Film 2: Dodgeball Dodgeball is a 2004 film starring Vince Vaughan and Ben Stiller.

The pair both own gyms, with White Goodman (Stiller) regularly trumping Peter LaFleur (Vaughan) in the financial battle. However, the pair decide to settle their differences in a hilarious Dodgeball competition, with $100,000 the prize. If Peter wins, he can restore his gym and destroy his enemy. If White wins, it spells doom for ¶Average Joe·s gym.· The film shows the opposing captains recruiting and training their teams, and ultimately ends with both sides in the final« Camera Angles and Shots: The film opens with a variety of quick shots, mainly close ups on bottoms of females in skimpy, tight shorts. Immediately, this suggests there will be pl enty of lusting after females, and too suggests that the film will be aimed more at male viewers than females. It then proceeds to further close ups of the male backside, and huge muscles. Again, this shows that physical strength and attractiveness will be a theme of the utmost importance throughout the film. Medium shots succeed this, again showing attractive, happy men and women working out, sometimes together, hinting companionship and partnership may too be another theme. The camera then zooms and tilts towards the main central character, White Goodman, with the tilt showing he is a powerful, important figure in the movie. This is further reiterated as a tracking shot is used to follow his movements, showing his importance. As he steps from a treadmill, the camera zooms out into a medium shot, establishing the size of the gym and allowing us as an audience to admire his on physical prowess. In establishing the size of the gym, it shows the huge empire that Goodman has created, therefore a measure of his power and status. Mise· en Scene: Mise· en Scene is effectively used throughout the opening scene. Instantly, the first thing that we see is the backside of a woman, dressed in black shorts with purple lettering. This instantly grabs our attention and stands out, suggesting beauty will be a big topic over the duration of the film. The bodies we see are tanned and beautiful, which reiterates my previous point. All clothing is tight, as if to emphasise the perfection of the bodies. Upon the introduction of White Goodman, it becomes clear that the film is a comedy. We learn this through the eccentricity of the character, his wild hair, moustache and giddy facial expressions making him a conventional comedy character. Again, his sleeveless top is to

demonstrate his bodily splendour. The gym itself contains a huge number of machines, implying that it is a striving, successful business. The modernity of the equipment possibly suggests the place is wealthy, and also doing well financially. This idea is further supported by the design of the gym, with its white windows resulting in brightly illuminating the place. This portrays the place as a sort of supernatural heaven, those who belong are those who have worked hard on perfecting their body. Pillars are situated around the place, again a hint at a biblical reference. In positioning a globe in the centre of the gym, it suggests their vanity and arrogance, as if they are leaders of the world. Edits: The editing in this 2 minute opening is simply, and extremely basi c. They cut extremely suddenly, showing many bodies in such a short space of time in order to establish the importance of a perfect body, which is ideal because it is an advert. The speed of the edits possibly reflect the agility of the well -bodied customers at the gym. A wipe is also used, for the montage is an advert, and most adverts contain wipes. Sound: A variety of sounds can be heard throughout this first clip. The first s ound we hear is non diegetic, an upbeat, inspiring and groovy soundtrack. This reflects the positivity of the gym, and the upbeat, confidence of the leader, White Goodman. Narrative is heard for the first time, a flawlessly, exaggerated voice, ¶sick and tired of the old you?· The inch perfect, immaculate tone of his voice symbolises too the faultlessness of the gym, Goodman, and of the bodies of those who use the gym and its facilities. Goodman proceeds to speak the words, ¶you don·t have to be stuck with what you·ve got.· Once more, this emphasises the idea of bodi ly brilliance, and how he believes nobody should be content with what they have. He then speaks to his friend Rory, and says, ¶looking good.· By paying him a compliment, and the other man accepting the compliment with a casual ¶thanks,· it again suggests that companionship and partnership is vital in the movie. It further expands our knowledge of Goodman, implying that he is a people pleasing person, keen not just to compliment himself but others too. He seems likeable and popular. His grunting and panting on the treadmill shows the effort and enthusiasm he puts into working out. Yet he states baldness to be a ¶genetic disorder,· hinting that he has a very low opinion of those whom are different to him, a general loathing in fact. This warns of his arrogance too. Representation: The human body itself is represented in a very attractive light. All bodies shown in this two minute opening have been physically modified, through hard work and effort. Breasts are big and revealed clearly, with the same also said for biceps and bottoms.

Everybody at the gym is represented as enthusiastic and eager to enhance their body even more, whilst the gym is represented as a heaven for perfection. White Goodman is represented as giddy, yet again he fails to differ from anybod y else in their enthusiasm, with his beaming, perfect smile and strut implying him to be a natural leader and talisman. Throughout the movie, more and more characters are introduced, all representing different things: Peter LaFlour represents anybody whose business is struggling, and whose life seems to be spiralling out of control (overly in debt, having too many people relying on him,) and the reason this makes him the more likeable, pleasant character is because it is easy for anybody to empathise, symp athise or relate to his situation. Another likeable character is portrayed by Justin Long, whom plays Justin Long. He is a conventional comedy teenager, unlucky in love and extremely goofy, a victim to bullies. This allows teenagers across the world to, li ke Peter·s case, feel a connection between themselves and Justin, meaning the audience yearn for him to succeed and to break the mould in doing so. Women in the movie , such as three loves interests, are all represented as feisty, bolshie, and aggressive. A n example of this is when playing Dodgeball, and the females are brutal in dispatching opponents and ending their participation in the game. Sexuality is covered in the closing moments when Kate is revealed as a bisexual, yet despite initially being greete d with shock, it is greeted with acceptance by Peter. Ideology: The director clearly believes that the way you look on the outside, your physical prowess and looks, are extremely important. People judge you on how you look, and it is of the utmost importance that you always look good. The director heavily explores the importance of money throughout the film, and the importance of pride. The two coincide when, desperate to earn the required $50,000, Peter and his friends learn to play Dodgeball, where they face a horrific time preparing. Once again, love is a central theme in this comedy, for it is love that inspires Peter throughout, love for his friends and for the love interest, Kate. Also the film suggests that all villains eventually meet their comeuppance, such as when White Goodman loses the Dodgeball game. Target Audience: The target audience for Dodgeball is anybody who loves a comedy, yet overall teenagers and young adults would find it more amusing. The swearing and sexual references again are more amusing from the point of view as a young adult, as is the hilarity as they battle through the rounds of the tournament. Also, it targets all those who doubt themselves, as it is a story of those with little self belief, and how they find confidence throughout the movie.

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