Monday 10 November 2008

Dodgeball: a true underdog story

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Year: 2004
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller

Although I had never been particularly keen on seeing this film at the cinema, I'd only read good reviews about it when it got released. So when it made it to Channel 4, I figured I'd give it the benefit of the doubt and see if it really was any good. My hopes weren't high, as I'm not normally one for Ben Stiller's over-the-top humour. Turns out I need not have worried, as Ben Stiller was the bad guy, and you were meant to hate his over-the-top view of the world.

The film focuses on a group of misfits who end up having to play dodge ball in order to keep their gym from making it into the hands of the bad guy. The story was, just like it sounds, standard Hollywood fare, and you knew the ending before the film began. Happily, the filmmakers knew this, and supplied enough tongue-in-cheek humour for it not to matter. The jokes were actually funny, and the two hours passed by merrily enough. All in all, a much more pleasant experience than I was expecting.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.