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Movie Review - Dodgeball – A True Underdog Story (2004 - United States)

Updated on June 4, 2012

A perfect comedy, with an all star cast!

Dodgeball is pitch perfect comedy, and funny beyond words! Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn have a wonderful time with the appropriately slender storyline, each working at top form and in nearly opposite comedic universes. The two styles of slapstick -- Stiller's in-your-face high emotion and Vaughn's deadpan detachment -- compliment rather than cancel each other, and the (many) pratfalls are all lovingly choreographed in the classic Vaudeville manner (meaning that while no doubt many stunt doubles and many cuts were used, that isn’t evident and it all looks seamless and utterly convincing).

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The opposing team:

Rip Torn does a turn as the beyond-washed up dodgeball coach who saves the day, and Hank Azaria plays the character as a younger man – both are worth watching carefully for they, as well, work in very different (yet here complimentary) comedic styles. Torn populates the same over-the-top comedic universe as does Stiller, while Azaria plays it slow and sad, a hang-dog clown who matches Vaughn sigh for sigh.

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Personally, I feel that The Great Age of Film Drama has passed. The Great Age of Film Comedy, however, is alive and very well indeed!

Highly recommended.

Copyright Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at

Genre: Comedy

Rated: PG-13 – See Full Rating

Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min.

In Theaters: Jun 18, 2004

On DVD: Dec 7, 2004

Box Office:$114.2M

Distributor:20th Century Fox

Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Written By: Rawson Marshall Thurber


Ben Stiller - White Goodman

Vince Vaughn - Peter LaFleur

Christine Taylor - Kate Veach

Justin Long - Justin

Stephen Root - Gordon

Joel Moore - Owen

Rip Torn - Patches O'Houlihan

Alan Tudyk - Steve the Pirate

Missi Pyle - Fran

Jamal Duff - Me'Shell Jones

Gary Cole - Cotton McKnight

Jason Bateman - Pepper Brooks

Hank Azaria - Young Patches O'Houlihan

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.


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      DIYmyOmy 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      What is your favorite film comedy?