Most people stop asking me for movie recommendations after they hear I love the movie, Dodgeball, A True Underdog Story. Truth be told, I find it hysterical and really enjoy it. But beyond it’s comedic appeal, there is a really good message behind the silliness of it all.
The message is:
Average is Beautiful. Average is Powerful. Average Wins.
The simple plot: Two rival gyms, Globo Gym and Average Joe’s Gym compete in a dodgeball tournament for a fifty thousand dollar cash prize . Globo Gym, run by White Goodman (played by Ben Stiller), is trying to buy out the gym next door, Average Joe’s Gym, run by Peter LeFleur (played by Vince Vaughn). Globo Gym is full of state of the art equipment, supplements, even a plastic surgery center and claims it is the place to achieve physical perfection. White Goodman used to be morbidly obese, and now takes insane measures to keep his physique perfect. This includes attaching electric probes to his nipples and shocking himself every time he is tempted to eat a donut. Yes you read that correctly. He’s also a complete douche bag because he has given up all the fun in order to achieve “physical perfection.” On the other hand, Average Joe’s Gym is a place where people with everyday lives come together and workout, embracing the beauty in just being average. In the end, the members of Average Joe’s come together and kick Globo Gym’s ass in the tournament.
Although completely ridiculous, White Goodman and Globo Gym’s message has been drilled into us for a long time and has really messed up our way of thinking. Just look at Barbie Dolls, the latest cover of practically any woman’s magazine, or turn on the TV. Everything is extreme in nature, from the super skinny models on Project Runway to the medically enhanced bodies on well, everything else. The message, “You won’t be happy unless you look like this” or “Don’t you feel like shit about yourself because you don’t look like this?” are all too prevalent in our everyday lives.
Some ridiculous quotes from Globo Gym really put this into perspective
Here at Globo Gym, we’re better than you, and we know it.
At Globo Gym we understand that “ugliness” and “fatness” are genetic disorders, much like baldness or necrophilia, and it’s only your fault if you don’t hate yourself enough to do something about it.
Average Joe’s message is a lot different . Average Joe’s is a place where people celebrate the things they love about life, but also find ways to balance the fun with some time at the gym. It’s a place where members can be themselves with no judgement passed because after all, they are all trying to improve. It’s a place where members learn about the smart, small changes to make to diet and exercise instead of giving up everything to achieve “physical perfection.” In the end, Average Joe’s whip Globo Gym in the tournament and save their special place.
PartyGirlFit chooses Average Joe’s every time.
Average is Beautiful,
Party Smart. Sweat Smarter