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Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryIn one classic Simpsons, Homer judges the Springfield film festival, where he is enamored with a pointless short of a football striking an old...Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryComedyPT96MPG-13In one classic Simpsons, Homer judges the Springfield film festival, where he is enamored with a pointless short of a football striking an old...2004-12-07Jason BatemanBrooke BurkeJustin LongChristine TaylorRip TornJason Bateman, Brooke Burke, Justin Long, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Ben Stiller, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

(Dodgeball: Tracy Bennett)

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Brooke Burke, Justin Long, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn; Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber; Author: Rawson Marshall Thurber; Release Date Wide: 06/18/2004; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

In one classic Simpsons, Homer judges the Springfield film festival, where he is enamored with a pointless short of a football striking an old man in the groin. For the Homers of the world, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is the Citizen Kane of football-in-groin movies. While Vaughn jokes in the commentary that the film’s actually a ”period piece that really hasn’t gotten its due,” director Rawson Marshall Thurber admits the obvious: ”Other people’s pain is funny.” Cameos by William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Chuck Norris, and Lance Armstrong only add to the movie’s shameful schadenfreude. By the end of the movie, just the unmistakable sound of a bouncing rubber dodgeball is comic gold.

EXTRAS Two commentaries, deleted scenes, and hidden extras are a treat, but Justin Long’s (Ed) collection of clips, paeans to the sport’s themes of ”violence, exclusion, and degradation,” will best satisfy your inner Homer.

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