• Publication date: June 11, 2011

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Even Underachievers Can Make Dreams Come True

The film focuses on the story of ...

  • Publication date: June 11, 2011

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Even Underachievers Can Make Dreams Come True The film focuses on the story of two different people, Peter La Fleur and White Goodman. Peter is a man of many sorts: an underachiever, a procrastinator, and the owner/operator of Average Joe's Gymnasium, a decaying, rundown gym in a large city. Peter's employees and members consist of: Owen, a man who can't even find love; Dwight, a cocky Mr. Know-It-All; Gordon, a timid, semi-shy person and fan of obscure sports; Justin, a high school geek and Steve, a pirate looking for some treasure. White, a wealthy fitness guru, just happens to be the president/founder of the Globo Gym America Corporation and the owner/operator of the local Globo Gym, a humongous fitness center known to bring in the big bucks. White wants to close and tear down Average Joe's Gym to build a brand-new parking garage structure for the Globo Gym members. So, he hires Katherine Veach (Christine Taylor), an attorney from a local bank to foreclose the place, giving Peter 30 days to come up with the mortgage payment of $50,000 or Average Joe's is no more forever, leaving White to take over the gym. Peter, with the help of his friends, decides to become a dodge-ball team by playing in the American Dodgeball Association of America (ADAA) International Dodgeball Competition in Las Vegas for the grand prize of $50,000 to save their gym. Kate joins the team as well because she believes in Peter. But White is not fooled. He too and his new super buff-and-tough team, known as the "Purple Cobras" wants in on the action, for some extra dough. All the Average Joe's need is ex-veteran all-star Patches O' Houlihan (Rip Torn) to whip them into killing mode shape. Can the Average Joe's kill the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, win the $50,000, and save the gym in time? The film won BMI Film Music Award (Theodore Shapiro) in 2005; and MTV Movie Award for Best Villain (Ben Stiller); and it was nominated for ESPY Best Sports Movie in 2004; MTV Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance (Ben Stiller) and Best On-Screen Team Award; and Razzie Award for best actor in 2005. The film was largely a commercial success, grossing over US$30 million in its first week and eventually grossed more than US$114 million domestically, while its production budget was approximately US$20 million. This movie is rated PG-13 for rude and sexual humor, and language.