YAAARR so you want to play some Dodgeball, eh? That will make sense after you watch Dodgeball, trust me. Because there is a pirate in it.
The good guys
This PG-13 comedy movie is about Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) needing to raise some quick cash to keep his gym from falling into the hands of the movies’ villain, White Goodman (Ben Stiller). So, what’s the best way to raise 50 grand quick? The answer is obvious: competitive dodgeball. If you failed to come to this conclusion, you could be forgiven- as long as you didn’t know the title of this movie. How does the evil, conniving Goodman respond? By creating his own crack-team of dodgeballers to beat LaFleur and win the gym.
The problem is, Peter LaFleur and his gym crew of Dwight (Chris Williams), Owen (Joel David Moore) and his best gym members Steve the Pirate (Alan Tudyk, the pirate I mentioned), Justin (Justin Long) and Gordon (Stephen Root), have never played dodgeball competitively before. Only one man can whip this team of misfits into shape- the legend, the name, the man- Patche O’Houlihan (Rip Thorn), who is the God of dodgeball in the 1950s, a man who is said to have once killed a full grown blue whale with a single throw of a ball. But will Patches still have what it takes after so long, or will he be unable to bring them together as a team? Will his unconventional training style turn them into a force to be reckoned with or kill them trying?
Of course, what would a movie be without a love interest? The two gym owners, LaFleur and White, compete not only for the glory of the dodgeball and the gyms, but also for the heart of the beautiful Kate Veatch (played by Christine Taylor), an attorney for Globo-gym.
…and the not so good guys
Peter LaFleur is the type of average joe you can really get behind and support in a movie, and Ben Stiller plays the sleazy villain White Goodman perfectly- a villain you can really hate and detest. This comedy is one of those films that you can watch over and over and still laugh. A nice easy addition to my list of comedies for a movie that is easy and fun without getting too serious. If you haven’t seen Dodgeball, well, you are missing out!