• OVERALL
    3.0
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE FEATURE
It's time to put your mouth where our balls are

OK, Vince. I hear ya. You want me to talk about this little comic dropping on the vast holiday trail of DVDs.

Well, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller bring us a little comic break this pre-holiday season, with Dodgeball, a slightly over-the-top romp in the fashion of much of Stiller's comic past.

In the film, Vaughn plays Peter La Felur, the owner of a small local gym that is in dire financial straits. His antagonist, White Goodman (Stiller) owns a thriving chain of gyms and is a self-absorbed fitness maniac that is hell-bent on destroying La Fleur and turning his local gym into a parking structure.

Setting up the conflict, La Fleur must come up with $50,000 in short-order to save his facility. Of course, the only way that he and is merry band of misfits can come up with to raise the money is to win a dodgball tournament. Never one to be bested by (much taller) rival, Goodman enters his team of world-class athletes in the tournament to foil La Fleur's chances.

Comic fun ensues, when La Fleur's team learns to play dodgeball, trained by a former world champion. When they "luck" themselves into the tournament by being on the other side of a girl-scout team that beat them but was disqualified for steroid use, they must now stand-up against real dodgeball teams to win.

I've seen a lot of things... I've even witnessed a grown man satisfy a camel. But, it never ceases to amaze me when deep underdogs can pull some miraculous victory out to save their future. Oh... it's a movie? You want me to suspend my disbelief? Well... Cram it up your cram-hole!

Yeah, the film is decent entertainment. It is a bit over-the-top, but if you're watching it - chances are - that's what you signed up for. So... Listen up crotch-stain... Check it out late on a Friday night (probably plied by a six-pack) and you'll have a few laughs.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary

with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Rawson Marshall Thurber (writer/director)

I didn't listen to much of the commentary, but you can tell from only about the first 30 minutes, that you're in for a fair dose of little jabs and depreciating humor while the trio discuss the film and the development. Not really sure it's worth sitting the full running-time for, though.

Deleted and Extended Scenes

As you'd expect, the deleted and extended scenes do contain a bit of comic fun, but overall, are just scenes that you can do without. The director was right to edit them out.

Alternate Ending

This is a pretty pointless alternate wrap-up. It is not as satisfying, given the tone and direction of the story. The ending on the film is the right ending. Watch this if you want, but you won't miss anything if you don't.

Featurettes

This little bunch of "behind-the-scenes" bits are decent and reasonably entertaining. As you'd expect, they don't take themselves too seriously. The full list is:

Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball

The Anatomy of a Hit

Justin Long: A Study in Ham & Cheese

Dodgeball: Go for the Gold

Bloopers / Gag Reel

Yeah, I do want to see bloopers and gag reel stuff on a comedy disc. BUT, I want to see a really good one... the kind that makes be laugh until I cry. Know what I mean? As it goes, this is a pretty "middling" blooper/gag feature. Yeah... some funny stuff. Well, not really funny as much as humerous.

Trailers

Um... Didn't watch them. I don't need to see the same stuff that I've seen a thousand times on TV and in the theaters and am now seeing hi-lites of promoting the DVD. I also don't need to see any previews of any other films when I'm on my time. If I want to watch trailers, I"ll head to MovieWeb and watch them "on demand". Thanks, but no thanks.

DVD-ROM Screenplay

I didn't check this out. There are 2 things wrong with this, as far as I'm concerned: i) Don't put anything on a DVD that I must take to my PC. Here's a clue... I'm on my couch or on my bed. I'm watching a movie. I'm relaxed, reclined. DAMMIT! I'm not going to get up and put this thing in my PC. You're wasting your time! Now, I know some of you would check it out on the PC and I"m not the only one to consider. If you do put it in your PC, check it out. Let us know what you think.
THE VIDEO
In progressive scan (output from the new DVDR600VR that Philips sent us to check out), the image clarity is fabulous. Progressive scan on a HD LCD is outstanding. As usual, the HD LCD set drops a very clear, crisp image. It really is hard to get a "bad" DVD these days.
THE AUDIO
On the Philips 23" HD LCD, I didn't run with the 5.1 up, but just through the set's standard speakers. In sim-surround, the picture sounded just fine. The unit has better than average speakers, though, so... In the end, this is not a film that begs for you to let your system out to run.
THE FINAL WORD
Decent entertainment and good fun. Buy it, and Go Balls Deep, if you're a fan of Stiller's less intelligent comedy or if you just need something on your shelf that really doesn't take itself very seriously.

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Comments (1)

  1. ed_wood

    Funny, its just flat out funny.

    6 years agoby @ed-woodFlag