Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

There are many reasons why I love going to the movies. First, I want to loose myself for two hours. The pure entertainment value of a great movie can transfer my brain into a different time period, person, ect. Second, I want to get inspired. If a movie isn't inspiring, mind as well stay home and watch MTV. I also want to be educated. Moviemakers are given a two-hour period to explain their story. I feel there has to be some sort of education value attached to the story. And finally, I want to laugh my ass off. I consider a movie to be great if one are all of these situations are met.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story fits the laugh my ass off criteria. The comic genies Ben Stiller does it again. You can easily mistake his character for a can of cheese whiz. In my mind, there just aren't enough cheesy characters on the silver screen. Ben resorts to pumping his crotch with air for that bigger look to wearing spandex in just about every scene to pull of the cheese. This movie isn't going to change you life nor inspire you to write a 400-page thesis on nuclear fusions. But you will laugh.

The thesis of the movie is like this. A small local gym (Average Joe's Gym) is threatened with extinction by a gleaming sports and fitness palace unless a group of social rejects can rise to victory in the ultimate dodgeball competition. The idea of David verse Goliath is nothing new. This movie isn't ground breaking. It's just a funny movie. Funny is a great thing. (Howard Van Lam)
Rating: Check It Out!!!