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A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel David Moore, Chris Williams, Alan Tudyk, Missi Pyle, Jamal E Duff, Gary Cole, Jason Bateman, Hank Azaria, Al Kaplon, Lance Armstrong, Chuck Norris, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Julie Gonzalo, Trever O'Brien, Cayden Boyd, Rusty Joiner, Kevin Porter, Brandon Molale, Suzy Nakamura, L B Denberg, Julia Ensign, David Boyd, Bowd J Beal, Curtis Armstrong, Tate Chalk, Jordyn Colemon, Hayley Rosales, Bix Barnaba, Earl Schuman, Robert "Duckie" Carpenter, Tony Daly, Amy Stiller, Jim Cody Williams, John Kesler, Doug Grimes, Scarlett Chorvat, Matt Levin, Rawson Thurber, Sik End, Stephen B Turner, Tim Soergel, Andy Chanley
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
USA & UK: 92 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language
UK Certificate: 12A contains strong language and moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 18 June 2004
UK Release Date: 27 August 2004
Remember your childhood fears - perhaps born on your local playgrounds- of a red rubber ball hurtling towards your head? Or the sweet taste of revenge when you threw it right back at the class bully? Well, get ready to once again dodge, duck, dip and dive...dodgeball is back, and this time it's not just for the schoolyard.
Dodgeball is becoming a cultural phenomenon. Adult dodgeball leagues are springing up in major cities, Vanity Fair called the game the "It Sport," and The New York Times and Fortune recently heralded the sport's re-emergence.
So the time is ripe for a poignant motion picture that brings dignity and respect to the world of competitive dodgeball. A tale in the tradition of great films about legendary sports heroes. An emotionally stirring look at the thrills of victory and the heartbreaks of defeat.
We'll let you know when that movie is made.
In the meantime, we have DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY, a film that grabs life by the ball. The story's protagonist, Peter 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.
DVD Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Widescreen 16x9)
DVD Sound Quality: 5.1 Dolby
DVD Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
Extended Uncut Feature
Feature Audio Commentary by Director Thurber & Actors Stiller and Vaughn
Ten Deleted/Extended Scenes
Alternate Ending (with optional commentary by writer/director Thurber)
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