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School for Scoundrels (2006)

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Original Title : School for Scoundrels
Director : Todd Phillips
Writer : Todd Phillips
Scot Armstrong
Hal E. Chester
Patricia Moyes
Stephen Potter
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Scott Budnick , Daniel Goldberg , Geyer Kosinski , Craig Mazin , JoAnn Perritano , Todd Phillips , Annette Savitch , Bob Weinstein , Harvey Weinstein
Music : Christophe Beck
Photography : Jonathan Brown
Distributor : Weinstein Company, The
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sexual content, and some violence.
IMDB ID : 0462519
Official site : http://www.schoolforscoundrels-movie.com/
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School for Scoundrels (2006) - Todd Phillips
 

Starring

Billy Bob Thornton Dr. P
Jon Heder Roger
Jacinda Barrett Amanda
Matt Walsh Walsh
Horatio Sanz Diego
Todd Louiso Eli
Michael Clarke Duncan Lesher
Joanne Baron Lois
Paul Scheer Little Pete
Jon Glaser Ernie
Leonard Earl Howze Carl
Jim Parsons Class
Aziz Ansari Class
Remy K. Selma Class
Andrew Daly Class
Matt Besser Class
Joe Nunez Class
Jack Kehler Class
Armen Weitzman Class
Sarah Silverman Becky
David Cross Ian
Luis Guzmán Sargeant Moorehead
Dan Fogler Zack
DeRay Davis Bee Bee (as Antoine DeRay Davis
Omar J. Dorsey Lawrence
Marcella Lowery Mrs. Washington
Noel Gugliemi Bus Guy
Daniel Venegas Bus Guy
Teddy Coluca Benny
Sandra Daley Security Officer
Nicole Randall Johnson Shanice
Khadijah Mindy
Malika Margaret
Natalie Core Ruth
Bernadette Birkett Woman
Tarina Pouncy Flight Attendant
Kimberly Evan Tennis Player
Sandy Helberg The Rabbi
Steve Monroe Male Flight Attendant
Ben Stiller Lonnie
Angela Frye Passenger On Train (uncredited
 

Plot

An unlucky meter reader enrolls in a confidence-building class so he can win the love of the girl of his dreams. The class turns out to be something quite different when it becomes clear to the young man that his professor has his sights set on the same girl. Roger, a beleaguered New York City meter maid, is plagued by anxiety and low self-esteem. In order to overcome his feelings of inadequacy, Roger enrolls in a top-secret confidence-building class taught by the suavely underhanded Dr. P. Aided by his assistant, Lesher, Dr. P uses unorthodox, often dangerous methods, but he guarantees results: Employ his techniques and you will unleash your inner lion. Surrounded by a band of misfit classmates - Walsh, who's dying to move out of mother's basement, Diego, a punching bag for his hen-pecker of a wife, and Eli, a shy guy just looking for female companionship - Roger's confidence grows and he makes his way to the head of the class, even finding the courage to ask out his longtime crush, Amanda. But Roger quickly discovers that star students have a way of catapulting Dr. P's competitive side into high gear. Soon enough, the teacher sets out to infiltrate and destroy Roger's personal and professional life. Nothing is off limits for Dr. P, not even the object of Roger's affection. In order to show Amanda Dr. P's true colors, Roger must rally his new friends and find a way to beat the master at his own game.
 

Comments

Dull and dumb., 12 March 2007 Author: Torgo_Approves from El Paso! Poor Jon Heder. It must be hard to find decent roles now that he',s known as Napoleon Dynamite to anyone who knows his name. But seriously Heder, why did you accept this script? I',m sorry to say it Heder, but "Gosh! You',re such an IDIOT!" Alright, forget the fact that the plot is a direct rip-off of the much funnier Anger Management. Forget the fact that Billy Bob Thornton unsuccessfully reprises his Bad Santa character minus the excessive drinking and f****ng. Forget the fact that the film makes traumatic rape memories a running gag. The fact of the matter is that the film just isn',t funny. Seriously, how did it fail? How do you cast Billy Bob Thornton as a complete asshole and Jon Heder as a hapless loser - the parts that these two were born to play - and fail to make it hilarious? How does Thornton + Heder + Luis Guzman + David Cross + Michael Clarke Duncan + Ben Stiller add up to a film which is just so... NOT FUNNY? It simply doesn',t make sense to my tired brain.I guess it could be because the script is so incoherent not even Kubrick could',ve made a decent movie out of it. It has very few funny jokes and it barely knows what it wants to be. Comedy or drama? Romance or thriller? A heartwarming, intelligent comedy masterpiece or a lazy cash-in on Thornton',s popularity? Well, I think you know the answer to that last one.The film',s pacing is way off, as the film rushes to its conclusion (a plot twist even the kid from Bad Santa could',ve seen coming a mile away) it feels like we',ve only watched half a movie. The lack of any real laughs, an engaging plot, the rehashed characters, it all makes for an utterly unsatisfactory comedy which isn',t worthy of Billy Bob Thornton.Much like this review, School for Scoundrels is lame and a waste of time. Don',t see it.