Dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion, and degradation
Ah, stupid humor. How can you not laugh at a scene involving grown men losing a game of dodgeball to Girl Scouts or training by (unsuccessfully) dodging wrenches? Not to mention the quotes… oh the quotes. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn have great comedic timing and delivery, and this movie really gave them some fun dialogue to play with:
White Goodman (Stiller): Go ahead, make your jokes, Mr. Jokey… Joke-maker. But let me hit you with some knowledge. Quit now. Save yourself the embarrassment of losing with these losers in Las Vegas, La Fleur.
Peter La Fleur (Vaughn): Alliteration aside, I’ll take my chances in the tournament.
White Goodman: Yeah, you will take your chances.
Peter La Fleur: I know. I just said that.
White Goodman: I know you did.
Peter La Fleur: I’m not sure where you’re going with this.
White Goodman: I’m not sure where you’re going with this.
Peter La Fleur: That’s what I said.
White Goodman: That’s what I’m saying to you.
Peter La Fleur: All right.
White Goodman: Touché.
It’s like that throughout the movie. Stiller just continually makes an ass of himself, and Vaughn plays his typical cool and calm persona I’m not going to lie, I enjoy me some silly jokes from time to time. And these are the kinds of movies we need to offset all the serious ones. Sometimes you just want to be entertained. And sometimes that entertainment needs to focus on men getting hit in their privates. I’m just saying…
Oh yeah, Lance Armstrong’s cameo was one of the funniest exchanges I’ve ever seen.