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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) Poster

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According to many cast members, the hardest part of filming the dodgeball scenes was not flinching when they knew they were about to be hit by a ball.
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Justin Long's eyebrow was actually cut open by the first wrench thrown at him. All the wrenches thrown were made of rubber, but the first was harder than all of the others.
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Ben Stiller broke three cameras in succession filming one scene, and even hit his wife Christine Taylor in the face once.
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Many studios, including DreamWorks Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, passed on this movie. 20th Century Fox finally agreed when Ben Stiller reduced his salary to well under $1 million. As of March 2005, the movie has grossed over $124 million, when it only cost $23 million to make.
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The unrated DVD contains a fake commentary where Ben Stiller and two main actors do nothing but fight, as well as claim to hate each other, before storming out forty minutes in. The commentary is then replaced with the commentary for There's Something About Mary (1998). The real commentary is on the DVD as an Easter egg.
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Adult dodgeball leagues began to spring up across the country around the time of the movie's release. Cast member Gary Cole was even invited to a tournament in Chicago, Illinois.
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EASTER EGG: On the Special Features section on the DVD, if you click on the Globo Gym logo at the bottom, you will see a short video with White Goodman talking about Easter eggs on the DVD. He tells you that if you press enter every time he snaps his fingers you will see an Easter egg. These "Easter Eggs" are deleted scenes not included with those in the Special Features. There are four White Goodman finger snaps in the movie. The first comes as he gets into the tanning bed, the next when he sends the lawyer out of his office, when motioning his team to leave the pub, the next as he motions for Me'Shell Jones to pick him up from Kate Veatch's porch, and the last, when he motions Me'Shell to give him the contract for Peter to sign at the hotel room in Vegas.
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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor had an eighteen-month-old baby at home while shooting this movie. Taylor was so exhausted from taking care of the baby that she often dozed off in between takes.
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When the Average Joes are in the locker room waiting for their teammates before the final match, all the players are wearing pants except Kate Veatch (Christine Taylor), who is wearing shorts. Listening to the DVD commentary, this can be heard that she had pants but refused to wear them, because she thought they were too ugly and unflattering.
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Gary Cole and Jason Bateman had to keep redoing their voice recordings for the dodgeball matches, because everyone kept changing stuff in the screenplay during the shoots.
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According to the director's commentary on the DVD, Rawson Marshall Thurber wrote the roles of Peter La Fleur, White Goodman, and Justin with Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Justin Long respectively in mind. The latter was chosen because of his role in Galaxy Quest (1999).
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The movie refers to the fictional ESPN 8 "The Ocho", as a means to lampoon the channel's multiple outlets. "The Ocho" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a nickname formerly used by ESPN2, "The Deuce".
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At the movie's ending when White Goodman commits a foot foul, his diatribe about being out here and working his butt off and the referee making a poor call like the one he made is meant to mock the similar diatribe made by Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open when he said, "I'm out here at thirty-nine-years-old working my butt off, and you make a call like that?!"
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Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) says "It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to hump a doorknob." This is a reference to "It's like watching a monkey trying to hump a football", which was what 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks said to his team when they were preparing for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York.
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The entire cast practiced playing dodgeball about a month before filming began.
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Despite the mention of other apparently female-based teams in the Dodgeball Tournament (The M.I.L.F.s and the She-Mullets), Kate and Fran are the only females actually seen competing.
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The original title of this movie was simply "Underdog".
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In the United States, the movie is promoted with the tagline "Grab life by the ball". In foreign markets such as the United Kingdom and Australia, this is changed to the more risqué "Grab life by the balls".
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Patton Oswalt did the Foley work (voice) for the scene where Ben Stiller is having his "'private time' ...with sour cream on top..." He also voiced the video store clerk calling about the three overdue videos at the movie's beginning.
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When Troop 417 first appears, the music heard is the old theme music for WWE wrestlers Michael Lockwood (Crash Holly), Bob Howard (Hardcore Holly), and Nora Greenwald (Molly Holly).
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Ken Marino auditioned for the role of Steve the Pirate. For the audition, he dressed in full pirate costume.
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Norm MacDonald can be seen in some of the Globo Gym scenes; one is in the Globo Gym commercial, where he is in the background working out. At one point, he is talking to some girl who is working out, and this looks like he is hitting on her.
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Another Easter egg/finger snap is after the scene in White Goodman's office where he asks out Kate Beatch. He snaps for Me'shell Jones. When you press enter, this cuts to a clip of the dodgeball game and then a fat Ben Stiller says, "You found it."
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In August 2017, ESPNU changed its name to ESPN8 "The Ocho", and they actually show obscure sporting events, including Dodgeball Tournaments.
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According to the Globo Gym commercial at the movie's beginning, the story supposedly takes place in 1993. When White says he is not only the founder of Globo Gym, but he is also a client, a picture of White is then shown with White's name and the year 1987. While White continues to narrate the commercial, he says, "This was me, six years and six hundred pounds pounds ago..."
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One of Dame Helen Mirren's favorite movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
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Then-unknown future WWE diva and GoDaddy girl Candice Michelle appears as one of the dodgeball cheerleaders.
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Before the final match, the crowd cheers "let them play" while the tournament committee decides if the match will go on. This is a tribute to the the scene in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977), where the Astrodome crowd shouts the same cheer to let the teams keep playing.
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The team names of Average Joe's Gym (Average Joe's) and Globo Gym (Purple Cobras) are similar to the names of the protagonists and antagonists (the G.I. Joe team and Cobra Command) in the Hasbro toyline G.I. Joe.
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Patches O'Houlihan's (Rip Torn) jacket features unit patches for several U.S. Army units, some of which are: I Corps, 16th Military Police Brigade (missing Airborne tab), 75th Infantry Division, 103rd Infantry Division, and U.S. Army Special Forces (missing Airborne tab; patch is also sewn on upside down).
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In the locker room scene before the first dodgeball match, there is an announcer voice that talks much through the scene. As everyone is warming up before play, the announcer says: "A reminder, all players must be vaccinated for cholera, syphilis and shingles before play begins. Again, dyslexic players will not be allowed on the court. Team Blitzkrieg, to the tournament floor for a first round match. Only ADAA balls will be used. Personal balls of any kind are strictly prohibited."
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White Goodman (Ben Stiller) says that nobody makes him bleed his own blood, an homage to Nelson Muntz saying, "You made me bleed my own blood" on The Simpsons (1989) (episode "Bart the General").
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There is another finger snap by Ben Stiller as the Cobras leave the Dirty Sanchez.
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Jason Bateman (Pepper Brooks) and Gary Cole (Cotton McKnight) also worked together on Arrested Development (2003) (episode "Exit Strategy").
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Christine Taylor and Gary Cole appeared together in two Brady Bunch movies as Marcia and Mike Brady.
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Al Kaplon, who played the tournament referee, was the referee for American Gladiators (2008).
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In the scene where Peter walks into his hotel room and White and Me'Shell are there waiting for him, White says, "¿Donde está la biblioteca?" In translation, it means "Where is the library?" (in Spanish).
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Ken Marino auditioned for the role of Roman Bridger.
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Justin Long and Missi Pyle previously appeared in Galaxy Quest (1999).
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The name of the bar, where the confrontation between White Goodman's team and Average Joe's team occurs, is "The Dirty Sanchez", which refers to a disgusting, deviant sexual practice.
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Ben Stiller played a similar role as a fitness fanatic in Heavyweights (1995).
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Brigitte Nielsen was briefly considered for the role of Fran.
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The song that was playing during the introduction of the first team that the Average Joe's plays (The Girl Scouts) is the same song that is played during the introduction of the last match (when they play Globo Gym).
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Alan Tudyk had come onto this movie following the cancellation of his television series Firefly (2002), in which he starred as pilot Hoban "Wash" Washburne. The series was about pirates living and working in outer space, trying to make a living. In this movie, his character Steve thinks he's a pirate.
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Jason Bateman, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller and Alan Tudyk all appeared in the television series Arrested Development (2003- ).
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In a scene together, Ben Stiller's character comments on Christine Taylor's "see her lovely bone structure". In their first movie together, Zoolander, Ben's character makes a similar comment to "show her bone structure".
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In the regional qualifying match scene when Peter walks into the gym, he can be seen exhaling cigarette smoke.
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White Goodman (Ben Stiller) uses an Apple Macbook laptop. In the mid-2000s, Justin Long (Justin) appeared in the "I'm a Mac" commercials for Apple.
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Stephen Root and Gary Cole starred together on Office Space(1999).
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Through the course of this movie, Kate Veatch's (Christine Taylor) clothes get lighter and lighter. In her first scene, she wears a white button shirt with black lines, a black jacket, a grey skirt, has her hair up, and wears heels. In her next scene, she wears a pinkish gray button shirt with ruffles on her sleeves, a long tight black skirt, and wears flats. In her third scene, she wears a pink button shirt, and black pants. In her next scene, she wears a pink shirt with no collar, and black pants. In her fifth scene, she wears sweat pants, and a sloppy t-shirt.
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Assuming that the car wash is intended to be in the same area as Average Joe's and Globo Gym, the two gyms are located in Altadena, California. However, this is not the case. The car washes were filmed in Altadena, but Average Joe's was filmed in downtown Los Angeles at a location 14.2 miles (22.7 kilometers) away.
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In the Dodgeball training video, the main kid says two times, "Jeepers!". This video was brought to the team by Justin Long, who starred in Jeepers Creepers (2001).
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The Cobra Kai from The Karate Kid (1984) is considered a possible strong influence behind White Goodman's team, the Cobras.
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Rip Torn (Patches O'Houlihan) played a character who talks and dresses like a pirate in Summer Rental (1985).
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Kate Veatch's (Christine Taylor) house was filmed almost directly across the street from Gary's (Lawrence Monoson) house in The Last American Virgin (1982).
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On April 22, 2013, 20th Century Fox announced that a sequel to this movie was developing, with Clay Tarver writing the screenplay and Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller returning to star. However, Stiller has since stated that he was not aware that a sequel was happening.
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The scene where they filmed the Dirty Sanchez (which is actually called the Garage Motor Club) is located only about two miles from a filming location in Private School (1983), where the Rolls-Royce ended up in the pool.
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Cayden Boyd and Julie Gonzalo previously appeared in Freaky Friday (2003).
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Cameo 

Chuck Norris: Deciding member of the tournament committee.
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Director Cameo 

Rawson Marshall Thurber: The guy who throws the drink at Steve the Pirate on the Vegas strip.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The words "Deus Ex Machina" are printed on the side of the treasure chest at the movie's ending. "Deus Ex Machina" is a Latin phrase meaning "god from the machine", and is derived from a plot device in ancient Greek drama by which a "god" was lowered to the stage by a crane ("machine") to solve a problem which the human characters could not. It's used to describe an improbable event bringing a solution to a seemingly impossible problem. The "deus ex machina" in this film takes place when Peter bets on Average Joe's to win the final tournament by using the bribe money White paid him, then using his winnings from the bet to buy the majority stocks of Globo Gym, thereby becoming the owner of both Average Joe's and Globo Gym.
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At the movie's ending, ESPN 8 announcer Cotton McKnight says, "Do you believe in unlikelihoods? Yes!" This comment is a play on the famous exclamation by Al Michaels, when the United States beat Russia in hockey at the 1980 Olympics, saying, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
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The DVD contains an alternate ending where Average Joe's team loses the final match, and the movie goes to the credits as the announcer exclaims that they are going home with absolutely nothing. This was apparently sacked after test audiences were unhappy with it.
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David Hasselhoff's brief cameo as the German team coach is a reference to Hasselhoff's status as a million-selling pop star in Germany. His character throws down a framed promo photo of himself from Baywatch (1989).
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Missi Pyle (Fran) can be seen in a long shot, without make-up during the Average Joe's commercial at the movie's ending.
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At the movie's ending, during Peter LaFleur's (Vince Vaughn) commercial, Amber (Julie Gonzalo) and Justin (Justin Long) are seen as a couple expecting a baby.
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In the climactic scene of the final Dodgeball match, TV announcer Cotton McKnight uses the term "Down goes Goodman! Down goes Goodman!" This is a reference to Howard Cosell's famous call from the Heavyweight 1973 championship fight between George Foreman and Joe Frazier, in which he shouted, "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!"
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After the credits, when the morbidly obese White Goodman does a little dance to Kelis' "Milkshake" song, it is a reference to a viral video clip that circulated on the Internet, where an extremely large black woman does the same dance.
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In the scene where Me'Shell walks in on White shoving pizza down his pants, White's "G" pendant on his necklace becomes unhooked and dangles mysteriously from his shirt and is clearly not on the chain anymore.
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At the end of the film, the treasure chest with Peter's (Vince Vaughn) gambling winnings.is inscribed with the term "Deus Ex Machina". This refers to the plot device where a seemingly unsolvable problem is remarkably and abruptly resolved in a story.
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