Become a Premium Member | Only $2 a month

► You're making sure we survive
► Exclusive previews
► No more ads


Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [2004] [PG-13] - 5.4.5



Although our site is very popular, the current economic climate has reduced our revenues just when we need extra security to prevent attacks from hackers who don't like what we do. If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member.


Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

 [more »]

Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10


» - ★★★
» Official Site
» IMDb Listing

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn star in this comedy about a group of misfits who enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their local gym from the clutches of a corporate health fitness chain. Also with Christine Taylor, Jason Bateman and Rip Torn. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man tries to force himself on a woman, she slaps his hand, and then slams his head into a wall (he has a bloody lip). Two women kiss passionately, and a man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman kiss, and then fall on the floor and lick each other's faces. Two women kiss a man on the cheeks. A man watches a young man in bathing trunks washing his car; the young man is bent over, the man stands behind him and caresses his own belly button while admiring him. Several women in tiny bikinis that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare upper thighs, wash cars and we see them rubbing their bodies on a suds-covered car (a group of men admire them from a distance). Also, women in tiny bikinis dance seductively. A man puts a piece of pizza down his pants and appears to be gratifying himself briefly before he is interrupted. A dog nuzzles a man's crotch while he sleeps and the man reacts with pleasure, until he realizes what's going on. A group of men and a woman wear S&M costumes: one has a bit in his mouth, one has a studded codpiece, and the woman wears a leather corset (revealing cleavage and bare legs). People call a woman a lesbian in several scenes. A man accuses another man of sleeping with his employees. A young man holds a young woman over his head in a cheerleading tryout, he loses his grip, she falls on him knocking him to the ground, and lands on top of him with her crotch over his face (she is obese and we hear squishing sounds when she gets off of him). Men and women are shown in workout gear in several scenes that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, part of bare buttocks, bare chests (on men), and one man has a codpiece that he fills with air to accentuate its size. A woman wears low-cut dresses and blouses and tight-fitting sweaters that reveal cleavage in several scenes. We see a sculpture of two nude men wrestling (one man's bare buttocks are evident). A man tells another man that he has hookers in his room and invites him to join them. A man says that he and a group of other men could sell their semen, and a loud speaker announcement talks about people needing to be inoculated for sexually transmitted and other diseases. A man makes a comment that is sexually suggestive, a man says "he doesn't have any balls" about a man on the dodgeball court, and a man says that he has seen a "grown man satisfying a camel." A man tries to seduce a woman by taking suggestive poses and making sexual remarks. A man flirts with a woman in several scenes. A man talks about having sent a strip-o-gram and that it was a male stripper who delivered it.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A lighted sign falls from the ceiling and lands on a man crushing him to death (we see his feet sticking out from under the sign). A man tries to force himself on a woman, she slaps his hand, then slams his head into a wall (he has a bloody lip). A man runs through speeding traffic trying to dodge cars, and he's hit by two cars sending him sailing over the hoods. A young man is hit in the face with a wrench, then other men are hit in the head and legs and stomach with other wrenches. A man has clamps attached to his nipples and he shocks himself when trying to take a bite out of a donut. A boy throws a ball hitting another boy in the face, breaking his glasses and knocking him to the ground. A woman throws a ball hitting a man in the head, breaking a glass with a beverage in it and another man says that he's sure that the man is dead. Men are hit repeatedly with balls during dodgeball practice and matches in many scenes. A man is hit by a cup filled with a beverage thrown from a moving car. A man hits a man in the crotch and a man shoves a boy to the floor. A man is slapped repeatedly on the stomach (we see that his stomach is red). A woman throws a ball that hits the head off of a standee. A man slaps a cup out of another man's hand and a man threatens another man on several occasions. A man slams another man against a wall and holds a dagger to his throat in a threatening manner. A group of men compete against Girl Scouts in dodgeball; the men are pummeled with balls and a girl is hit hard in the stomach with a ball. A young man holds a young woman over his head in a cheerleading tryout, he loses his grip, she falls on him knocking him to the ground, and lands on top of him with her crotch over his face (she is obese and we hear squishing sounds when she gets off of him). We see pictures of men playing dodgeball with severed heads. A young man is twisted in the cables of a weight machine and is unable to free himself. A woman gags and says "I just threw up in my mouth," and a man talks about "drinking my own urine."

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 2 obscene hand gestures, 14 sexual references, 2 sexual gestures, 4 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for Germans, 2 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams, goals, greed, competition, selling out, being a loser, camaraderie, degradation, shame, quitting, cancer, S&M, homosexuality, bisexuality, underdogs, inspiration, steroid use, obscure sports, mail-order brides.

MESSAGE - At their most basic professional sports can be pretty ridiculous endeavors.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. We see men smoking pipes in an opium den.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

Our Ratings Explained

Tell Friends About Our Site

Become a Member

A CAVEAT: We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and some of our early standards were not as stringent as they are now. We therefore need to revisit many older reviews, especially those written prior to 1998 or so; please keep this in mind if you're consulting a review from that period. While we plan to revisit and correct older reviews our resources are limited and it is a slow, time-consuming process.

INAPPROPRIATE ADS? We have little control over ads since we belong to ad agencies that serve ads automatically; a standing order should prevent provocative ads, but inappropriate ads do sneak in.
What you can do



Become a member: You can subscribe for as little as a couple of dollars a month and gain access to our premium site, which contains no ads whatsoever. Think about it: You'll be helping support our site and guarantee that we will continue to publish, and you will be able to browse without any commercial interruptions.


Tell all your friends: Please recommend to your friends and acquaintances; you'll be helping them by letting them know how useful our site is, while helping us by increasing our readership. Since we do not advertise, the best and most reliable way to spread the word is by word-of-mouth.


Alert local & national media: Let major media know why you trust our ratings. Call or e-mail a local newspaper, radio station or TV channel and encourage them to do a story about our site. Since we do not have a PR firm working for us, you can be our media ambassadors.

Copyright © 1992- Critics. All rights reserved. "Kids-In-Mind™" and "Movie Ratings That Actually Work™" are Service Marks of Critics. For legal queries please see our Terms of Use; for comments or questions see our contact page.