Dodgeball: Tracy Bennett
Jeff Labrecque
December 07, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/18/04
performer
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Brooke Burke, Justin Long, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn
director
Rawson Marshall Thurber
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Rawson Marshall Thurber
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

In one classic Simpsons, Homer judges the Springfield film festival, where he is enamored with a pointless short of a football striking an old man in the groin. For the Homers of the world, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is the Citizen Kane of football-in-groin movies. While Vaughn jokes in the commentary that the film’s actually a ”period piece that really hasn’t gotten its due,” director Rawson Marshall Thurber admits the obvious: ”Other people’s pain is funny.” Cameos by William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Chuck Norris, and Lance Armstrong only add to the movie’s shameful schadenfreude. By the end of the movie, just the unmistakable sound of a bouncing rubber dodgeball is comic gold.

EXTRAS Two commentaries, deleted scenes, and hidden extras are a treat, but Justin Long’s (Ed) collection of clips, paeans to the sport’s themes of ”violence, exclusion, and degradation,” will best satisfy your inner Homer.

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