Superior slapstick sizzler with lashings of violence

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Dodgeball

OPENS AUGUST 20, CERT 15, 92 MINS

Three months after their blazing turns in Starsky & Hutch, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller return on opposite sides of the gym court in this instant gonzo comedy masterpiece from first-time director Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Vaughn plays lackadaisical gym owner Peter La Fleur, an easygoing underachiever who’s being forced out of business by the Globo Gym chain, owned by preening fat-boy-turned-gym-nazi White Goodman (Stiller).

La Fleur enters the annual Las Vegas world dodgeball tournament, pitting his gym full of badly coordinated losers against Goodman’s psychotic muscleheads. Given that dodgeball seemingly consists of rock-hard baseballs being precision-propelled into players’ faces and testicles, there’s plenty of wince-inducing, no-holds-barred slapstick violence. If you like watching grown men and innocent bystanders getting smashed to pieces, this is the movie for you. Superb performances from the deadpan Vaughn and the fearless Stiller in one of the funniest films of the year