I think it’s fair to say that most people either find Ben Stiller funny or not, and the same goes for Vince Vaughn. I am a fan of Ben Stiller and so is my wife, but not so much a fan of Vince Vaughn, it almost feels as if he is always being the same guy, anybody agree with me on this? I haven’t seen True Detective Season 2 just yet, but I am hearing Vince Vaughn is finally playing someone other than his usual self. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a satirical piece on sports and male machismo, which gets the laughs, up until the Lance Armstrong cameo.
Cycling has never been a sport that I follow or watch, and I’ve never sat and watched a leg of the Tour de France, and I don’t think I will be doing that anytime soon either. Having said this, I know who Lance Armstrong is, and I know what he looks like and what he has done. Nearly everyone knows about the Lance Armstrong Lie, and that is why Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a lot less funny, because the Lance Armstrong downer hits at the already lowest point of the film.
There are different reactions to this, I am sure. Some don’t really care, others are outraged. I had never seen this film, until a couple nights ago. I was not expecting to see the cameo, since I didn’t know of it’s existence. When his lines were written back in 2004, I am certain it was meant to be a pick-me-up for the downtrodden team leader of Average Joe’s. Watching this now, in hindsight, his words seem so hypocritical, and meaningless, having the complete opposite effect on the film. It makes the ending to this film less climatic. Then I got to thinking, watching the cameo, in hindsight, could actually add to the comedic value of the film?
Please do not misunderstand, the Lance Armstrong Lie is horrible for society, and I am sure millions of people feel cheated. Perhaps it’s too soon to make a joke of something that big, but I love comedy, and although most of me was shocked to see the cameo, part of me thought it could’ve been sarcastically funny, had the cameo been inserted after the known lie. If you haven’t seen the scene and you want to, check it out here, and let me know what sort of reaction you had, and if it is at all possible for us to attribute comedic value to it. Mostly this is me trying to make a negative into a positive…
Ben Stiller is full of energy in this film, and delivers some hilarious lines, “but seriously,” he is a comedic legend. There is a lot of slapstick comedy in this film, and a lot of ‘cheesy-ness’ but it never tries to make us think that this film is above itself, it knows that it’s here to pay out every sports film ever made and it knows that it’s just meant for the laughs. Somehow in amongst all the comedic fluff, there is a good hidden message, that it doesn’t matter who you are, be happy with that.
It’s good for the laughs and good for a Ben Stiller fix. Don’t let Lance Armstrong ruin this film.
TRIVIA COOKIES: Chuck Norris is in this film. “Thanks you, Chuck Norris.”
Christine Taylor played Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie, and is also married to Ben Stiller.
For some reason I thought his guy did the voice for Linguini in Ratatouille, but he doesn’t.
Remember when this guy used to do the Apple Mac ads?
Apparently this guy auditioned for his role as Steve the Pirate in a pirate outfit. How appropriate.
The Office Space guy!