Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

2004 UR 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

2004 UR 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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When megalomaniacal White Goodman, the owner of a trendy, high-end fitness center, makes a move to take over the struggling local gym run by happy-go-lucky Pete La Fleur, there's only one way for La Fleur to fight back: dodgeball.
Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel David Moore , Chris Williams, Alan Tudyk, Missi Pyle, Jamal Duff, Gary Cole, Jason Bateman, Hank Azaria
Rawson Marshall Thurber
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, Korean
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
UR - UR -
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is meant to be silly fun -- teens and parents who love Adam Sandler-style humor will enjoy it very much. Those who don't should avoid it. The movie has some very mature material for a PG-13 including explicit sexual humor with jokes about adultery, group sex, pornography, genital size, bondage, and homosexuality along with some very strong language including many double entendres featuring the word "balls." Characters drink frequently, including drinking to dull pain. The coach taunts the team by calling them "ladies." Numerous large-breasted women appear in close-ups, wearing very little.

Sexual Content

Raunchy sexuality plays a big part in the humor of this film: character "pumps up" groin area of his workout pants to accentuate size of his genitals and wears those pants throughout the movie; classic-style sculpture of men in a grotesque sexual pose is featured in one sequence; lots of large-breasted women are seen in scanty clothing. There are crotch jokes, electrodes attached to nipples, sloppy kisses, and one extended girl-girl kiss and embrace.


Continuous cartoon violence: pratfalls, characters being hit with steel wrenches, rubber balls (in the groin, face, head and every other conceivable area of the body). Characters dodge traffic, run into walls, and one primary character is "killed" when a massive chandelier falls and crushes him. Other than the chandelier debacle, none of the characters is shown to be in pain or seriously injured. All action is played in an exaggerated manner for comic effect.


Continuous broad, risque language from start to finish: multiple uses and expressions involving "sh-t," "ass," bitch," "hooker," "pecker-slap," "masturbate," "semen," "balls" (countless double entendres here), and "screwed." In addition, there are derogatory, inflammatory descriptions such as: "retards," "queers," "lesbian" and "ladies" used to insult a group of men. Such "colorful" ribald expressions as "Skidmarks on the underpants of┬┐, " and "Time to put your mouth where our balls are," are heard throughout.

Social Behavior

Fat, unattractive, and/or slow-witted people are the butt of numerous jokes and comic scenes. The only positive messages are that even the most unlikely people can achieve success if they try hard, think creatively, and are very lucky; and, that those with virtuous motives triumph over vain arrogance and greed.


Flooded with featured products and signage: Lumber Liquidators, FOX TV, Marriott Hotels, ESPN (a fake channel they call ESPN 8), Omaha Steaks, Sport Court, Mat Depot, Hallmark, the Las Vegas Monte Carlo Hotel.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Beer and other alcoholic beverages are consumed in numerous sequences, but never to the stage of drunkenness. There is one shot of an opium den. Some characters are shown using alchol to "drown their sorrows."

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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