Headscratchers / DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

  • So let me get this straight. If the team of girl scouts hadn't gotten busted for cheating, they'd be the ones competing in the Dodgeball Tournament? With a bunch of adults?
    • Thats about the gist of it, yes.
    • One wonders how they'd have reacted to the Dodgeball Dancers...
    • Although completely incompetent at that point in the movie, the Average Joes crew were (bar Justin) full-grown adults. So ...
  • Okay, so Global Gym is an international company right? Or at least a national one. I'm pretty sure it's mentioned at some point that they have multiple locations. So how the hell is the controlling share of the company only four million bucks? Shouldn't it be worth more. Please note I have little understanding of economics, so maybe it does make sense. If that's the case, someone tell me.
    • For one it's just a gym, not a corporation. It only has one purpose and it aims at a specific clientele, and therefore it's only worth a small amount. In addition, a "controlling share" is anything over 50%, so maybe it was a 10 million dollar company, Vince Vaughn bought half with the 5 million he won, and the "four million" thing was just a spitballing estimate.
    • Plus he's got five million already. It shouldn't be that hard to cut deals and get the extra couple millions he might need.
    • Globo Gym only has the one location, they are not a nation-wide franchise. White does mention that they are opening a new gym in Mexico — for which he is learning Spanish — but that is the only reference to multiple locations. That might say that they are preparing for an expansion to go international, but in the movie itself they're still only a one-location small business. It is not unusual for such a company to be worth "only" $4million, and you could even gain a "controlling interest" of that company for only two million since (As was mentioned above) you only need 51% of a company's stock to own a controlling interest (Although in practice you would need more because there are several laws that protect minority shareholders from being dominated by the majority shareholders). Since White did specifically refer to his gym being worth $4 million when he was talking to Peter earlier in the movie, with the winnings from the tournament Peter could flat-out buy the entire company if he wanted to.
  • In the scene where Justin bumps into Amber at the casino hotel with the Jerk Jock she was seeing, they depart and said Jerk Jock (can't remember his name, Derrick, maybe) leaves Justin with a gesture of slapping one hand on his bicep, and making a fist with his other hand. I've noticed that in certain broadcast versions of the movie (like basic cable networks and such), the gesture is either blurred, or that shot is completely cut. Maybe I'm missing something, but is that somehow an obscene gesture? I mean I have the movie on DVD, and I've looked closely, and it's not like I saw a middle finger or anything.
    • Provided I can Google properly, you might mean this. Basically, "up yours."
      • Ah, okay, so in other words, this is like the metric system version of the middle finger. Got it.
  • Why do all of the main characters have time to do their dodge ball training when it's been established that at least one of them (Kate) has a job (Attorney) that would likely require long working hours? And if most of them don't have jobs, how did they pay for the flights/hotel rooms in Las Vegas?
    • Dwight and Owen work at AJs and it is more or less closed by competition time. Peter is obvious. Kate might have gotten time off unless White sacking her ruined her job. Justin is a school student and the cheerleaders were in LA so not too farfetched. Who knows what Gordon does.
    • White didn't sack her, White made her lose her job. So yes, she'd have free time.
    • Wouldn't travel and accommodations be provided for them? A lot of programs that involved their people having to travel have little announcements that say "Travel considerations have been provided by . . ." But yes, White lied about Kate to her boss and got her fired, and Dwight and Owen are Peter's employees. Not sure about Gordon, and Steve the Pirate apparently just keeps searching for buried treasure, so yeah.


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