• 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 ...

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.