June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor


Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) and White Goodman (Stiller) are owners of rival gyms. The laid-back LaFleur’s is a rundown wreck near foreclosure, while the preening Goodman’s is a gleaming testament to his own narcissism. In this silly, formulaic comedy, the two end up settling their differences on a dodge-ball court, hurling balls at each other’s most sensitive parts.

There’s a sadistic edge to DodgeBall, whose primary ambition appears to be gaining laughs by showing folks sustaining bodily harm. Stiller huffs and puffs, trying vainly to pump up to feature size a role better suited to a sketch. The preternaturally languid Vaughn, his narrow eyes barely opening, tosses off his lines as if marking time between naps. (PG-13)

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