This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 15:
15) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (4 votes, 155 points)
I’m being told that Average Joe’s does not have enough players and will be forfeiting the championship match!
It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ’em.
Chris: Look, let’s be honest: the premise is silly, the villain is what I would call aggressively stupid, and the protagonist isn’t all that likable. Hell, I don’t even like the ending that much (everything works out in 45 seconds! That guy gets the girl! That guy gets both girls because tee hee, she’s bisexual! The gym is saved because of public stock and betting against your own team! And so on). But this is still one of my favorite movies because damn near every scene has something extremely quotable in it.
A lot of this works because the folks on the dodgeball team are so much fun. Alan Tudyk sure is committed to being a pirate, isn’t he? Justin Long fits right in as the out-of-his league underdog, doesn’t he? And it’s no surprise that Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn and Christine Taylor play off each other so well.
I also enjoy the cameos quite a bit. William Shatner seems amused just to be there, Chuck Norris seems amused to be Chuck Norris, and Lance Armstrong…hoo boy. At the time, his appearance was funny because he seemed like such a nice guy, but in the movie he’s being kind of an aloof jerk. Now? It’s still funny because he is an aloof jerk, and Dodgeball was just giving us an early glimpse.
As long as you’re willing to suspend any semblance of disbelief, Dodgeball is a lot of fun from start to finish.
Cary: All I got here is that damn wrench scene that was played over and over and over. Saw that more than the movie itself. Which was a good film? I did see it. I think I remember laughing. Was Michael Cera in it? Jesse Eisenberg, maybe?
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