The movie Dodgeball does not take place in current times (of 2004 when it came out). It's subtle enough that most people don't even notice, but a commercial in the beginning of the film sets the movie 6 years after 1987. But the year is never mentioned or indicated again, has no bearing on the plot, and no real world events of 1993 take place in the film. So why was the film made a period piece for seemingly no reason?
I started digging into this since if the movie where to take place in 1993 there would be some serious continuity errors, especially with the Lance Armstrong scene: Lance talks about being a 5 time Tour de France winner, and not quitting due to cancer. Lance was not diagnosed with cancer until 1996, and had just won his 5th tour de France in 2004.
There are two possible explanations I've found in the context of the movie:
- It's an old commercial, and the movie does not take place in 1993.
- White Goodman is such an idiot he cannot count properly, thus is unable to accurately recall the amount of time that has passed since his physical change.
Outside of the movie Vince Vaughn pointed out the discrepancy to the director, who acknowledged that he didn't notice the inconsistencies in dates, and really didn't care, or kept it as a joke.
Vaughn points out that the photo of White Goodman was taken in 1987, but the character says that was him 6 years ago. Vaughn questions if the movie takes place in 1993. “Yeah,” says Thurber. “That’s not clear?” The writer/director says he liked the way the character says he lost 600 pounds in 6 years. He also guesses this makes the film a period piece. Dodgeball, more complex than Primer.
When Vince Vaughn’s character checks his phone messages in the beginning (about a minute after the Globo Gym commercial), a video store claims a few “DVDs” are overdue, one of those mentioned is Mona Lisa Smile.
If it was meant to be a period piece, these facts, being in the very beginning, are serious discrepancies.