Remember dodgeball? That daft game you used to play in PE when you had to
wear those embarrassing PE Knickers and dodge about like a wobbly jelly
trying not to get walloped by the biggest person in the class, and you had
to wear those embarrassing PE Knickers, and it was the game they let the
most uncoordinated people play, because even *they* couldn’t do too much
damage with the large, soft balls, and you had to wear those embarrassing PE
Knickers, and you were so proud if you forced a hapless opponent into the
‘river' in the middle, or caught them from behind, and you *still* had to
wear those embarrassing PE Knickers? No? Just my personal trauma, then? Ah.
Still, rainy PE days aside, dodgeball is still about as sexy as road kill,
and sometimes just as painful. However, that’s just in the amateur leagues.
These guys are the *professionals*.
A small, local gym is under threat from closure unless they can cough up
$50,000 to pay off the large, corporate gym that wants to take them over.
Well, when the bad guys have a catch-phrase of “we’re better than you- and
we know it!” it’s not going to be easy to take heart against such a sea of
troubles. Enter the chance to play a game that even these bunch of no-hopers
can get decent at, and perhaps the craziest trainer since- well, just
*since*. With romantic distractions, scary mono-brow female athletes and the
super-charged ego (and super-pumped codpiece) of the diminutive corporate
gym leader to deal with, not to mention the heady excitement of the big
competition in Las Vegas.
This film does for grey afternoons in the sports hall what ‘Blackball’ did
for lazy afternoons on the bowling lawns; fun, sexy and smart with enough of
an edge to keep you entertained and snickering. Yes, this is a ‘snicker’
film. Possibly the odd ‘giggle’, but with Ben Stiller on board, you know it’
s going to have an edge of steel under the laughs; illuminating the daftness
of high corporate sport and the fact that most of us never believe we’ll get
a chance, or even know what we’d do if we got it. Perhaps this film might
make you feel happy to believe in the best once more…
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