches a 1950s-style training film, featuring legendary dodgeball star Patches O'Houlihan (Hank Azaria), to learn about dodgeball.

By spying on them, White learns of their plans to enter the contest, and decides to enter it himself to prevent Average Joe's gym raising the money needed to pay off their debts. He forms a super-powerful team, which he names "The Purple Cobras", that includes his own personal trainer and assistant, Me'Shell, Romanovian dodgeball champion Fran (Missi Pyle), and three very athletic men from his gym, Blade, Lazer, and Blazer. Although they lose the first match, the Average Joe's team manages to enter the tournament by default after their first opponent, a Girl Scout troop, is disqualified because one of their members has failed a drug test. After celebrating this initial win, Peter is approached by Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn), a legendary former dodgeball player who now uses a wheelchair, who offers to coach the team.

Despite undergoing Patches' questionable and painful training methods (such as dodging cars, and having wrenches thrown at them), the team begins to steadily improve. Kate, although reluctantly at first, demonstrates that she has substantial potential as a dodgeball player, and agrees to join their team after finally reaching her limit with White’s inept, arrogant attempts at courting her (including firing her so he would not be dating an employee).

At the tournament, which is held in Las Vegas and televised by ESPN8, the team proves to be an underdog success, which wins over the audience and sportscasters Cotton McKnight (Gary Cole) and Pepper Brooks (Jason Bateman). Despite numerous setbacks, such as being delivered the wrong uniforms, Average Joe's successfully makes it through to the final, where they will face White’s team, The Purple Cobras. The night before, the team's confidence takes a severe hit when Patches is inadvertently killed by a falling billboard. White meets with Peter and offers him $100,000 in cash to hand over the Average Joe's deed and forfeit the upcoming finals match. The team begins to drift apart. Several are distracted away from the final, with Steve (the pirate) being discouraged by Peter and by a hate attack, and Justin being asked by his classmate Amber (Julie Gonzalo) to help in her cheerleading championship. Justin arrives on time but they do not have enough players turn up to compete. Peter – his confidence shattered – seems to be about to desert his friends when he bumps into Lance Armstrong, who motivates him to return. He arrives just as Average Joe's is to be forfeited from the final, but a tie-breaking vote from judge Chuck Norris allows them to play.

The final match pits Average Joe's against the Purple Cobras led by White. White manages to strike Peter and almost wins but the referee announces he stepped over the line and Peter is still in. The tournament comes down to a sudden-death playoff between White and Peter; inspired by a vision of the deceased Patches, a blindfolded Peter manages to dodge White’s shot and strike him, winning the match and the $50,000 cash prize. Although White reveals that Peter did, in fact, sell the gym the night before, Peter replies by revealing that he has used the money to bet on Average Joe's to win (at 50-to-1 odds), winning $5,000,000, enough to buy a controlling stake in Globo-Gym (which now includes Average Joe's), thus buying White out. After this, Kate is seen kissing and reuniting with Joyce, her assumed lesbian lover, at which Peter and Dwight look on in shock. Kate then reveals she isn't lesbian, but bisexual, and kisses Peter.

Average Joe's becomes a success, Justin's girlfriend Amber becomes pregnant, Owen and Fran are seen in matching jumpsuits with hands around each other, Steve has reverted back to his pirate ways, Peter has opened youth dodgeball classes at the gym, and White drowns his sorrows in junk food, becoming obese again as a result. He also blames Chuck Norris for not letting him win the tournament.



The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, although Slant Magazine dismissed the movie as "a less-than-one-joke film",[2] while TV Guide remarked that Ben Stiller "doesn't know when to stop".[3] Other critics, such as the Boston Globe, praised Stiller's satirical take on male virility and praised the chemistry between Vince Vaughn and Christine Taylor.[4] Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal initially declined to review the movie, believing it wasn't worthy of his time. However, after reviewing the DVD, he changed his view of the movie, writing, "Mea culpa, mea culpa. Rawson Marshall Thurber's debut feature, starring Ben Stiller opposite Vince Vaughn, is erratic, imbecilic if not completely idiotic, inconsequential in even the small scheme of things, and thoroughly entertaining. [5] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 69% "fresh" rating out of 151 reviews, with 107 of the reviews being positive. The film was mostly praised for its "cheerfully sloppy, dumb fun" according to the website.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story proved to be a large success upon its release. In its first week, the film grossed over $30 million, eventually grossing a domestic total of $114,324,072.[6]


  • 2004 ESPY Awards
    • Best Sports Movie - Nominated
  • 2005 BMI Awards
    • Best Film Music, Theodore Shapiro - Won
  • 2005 MTV Movie Awards
    • Best Comedic Performance, Ben Stiller - Nominated
    • Best On-Screen Team (Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, Stephen Root, Joel Moore and Chris Williams) - Nominated
    • Best Villain, Ben Stiller - Won
  • 25th Golden Raspberry Awards


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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a 2004 film about a group of misfits entering a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Written by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Grab life by the balls. (taglines)


Peter La Fleur

  • It's time to put your mouth where our balls are.
  • I found that if you have a goal, you might not reach it. But if you don't have one, then you are never disappointed.
  • I'd love to, but I don't think they make a 'sorry your dodgeball coach just got crushed by two tons of irony' Hallmark card.
  • You had me at blood and semen. Wait, what about eggs, you know... that kind [Peter points towards Kate in his office]
  • Hey, White. I didn't think Nazi camp got out until eight. Did you decide to skip arts and crafts?
  • Thank you, Chuck Norris.

White Goodman

  • Ball me Blazer.
  • Oh, now he's a philosophizer.
  • Cram it up your cram hole!
  • That's me, six years and six-hundred pounds ago.
  • Here at Globo Gym we understand that ugliness and fatness are genetic disorders, like baldness or necrophilia, and it's your fault if you don't hate yourself enough to do something about it.
  • Good luck losing with these losers in Las Vegas, La Fleur!
  • Yeh, that's me taking the bull by the horns, it's how I like to run my business. It's a metaphor. But that actually happened though.
  • Let's not find ourselves shackled by the bonds of employer-employee relations. Unless of course you're into that sort of thing, in which case I got some shackles in the back. Just kidding. But seriously, I've got 'em.
  • [When asked how he knew where Kate lived] It's called the Freedom of Information Act for a reason. The hippies finally got something right. Just kidding. But not really.
  • Nobody makes me bleed my own blood! Nobody!
  • My gym has shareholders, yours haven't even got... cupholders!
  • Go on and make your jokes Mr Jokey... Joke-maker!
  • I earned this body, and I built this temple with nothing more than some elbow grease and a little can-do attitude... and yes, a large inheritance from my father, Earl Goodman.
  • Here at Globo Gym, we're better than you. And we know it.
  • I wouldn't sell my gym to you for all of King Midas' silver.
  • Your Gym is a skid-mark on the underpants of society.
  • Well, isn't that convenient for you... and the clock!
  • I won that tournament! Fuckin' Chuck Norris!
  • Of course you'll still be yourself in a legal sense, but think of it as a thinner, more attractive you than you could ever become without us. And with our competitively priced on-site cosmetic surgery, we can turn that Frankenstein you see in the mirror every morning, into a Franken Fine!
  • I don't know if you've ever seen a hundred thousand dollars before, except perhaps in the movies. But let me show you something that gets lost in the translation. [opens briefcase revealing single stack of bills]
  • Turn it up high Reggie, I wanna burn.
  • I know you, you know you, and I know you know that I know you.
  • We are the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, and we will, we will, rock you!
  • You're going down, La Fleur! You're going down like a sweet muffin!
  • Are you ready for the.. HURRICANE!
  • We're sweating like grease monkeys out here, I can't hold onto a ball!
  • You and your lovable band of losers have already lost!
  • What? You like it it those freaks in loser town? [Kate says "They're not freaks, they're people, just like you and me"] Ha, ha, people just like you and me? That's what I love about you Kate, you've got a "personality"!
  • I've got some great news, you're fired! Yeh, I told the bank you were stealing and drinking on the job, and they bought it! Can you believe it?!
  • And they love you. Whoo, do they love you. You're their Fonzie, Pete. "Heeeeey." Right?
  • Differences? You slept with three of my female trainers!
  • Donde Esta La Biblioteca, Pedro?
  • In 30 days I'll be bulldozing that shit heap you call a gym into permanent nothingness, And I can only hope that you, and the mongrel Race that comprise your membership are inside it when I do.
  • Fucking Chuck Norris

Patches O'Houlihan

  • I ain't crazy, and I ain't a guy! I'm Patches O'Houlihan, and I'm your new coach.
  • [When questioned on learning how to dodge balls] That's what this sack of wrenches is for. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! [Throws wrench at Justin, hitting him square in the face] Any other questions?
  • If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!
  • Just remember the five D's of dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and... Dodge.
  • Holy hell son, you're about as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop!
  • Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No! But I do it anyway, cause it's sterile and I like the taste.
  • Oh my sweet dick, it's magic!
  • Take care of your balls, and they'll take care of you.
  • If you want dodgeball victory you gotta grab it by its haunches and hump it into submission, that's the only way!
  • Remember, dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion and degradation. So, when you're picking players in gym class, remember to pick the bigger, stronger kids for your team. That way you can gang up on the weaker ones, like Winston here.
  • And can someone catch a god-damn ball! It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to fuck a doorknob out there!
  • [Deep breath in] I love the smell of queef in the morning!
  • I've got some hookers in my room... wanna go celebrate? My treat!
  • Suit yourself, queer! [when Peter declines the above offer]
  • You couldn't hit water if you fell out of a boat!
  • Come on! I've seen better runs in my shorts!
  • They're too good and you suck something awful.
  • You have to get angry,you have to be MEAN! (hits gordo in the balls) You angry now.


  • They must masturbate a lot, Cotton.
  • I feel like I'm watching a Cher video, Cotton.
  • Pepper needs new shorts!
  • I sure do like pumpkins, Cotton.
  • That'll buy you one heck of a pumpkin, Cotton!
  • I don't know how they can play in diapers, Cotton. I never could.
  • I feel shocked!
  • Hold your phone, she's got a cannon!
  • [Peter puts on blindfold] He won't be able to see very well through that Cotton.
  • Ouchtown, population: you, bro!
  • Effin-a, Cotton. Effin-a.
  • Great shot by the submissive!


  • Oh, snap!
  • We're gonna get our taints handed to us!
  • They got guys named Laser, Blazer, Taser and all other kinds of 'asers'!
  • That guy's a dickhead.
  • We could sell blood and semen.
  • He'll probably fall off the rollercoaster and break every bone in his body. [Off the others looks] I'm just sayin'.. Happened to my cousin Ray-Ray. Boop, dead.

Steve the Pirate

  • Bollocks!
  • Gar, this sucks!
  • Steve's gotta go drain the sea monster.
  • I'm gonna send you to hell!
  • An' I'll be splitting my buried treasure with ya... when I find it, that be..
  • Arr, Steve the Pirate be in no man's debt! I'll make a barter with you, true as the north star!


[Patches has everyone lined up to explain the strategies of dodgeball]
Patches: If you're gonna learn to be true dodgeballers, then you've gotta learn the five D's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge! If you master the five D's, no amount of balls on earth can hit you. [Justin raises his hand] Queerbait, go ahead.
Justin: Um, me? Or...I--Um...shouldn't we learn by...y'know, like dodging balls that are thrown at us, or...?
Patches: That's what this sack of wrenches is for. [empties the sack] If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
Justin: What?
[Patches hurls a wrench in Justin's face, and he squeals in pain]
Patches: Any other questions?
Justin: [screams] Oh, my God! [still writhing in agony on the floor]

Cotton: It appears that Average Joe's is forfeiting the final match.
Pepper: That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.

[after watching Gordon throw a ball that missed a slowly moving target]
Patches: You couldn't hit water if you fell out of a boat! Where's your killer instinct, son? You gotta get angry! You gotta get MEAN! That's the only way you can play!
Gordon: Well, I guess I'm not really an angry person.
[Patches punches Gordon in the crotch and watches as he collapses]
Patches: Are you angry now?

Cotton: It appears that Peter La Fleur has blindfolded himself.
Pepper: Yeah, he will not be able to see very well, Cotton.

Peter: You want to join the cheerleaders to prove to a girl that you are not a loser?
Justin: Yeah, why?
Peter: Nothing. It's just... I guess high school's changed a lot since I was a kid.

Peter: Alliteration aside, I think I'll take my chances.
White Goodman: Yeah, you will take your chances.
Peter: I know. I just said that.
White Goodman: I know you "just said that".
Peter: I'm not sure where you're going with this.
White Goodman: I'm not sure where you're" going with this.
Peter: That's what I said.
White Goodman: That's what I'm saying to you.
Peter: Okay.
White Goodman: Touché.

[Average Joe's is overwhelmed by their opponent, leaving only Gordon to fight them off in the remaining half of the match]
Patches: You ain't gonna be able to beat em. They're too good and you suck something awful.
Gordon: Yes, sir, I sure do.

Kate: Don't worry about him, Justin, he's a jerk.
Dwight: Yeah, he'll probably fall off the rollercoaster and break every bone in his body.
Kate: Nice, Dwight.
Dwight:I'm just saying, it happens. My cousin Ray-Ray, boop. Dead.

[Peter is the only player in his team left to fight off the girl scouts in the regional qualifying match. Tired of the brats, he hurls the ball, knocking a scout to the ground]
Peter: I'm so sorry, are you okay?
Girl Scout: Why would you hit a girl? Why?!
Peter: I'm so sorry, really.
[another girl scout whacks Peter out with a ball]
Girl Scout: In your face! In your face!
Peter: You're adopted. Your parents don't even love you.

Peter: I think the lady asked you to leave.
White Goodman: This doesn't concern you, La Fleur.
Peter: Not nearly as much as your hair does, that's for sure.

White Goodman: This is it, La Loser!
Peter: Just don't go crying to mommy when I spank you in front of all these people.
White Goodman: And don't go crying to your daddy, after I wipe it up with your face!

Kate: Joyce? How'd you make it?
Joyce: I wouldn't miss this for the world!
Kate: You are so sweet. (kisses Joyce passionately)
Dwight: I told you she was a lesbian.
Peter: Wow, good call.
Kate: Hey! I'm not a lesbian.
Peter: You're not?
Kate: No. I'm bisexual. (kisses Peter)
Dwight: Oh, snap!

Announcer: During the ADAA-approved random drug screening, one of your players tested positive for three separate types of anabolic steroids, and a low-grade beaver tranquilizer. Therefore, Troop 417 is disqualified.
Girl Scout: God damn you, Bernice! [throws her cap at a large, well-built girl scout with a moustache and hairy arms]
Bernice: [begins crying in a deep voice]

Peter: Thank you, Chuck Norris!
Chuck Norris: Thank you Peter.


  • Grab life by the balls.
  • Go Balls Deep! (Banner on display in arena.)

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by Stuart Cornfeld
Ben Stiller
Written by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Jerzy Zielinski
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Running time 92
Country United States / Germany
Language English / German / Spanish
Budget $20 million
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a comedy movie from 2004, released by 20th Century Fox. It stars Ben Stiller, Rip Torn and Vince Vaughn.


A little-known gym, Average Joe's, tries not to go out of business by playing a game of dodgeball against a more expensive rival, Globo's Gym.

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