Rawson Marshall Thurber directs Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor in this sports comedy spoof where two competing gyms enter an international DodgeBall tournament.
“Holy hell, son, you’re about as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop!” Creaking with jokes and silly characters. Some are killer (Steve the Pirate, Christine Taylor’s unicorn filled home, Jason Bateman’s off-his-nut commentator), some are grinding (Stiller makes for a truly hissable villain but the scenes where he is given too much rope are exhausting). I really rate Vince Vaughn here – he finds his own schlubby yellow sticker Chevy Chase space among all the zaniness – carves out a sizeable chunk of the movie to himself just by underplaying. It is sizzlingly colourful, and the competition stuff is surprisingly pretty gripping. There are an overload of cameos – Chuck Norris, William Shatner, Lance Armstrong AND Hank Azaria all get one scene walk-ons. This isn’t a project that has ever heard the phrase less is more. Imperfect but very rewatchable.
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