Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

20th Century Fox Released 2004




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Rawson Marshall Thurber

Peter LaFleur owns the Average Joe's gym and has been struggling financially as of late. His gym members are a misfit cast of characters including a scrawny high school kid Justin, quirky middle aged Gordon, and Steve who thinks he is a pirate. Average Joe's financial woes are pumped up when owner of Globo-Gym, White Goodman plans to buy Average Joe's and shut it down. In order to raise money to buy back the gym, Peter enters his team into a dodgeball tournament. Once White gets wind of this plan, he too decides to enter his gym into the tournament to stop him. An eccentric, elderly man named Patches (Rip Torn) ends up coaching the Average Joe's into the finals of the dodgeball tournament in which they are set to face off against White and his Globo-Gym team in a winner-take-all showdown.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Gleefully commingles slapstick and scatology, satire and sentiment, in a free-wheeling farce aimed at making auds laugh until they're thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Nobody eviscerates the scary depths of male narcissism with such ferocity, and it is a huge relief to find Mr. Stiller flexing his oiled, low-comedy triceps with such vengeful glee.

  • 10

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Mean-spirited vulgarity and homosexual panic.

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    • Production Budget -$20,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $114,326,736 (19th)
      Worldwide Gross - $167,722,310 (34th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $150,226,436
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $220,388,736

    • Other production companies:
      Mediastream Vierte Film GmbH & Co. Vermarktungs KG
      Red Hour Films

    • Filming locations:
      Long Beach, California
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Cabrillo High School, Long Beach, California
      Las Vegas, Nevada
      Los Angeles, California
      Ronnie's Automotive Service, Altadena, California
      Rudy's Hand Car Wash, Altadena, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Grab life by the ball.
      2. A true underdog story.
      3. Grab Life by the Balls.

    • Music:
      Globo Gym Infomercial
      Written by Kenneth Burgomaster
      Legal Eagle
      Written by Will Schaefer
      Written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo
      Performed by Kelis
      Truck Wash
      Written by Christopher Ward
      Take It Off
      Written by Maya Ford, Allison Robertson, Brett Anderson and Torry Castellano
      Performed by The Donnas
      Help Me (She's Out of Her Mind)
      Written by Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and Stuart Cable
      Performed by Stereophonics
      Lady in Red
      Written and Performed by Chris De Burgh
      Ezee Does It
      Written by Beast & Tazman
      We Will Rock You
      Written by Brian May
      Written by Grahame Maclean and Barry Ryder
      Written and Performed by Claude McLin
      Training Montage Mix
      Produced by Mike Fitzpatrick
      Le Fie 'd Carmagnola
      Written by Danpa and Sergio Ferraresi
      Written by Jerry Lorden
      Performed by Sugarhill Gang
      Heroes Never Die
      Written by Anthony Goddard and Ron Komle
      Sports c Theme 1
      Written by Tammy Cardon, Arden Hofheins and Randall C. Thornton
      Never Say Never
      Written by Benjamin Bossi, Larry Carter, Debora Iyall, Peter Woods and Frank Zincavage
      Performed by Romeo Void
      Written by Mich Hansen, Joseph Belmaati and Remee
      Performed by Jamelia
      Mr. Roboto
      Written by Dennis DeYoung
      Dunkie Butt
      Written by Isiah Pinkney, Robert F. Gordon, John Starks, Fred Wesley and James Brown
      Performed by 12 Gauge
      Donkey Competition Mix
      Mixed by Dowd Beal
      Face Off
      Written and Performed by Tom Morello
      Red Rubber Ball
      Written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley
      Performed by Eggchair
      Different Drum
      Written by Michael Nesmith
      Performed by Me First and The Gimme Gimmes
      Still in Me
      Written by Adam McGuern, Christian Hand, Jeff Johnson and Jason Veirs
      Performed by The Bleacher Heroes


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Comedy, Sports