Two rival gym owners enter a dodgeball
tournament in which the winner gets $50,000.
Dodgeball: A True
Dodgeball is a hilarious sports comedy about the joys of laziness and the douchiness of fitness gurus. The film sports an all-star cast of comedians, including Ben Stiller in one of his best performances, and is loaded with an endless grab bag of quotable one-liners. It stands out among the barrage of forgettable mid-2000's comedies and remains one of my favorites.
Any movie revolving around the elementary school sport of dodgeball is going to be worthy of a few laughs, but this film uses its smartly written characters and simple plot to really make it memorable. Ben Stiller's character of White Goodman is the ultimate gym douche, complete with fitness entourage and inflatable crotch. His back-and-forth with Vince Vaughn is the best part of the film, as are the hilarious dodgeball matches narrated by ace sportscasters Cotton McKnight (Gary Cole) and Pepper Brooks (Jason Bateman).
I also enjoy the random celebrity cameos by William Shatner, Lance Armstrong, and most notably Chuck Norris. While they do make the film feel a little dated, they still bring a smile to my face every time I watch Dodgeball. It's one of the most entertaining comedies of the mid-2000's and a must-see for lovers of sports comedies. It's been in my collection for years and I still love watching it.