History Film / DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory

17th Jan '17 6:44:47 PM TheRoguePenguin
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--> '''Cotton''': They came all this way for nothing! Absolutely nothing! ''(credits roll to somber music)''

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--> ---> '''Cotton''': They came all this way for nothing! Absolutely nothing! ''(credits roll to somber music)''



* AmbiguousTimePeriod: WordOfGod has it that the movie was supposed to take place in the early 1990s (The Globo Gym ad from the opening scene notes that White was fat in 1987, which he states as being six years earlier, placing the film in 1993), but the case of AnachronismStew including Peter renting Film/MonaLisaSmile on DVD, as well as digital cable being in existence would suggest otherwise; it pretty much looks as if it could have been set in the present day.

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* AmbiguousTimePeriod: WordOfGod has it that the movie was supposed to take place in the early 1990s (The Globo Gym ad from the opening scene notes that White was fat in 1987, which he states as being six years earlier, placing the film in 1993), but the case of AnachronismStew including Peter renting Film/MonaLisaSmile ''Film/MonaLisaSmile'' on DVD, as well as digital cable being in existence would suggest otherwise; it pretty much looks as if it could have been set in the present day.


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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: White gets his team into the tournament by calling in a favor from the dodgeball chancellor.
11th Jan '17 10:09:22 PM ShiroAkuma
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** The WoundedGazelleGambit pulled by the girl scouts who played against the Average Joe's means nothing when one of the fails the drug test and their team is disqualified.

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** The WoundedGazelleGambit pulled by the girl scouts who played against the Average Joe's means nothing when one of the them fails the drug test and their team is disqualified.
3rd Jan '17 9:16:16 AM speedyboris
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Peter's phone call from the video store. "The following videos are now overdue: ''Drunken Hussies 3'', ''Backdoor Patrol 5'', and ''Film/MonaLisaSmile''."
** Cotton's TheTriple always ends with something completely off topic.


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* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers:
** Peter's phone call from the video store. "The following videos are now overdue: ''Drunken Hussies 3'', ''Backdoor Patrol 5'', and ''Film/MonaLisaSmile''."
** Cotton's TheTriple always ends with something completely off topic.
3rd Jan '17 7:52:06 AM speedyboris
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--> '''Cotton''': They came all this way for nothing! Absolutely nothing! ''(credits roll to somber music)''
11th Dec '16 5:20:02 AM Xtifr
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Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, '''''Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story''''' revolves around amiable [[{{Dismotivation}} underachiever]] Peter [=LaFleur=] (Creator/VinceVaughn), who owns a rundown gym called "Average Joe's" with a less-than-average clientèle, including a [[TalkLikeAPirate self-styled pirate]] (Creator/AlanTudyk), an [[CollectorOfTheStrange ultra-obscure sports aficionado]] (Stephen Root), and a pining high-school {{Nerd}} (Justin Long).

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Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, '''''Dodgeball: ''Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story''''' Story'' revolves around amiable [[{{Dismotivation}} underachiever]] Peter [=LaFleur=] (Creator/VinceVaughn), who owns a rundown gym called "Average Joe's" with a less-than-average clientèle, including a [[TalkLikeAPirate self-styled pirate]] (Creator/AlanTudyk), an [[CollectorOfTheStrange ultra-obscure sports aficionado]] (Stephen Root), and a pining high-school {{Nerd}} (Justin Long).
10th Nov '16 12:02:45 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* AllForNothing: It almost looks like this was the case for Average Joe's in the match against Globo Gym, until a referee says that White stepped over the line in his throw, which allows the match to continue. Interestingly, an "alternate ending" gag on the DVD ends the movie right after Globo Gym appears to win.
** Also, the WoundedGazelleGambit pulled by the girl scouts who played against the Average Joe's.

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* AllForNothing: AllForNothing:
** The WoundedGazelleGambit pulled by the girl scouts who played against the Average Joe's means nothing when one of the fails the drug test and their team is disqualified.
**
It almost looks like this was the case for Average Joe's in the match against Globo Gym, until a referee says that White stepped over the line in his throw, which allows the match to continue. Interestingly, an "alternate ending" gag on the DVD ends the movie right after Globo Gym appears to win.
** Also, the WoundedGazelleGambit pulled by the girl scouts who played against the Average Joe's.
win.



** Cotton's TheTriple always ends with something completely off topic.



* BerserkButton[=/=]MinorInjuryOverreaction: "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. ''Nobody''!"
** Also Gordon seeing his mail-order bride with another man.

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* BerserkButton[=/=]MinorInjuryOverreaction: "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. ''Nobody''!"
** Also
BerserkButton: Gordon seeing his mail-order bride with another man.



* BiTheWay: Kate. "I am not a lesbian. I'm ''bisexual!''"
** A deleted scene reveals that Joyce, Kate's supposed girlfriend, is bisexual as well and really seems to like Peter.

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* BiTheWay: Kate. "I am not a lesbian. I'm ''bisexual!''"
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''bisexual!''" A deleted scene reveals that Joyce, Kate's supposed girlfriend, is bisexual as well and really seems to like Peter.



* BrawnHilda: Fran.
** In the epilogue, she ''is'' shown to be [[ProgressivelyPrettier substantially more attractive]], though.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs

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* BrawnHilda: Fran.
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Fran. In the epilogue, she ''is'' shown to be [[ProgressivelyPrettier substantially more attractive]], though.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggsBreadEggsBreadedEggs:



* BreadMilkEggsSquick / BestialityIsDepraved
--> '''Cotton [[=McKnight=]]:''' Ladies and gentlemen, I have been to the Great Wall of China, I have seen the Pyramids of Egypt, I have even seen a grown man satisfy a camel!"

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* BreadMilkEggsSquick / BestialityIsDepraved
BreadMilkEggsSquick:
--> '''Cotton [[=McKnight=]]:''' [=McKnight=]:''' Ladies and gentlemen, I have been to the Great Wall of China, I have seen the Pyramids of Egypt, [[BestialityIsDepraved I have even seen a grown man satisfy a camel!"camel!]]"



* BrickJoke: Peter tells Owen that there's a right person for everyone. Sometimes, there are two right people for one person; he calls that "The Jackpot." [[spoiler:The ending suggests that Peter may end up with [[BiTheWay Kate]] and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot her girlfriend Joyce.]]]]

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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Peter tells Owen that there's a right person for everyone. Sometimes, there are two right people for one person; he calls that "The Jackpot." [[spoiler:The ending suggests that Peter may end up with [[BiTheWay Kate]] and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot her girlfriend Joyce.]]]]



* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Mocked with Goodman's offer.

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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Mocked with Goodman's offer.offer, which is a single stack in a large case (actually too small for the amount specified).



* CaptainObvious: When Peter blindfolds himself, the announcers are astute enough to note "Peter has blindfolded himself." "He's not going to be able to see very well." In fact, the announcers have several of these moments throughout the film, with Pepper usually being the prime suspect.

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* CaptainObvious: When Peter blindfolds himself, the announcers are astute enough to note "Peter has blindfolded himself." Pepper comments, "He's not going to be able to see very well." In fact, the announcers have several of Cotton often sets these moments throughout the film, with Pepper usually being the prime suspect.up for Pepper.



* ChekhovsGun: For a quick-fire comedy film, ''Dodgeball'' is surprisingly well-scripted as a story. Every single significant plot point is foreshadowed in advance, from the obvious (Gordon quoting the exact double-fault-elimination rule that comes into play during the finale) to the ridiculous ("Man, she gotta be a lesbian.") to the subtle (White's throwaway boast that Globo Gym is worth "over four million dollars", which later confirms [[spoiler:that Peter ''would'' have the funds to purchase a controlling stake with his $5 million win]]).
** Averted with the lawyer specializing in sexual harassment cases who doesn't sue the creep who sexually harasses her through a large part of the film.
*** She'd have to sue her employer, as White is merely her bank's client, and the bank would be the one liable.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
**
For a quick-fire comedy film, ''Dodgeball'' is surprisingly well-scripted as a story. Every single significant plot point is foreshadowed in advance, from the obvious (Gordon quoting the exact double-fault-elimination rule that comes into play during the finale) to the ridiculous ("Man, she gotta be a lesbian.") to the subtle (White's throwaway boast that Globo Gym is worth "over four million dollars", which later confirms [[spoiler:that Peter ''would'' have the funds to purchase a controlling stake with his $5 million win]]).
** Averted with the lawyer specializing in sexual harassment cases who doesn't sue the creep who sexually harasses her through a large part of the film.
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film. She'd have to sue her employer, as White is merely her bank's client, and the bank would be the one liable.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: White Goodman shows occasional signs of this, as does color commentator Pepper Brooks ("I sure do like pumpkins, Cotton!"). But the prize-winners are Owen and Patches.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
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White Goodman shows occasional signs of this, as does color commentator Pepper Brooks ("I sure do like pumpkins, Cotton!"). But the prize-winners are Owen and Patches.



* CreatorCameo: Director Rawson Marshall Thurber as the guy who voices what he thinks of the Joe's in their [[ItMakesSenseInContext bondage gear]].
-->"Hey assholes! You guys suck!"
** He also appeared later as the drive-by guy who pelts Steve the Pirate with a milkshake and yells at him to go back to Literature/TreasureIsland.

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* CreatorCameo: CreatorCameo:
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Director Rawson Marshall Thurber as the guy who voices what he thinks of the Joe's in their [[ItMakesSenseInContext bondage gear]].
-->"Hey
gear]]. ("Hey assholes! You guys suck!"
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suck!") He also appeared later as the drive-by guy who pelts Steve the Pirate with a milkshake and yells at him to go back to Literature/TreasureIsland.



-->'''[[StraightMan Cotton [=McKnight=]]]''': Folks, I'm being told that Average Joe's does not have enough players, and will be forfeiting the championship match.
-->'''Pepper Brooks''': It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.

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-->'''[[StraightMan Cotton [=McKnight=]]]''': Folks, I'm being told that Average Joe's does not have enough players, and will be forfeiting the championship match.
-->'''Pepper
match.\\
'''Pepper
Brooks''': It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.



** Although it's not shown, the former makes some sort of sense if you consider that there's more than one school of play, as with pool or swimming, since the sport is American Dodgeball, so presumably the German team pays dues to the American Dodgeball Association of Germany.



* DirtyOldMan: Patches.

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* DirtyOldMan: DirtyOldMan:
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Patches.



* DisqualificationInducedVictory: The Average Joe's have to win at least one game to qualify for the championships. However they suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of some [[GirlScoutsAreEvil evil girlscouts]]. Fortunately, one of the scouts tests positive for steroids and beaver tranquillisers, so the Joe's win by default.

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* DisqualificationInducedVictory: DisqualificationInducedVictory:
**
The Average Joe's have to win at least one game to qualify for the championships. However they suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of some [[GirlScoutsAreEvil evil girlscouts]]. Fortunately, one of the scouts tests positive for steroids and beaver tranquillisers, so the Joe's win by default.



* DoubleEntendre: The motto(?) of the ADAA tournament, shown on a huge banner above the court, is "GO BALLS DEEP!"

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* DoubleEntendre: DoubleEntendre:
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The motto(?) of the ADAA tournament, shown on a huge banner above the court, is "GO BALLS DEEP!"



* DownToTheLastPlay

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* DownToTheLastPlayDownToTheLastPlay: It comes down to a Sudden Death tiebreaker between Peter and White.



* {{Fanservice}}: The Dodgeball dancers.
--> '''Cotton''': [[BlatantLies That's good, clean family fun right there.]]

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* {{Fanservice}}: FanDisservice: The scene after the end credits, which is mercifully not shown when aired on network television.
* {{Fanservice}}:
**
The Dodgeball dancers.
--> '''Cotton''': ---> '''Pepper''': [[BlatantLies That's good, clean family fun right there.]]



*** FanDisservice: The scene after the end credits, which is mercifully not shown when aired on network television.



-->'''Patches:''' "If you can dodge a {{wrench|Whack}}, you can dodge a ball."
-->'''Justin:''' "What?"
-->('''''THWACK''''')
-->(''Justin Long's eyebrow was cut open'')
* InsaneTrollLogic: How do you argue with anyone who claims "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball"?
** And if you ''do'' argue with such a man, you promptly get a wrench thrown at you.

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-->'''Patches:''' "If If you can dodge a {{wrench|Whack}}, you can dodge a ball."
-->'''Justin:''' "What?"
-->('''''THWACK''''')
-->(''Justin
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'''Justin:''' "What?\\
('''''THWACK''''')\\
(''Justin
Long's eyebrow was cut open'')
* InsaneTrollLogic: How do you argue with anyone who claims "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball"?
**
ball"? And if you ''do'' argue with such a man, you promptly get a wrench thrown at you.



* NiceGuy: Justin
** Peter himself.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: While training the team, Pete sees that Kate has a strong throw, and lobbies her to join his team. Kate rebuffs him, explaining that since she's working for the bank that's trying to foreclose on his gym and sell it to Globo Gym, it would be a conflict of interest for her to join. Then White Goodman, wanting to romance her (despite her having zero interest in White), arranges for her to get fired so that he can pursue her without being accused of sexual harassment. Suddenly, Kate no longer has a conflict of interest (not to mention a LOT of motive) to join the Average Joe's.

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* NiceGuy: Justin
Justin and Peter.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Peter himself.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
While training the team, Pete sees that Kate has a strong throw, and lobbies her to join his team. Kate rebuffs him, explaining that since she's working for the bank that's trying to foreclose on his gym and sell it to Globo Gym, it would be a conflict of interest for her to join. Then White Goodman, wanting to romance her (despite her having zero interest in White), arranges for her to get fired so that he can pursue her without being accused of sexual harassment. Suddenly, Kate no longer has a conflict of interest (not to mention a LOT of motive) to join the Average Joe's.



--> '''Cotton McKnight:''' ...and I think we all know how that ended.

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--> '''Cotton McKnight:''' ...[=McKnight=]:''' ...and I think we all know how that ended.



* OnTheMoney
* OpposingSportsTeam

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* %%* OnTheMoney
* %%* OpposingSportsTeam



* RagTagBunchOfMisfits

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* RagTagBunchOfMisfitsRagTagBunchOfMisfits: It's a collection of random dudes and a female attorney vs. a bunch of fitness buffs.



* ShoutOut: The final matchup is the Average Joe's Gym versus White Goodman's Purple Cobras. You read it right. [[GIJoe Joe's vs Cobras]].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The final matchup is the Average Joe's Gym versus White Goodman's Purple Cobras. You read it right. [[GIJoe [[Franchise/GIJoe Joe's vs Cobras]].



* Star Making Role: They're not exactly superstars, but Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, and Joel David Moore were basically unknown before this movie. After they became easily recognized character actors. It also elevated Vince Vaughan to marketable leading man.

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* Star Making Role: StarMakingRole: They're not exactly superstars, but Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, and Joel David Moore were basically unknown before this movie. After they became easily recognized character actors. It also elevated Vince Vaughan to marketable leading man.



* TookALevelInBadass: Upon seeing his MailOrderBride getting flirted with in front of his children, Gordon hits the BerserkButton and in a Crowing Moment of Awesome wipes out the entire Poughkeepsie State Flying Cougars on his own with [[ScreamingWarrior warrior cries]] and rapid precision strikes that have the other team cowering in fear.
** And then in a deleted scene, hugs his two children and tells his MailOrderBride that he wants a divorce when she tries to act like she always believed in him.
* TotallyRadical: "ESPN 8-''The Ocho!''"
** This is a reference to ESPN 2, which was originally referred to as "The Deuce".

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* TookALevelInBadass: Upon seeing his MailOrderBride getting flirted with in front of his children, Gordon hits the BerserkButton and in a Crowing Moment of Awesome wipes out the entire Poughkeepsie State Flying Cougars on his own with [[ScreamingWarrior warrior cries]] and rapid precision strikes that have the other team cowering in fear.
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fear. And then in a deleted scene, hugs his two children and tells his MailOrderBride that he wants a divorce when she tries to act like she always believed in him.
* TotallyRadical: "ESPN 8-''The Ocho!''"
**
Ocho!''" This is a reference to ESPN 2, which was originally referred to as "The Deuce".



** "If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!"

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** "If -->"If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!"



* WholePlotReference: This film surprisingly has a lot in common with the Creator/SylvesterStallone film ''Film/OverTheTop''. Examples include: main character entering a tournament for an obscure sport (dodgeball in this, arm wrestling in ''Over The Top'') in Las Vegas, the grand prize being $50,000, the main character trying to win back an item (the gym in this, the custody of the main character's son in ''Over The Top''), a scene where the hero and villain meet in a hotel room where the villain tries to get the hero to quit and a scene where the hero ponders on if to quit or keep going. Though it's never been mentioned by the director, you have to think that there was some inspiration.
** Probably because the film was also the subject of [[http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12639668907950856677 a somewhat successful copyright-infringement lawsuit]] by two writers of an unproduced screenplay about a dodgeball tournament with some [[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/22/nyregion/22dodgeball.html interesting similarities]] as well. They were allowed to proceed because the judge found that they could make a credible argument that that the screenwriter of ''DodgeBall'' had seen their script.

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* WholePlotReference: WholePlotReference:
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This film surprisingly has a lot in common with the Creator/SylvesterStallone film ''Film/OverTheTop''. Examples include: main character entering a tournament for an obscure sport (dodgeball in this, arm wrestling in ''Over The Top'') in Las Vegas, the grand prize being $50,000, the main character trying to win back an item (the gym in this, the custody of the main character's son in ''Over The Top''), a scene where the hero and villain meet in a hotel room where the villain tries to get the hero to quit and a scene where the hero ponders on if to quit or keep going. Though it's never been mentioned by the director, you have to think that there was some inspiration.
** Probably because the film was also the subject of [[http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12639668907950856677 a somewhat successful copyright-infringement lawsuit]] by two writers of an unproduced screenplay about a dodgeball tournament with some [[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/22/nyregion/22dodgeball.html interesting similarities]] as well. They were allowed to proceed because the judge found that they could make a credible argument that that the screenwriter of ''DodgeBall'' ''Dodgeball'' had seen their script.
9th Nov '16 12:19:14 PM teachzebra
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* Star Making Role: They're not exactly superstars, but Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, and Joel David Moore were basically unknown before this movie. After they became easily recognized character actors. It also elevated Vince Vaughan to marketable leading man.
22nd Oct '16 6:10:31 PM Doc_Loki
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--> '''Cotton McKnight:''' ...and I think we all know how that ended.
10th Sep '16 4:45:53 PM rwe1138
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** The Chancellor as well.
6th Aug '16 3:01:10 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* PomPomGirl: Many. One of the main characters, Justin, is on a pom squad, dates someone else likewise, and many scenes involve their training and routines.
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