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28 Things We Learned From the ‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’ Commentary

Dodgeball A True Underdog Story
By  · Published on July 26th, 2012

Sometimes you just want to cover a classic, you know? The Frat Pack has been around making movies for about 16 years. That is if you count The Cable Guy, which you totally should. Films with comedians like Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, and Jack Black (to name only a few) have become go-to hits for people looking for movies that are simply story. There’s little drama to be found in these film and even less sincere conflict, but if they don’t split your side from all the nonstop laughter, you might need to check yourself for signs that you are a robot.

With that, we’re cracking into one of these bad boys, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story to be precise. In this commentary, we’ll hear Ben Stiller make jokey jokes every five minutes, Vince Vaughn will likely throw out sarcastic jabs and the occasional, goofy giggle, and writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber will hopefully be talking about the movie at hand. Regardless of their roles here, there’s little doubt this commentary track will bring us loads of laughs, so let’s get started shall we?

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Commentators: Ben Stiller (actor, producer), Vince Vaughn (actor), Rawson Marshall Thurber (writer, director), Fox’s apparent guidelines for mentioning only Fox movies

Best in Commentary

“By the way, Fox makes the funniest comedies out there, folks. Fox means quality.” -Ben Stiller

“I still don’t know what a moose knuckle means.” -Ben Stiller

“Is there anything in this movie that would make it not 1993?” -Vince Vaughn

Final Thoughts

Much of the Dodgeball commentary is devoted to the actors and director gushing over their cast and crew, not a new thing with commentaries but it’s on full throttle here. There’s still plenty of room for insight and anecdotes from the set. Much of the actual insight involves deleted scenes and changed scenes from early drafts of the script. Many of the deleted scenes Thurber brings up are included on this disc.

All in all, this is a good commentary, even with Vaughn cutting in on several different occasions to explain the drama built around the film’s conclusion. Still, all three commentators do a fine job bouncing between the different types of information they could be relaying here, much more interesting than 90 minutes of nonstop jokes or, God forbid, impressions.

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