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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 17, 2003
39 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- a true R-13, maybe X-13. And another promotion of homosexuality/lesbianism to young teens.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Red Hour Films
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Rawson Marshall Thurber
Producer(s): Stuart Cornfeld, Mary McLaglen, Rhoades Rader, Ben Stiller
Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cinematography/Camera: Jerzy Zielinski
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Alan Baumgarten
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Blythe Cappello, Latrell Manuel, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Maher Ahmad
Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story? A score of zero out of 100 in Sexual Immorality. A score of 4 out of 100 in Impudence/Hate. Twenty-three in Offense to God (a child speaks one of the many uses of God's name in vain and with the four letter expletive, in anger no less). Thirty-five in Drugs/Alcohol. A true underdog story? A true R-13, maybe X-13.

WARNING. This report reveals the content of this film as do all CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Reports. Some of the content of the film is most vulgar. I have tried to soften the descriptions as much as possible and still be truthful, but some descriptions are going to be uncomfortable for you because of the vulgarity of some of the demonstrations of the actors and actresses in this PG-13 film. If you feel uncomfortable about reading such things, leave this report now.

Following is a description of the caliber of one of the activities in this film. In a cheer routine, a very heavy girl stood on the shoulders of a boy, then dropped on him, forcing his head between her legs with sounds of wetness as they are pulled apart -- and him enjoying it. Another fine example of [the] quality [of] PG-13 programming for our youth. And this movie contains a lesbian kiss to challenge that of Ellen Degeneras. With pride and arrogance in it. Even though it is demonstrated for 13 year old kids and younger.

Just one more example of the caliber of this film is a young woman wearing a bathing suit performing carwash services using the top of her two-piece bathing suit as a wash rag ... while wearing it.

This film aims low in just about every aspect of life, from the above vulgar humor to ethnic/racial slurs, insults of almost every kind. Even of the homosexual practitioners.

Ben Stiller is White Goodman, owner and operator of the Globo Gym. Insufferable and with an attitude that shouts of ego and conceit, Goodman goes after the Average Joe's Gym to add to his collection. Every syllable of Goodman's speech is tuned to himself. Once a butterball turned fitness freak, Goodman's tagline is something like "Those who are fit are better than those who are not." It is clear his intellect leaves much to be desired. If it were not for his daddy's money, Goodman would be a poor undesirable instead of a rich undesirable.

The Average Joe's Gym is owned and operated by nice guy Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) who is as laid back as one can get. His gym is in financial trouble. Banker Kate Veatche (Christine Taylor) told Laleur he owes $50,000 or his gym will be repossessed.

Lost for what to do, LaFleur and his ragtag members who use the gym more for a getaway than a gym enter into the Las Vegas International Dodgeball Open to win $50,000 in which, by the trickery of "It's who you know not what you know", the Average Joe's team ultimately faces off the Purple Cobras of Globo Gym in the final match after trouncing a variety of other teams. In the qualifying match, the Average Joe's team played against a team of girl scouts. By default the girl scouts lost and one of them screams God's name in vain to another scout for causing their team to loose. [Luke 17:2]

Not having any experience or knowledge of dodgeball, the LaFleur team are desperate for guidance and training. Appears aging and wheelchair-bound dodgeball great Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) who teaches the team how to play dodgeball by teaching them how to dodge thrown wrenches, "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

At the end, during the credits, imagine a "Nutty Professor" plumped up Stiller then imagine him juggling his body parts in sensual display. That will give you a good idea of the caliber of this film. The rest of drawing you own conclusions about the caliber of this film is left to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section if this film analysis report. We tell you the truth about the content of films no one else will tell you, including the MPAA, advertisers, promoters, etc., so you can make up your own mind whether a film is fit or not for your family. We tell you what is there ... objectively. You decide ... objectively. To emulate a copy-cat service who has done so since their inception, we are the #1 source of information for parents and grandparents about the content of films. No one else, not even the copy-cat service, provides you with such detailed and objective information. And not even they provide you with the comparative tools we provide. No one does. And no one can since our model is copyrighted and has been since 1995, long before the copy-cat service.

Zero out of 100 in Impudence/Hate, mostly due to and crude humor and language, including the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8, Prov. 22:11] and God's name in vain with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Zero out of 100 in Sexual Immorality due to immoral behavior and talk of just about every kind. [Gal. 5:19, Jude 7, Col. 3:5, 1Ths. 4:3, Rev. 22:14-15]


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  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Jude 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [mortify, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs, and [the unforgiven] ...and whoremongers*, and ... [* por'-nos - a man who indulges in unlawful (Biblical) sexual intercourse, a fornicator. All of God's admonitions against sexual immorality may be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • drawing of throwing severed heads
  • sports violence, often
  • wrench thrown in the face and other parts of the body
  • pedestrian hit by car, twice, somewhat graphic
  • defensive violence
  • street assault - a milkshake thrown from a moving car at a pedestrian
  • accidental death by falling sign

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • humor about drinking one's own urine
  • sadomasochism gathering
  • sexual harassment
  • unsportsmanlike conduct
  • punk attire

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts or vulgar pose, repeatedly
  • thong nudity, repeatedly
  • still photo of full male nudity (genitals unseen)
  • dog nuzzling the crotch of a man and him liking it
  • vulgar cheer - boy's head is forced between the legs of a fat girl dropping on him from above with sounds of wetness as they are pulled apart
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • vulgar prosthetic to exaggerate male anatomy, which was inflated once
  • male thong nudity in a wall painting, repeatedly
  • "We should mate"
  • crotch hit, frequent, some graphic
  • homosexual insults
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly, some vulgar
  • female and male anatomy humor, repeatedly
  • adults in underwear
  • sadomasochistic outfits, several
  • intercourse innuendo
  • licking kissing, heterosexual
  • lesbian kissing
  • statue nudity
  • vulgar dance with self-fondling during credits

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking opium, four participants
  • bar, multiple
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drinking just to get drunk
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive, once by a child, and 11 uses without
  • admission of bisexuality

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted


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