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- DescriptionDr. P (Billy Bob Thornton) runs a SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS at which luckless men are given a crash course in the ways of the alpha male. Dishing out trite but, to the men involved, revelatory advice about how to "initiate confrontation" and "lie, lie, and lie some more," Dr. P turns his students into virile studs who hide their still-lingering insecurities behind sunglasses and absurd bluster. When one student, the kind-hearted but painfully awkward Roger (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE's Jon Heder), starts to hit it off with the girl of his dreams, Dr. P's competitive streak goes into overdrive and a battle between teacher and student ensues. After an exchange of pranks, each with increased maliciousness and consequence, the best man wins the girl. While SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS--based on a British comedy from the 1960s, and co-written and directed by Todd Phillips--doesn't reach the rambunctious fever pitch of OLD SCHOOL (also directed by Phillips) or contain the oddly endearing, near-sublime vulgarity of THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, it does have its fair share of laughs. The primary redeeming quality of the film is its excellent cast, which features various alumni of THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and MR. SHOW (including Matt Walsh, Paul Scheer, Horatio Sanz, Sarah Silverman, and David Cross). Billy Bob Thorton has developed something of a mid-career cottage industry playing foul-mouthed S.O.Bs; Heder has the lovably awkward dork down to a twitch-filled science (his panic attacks nearly induce the same in the audience); and while former REAL WORLD LONDON cast member Jacinda Barrett is stuck in the somewhat restrictive girlfriend role as Amanda, she's genuinely charming and effervescent. Fans of the early-2000s "frat pack"-style comedies should find much to amuse them in SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS.
- Leading Role 1Sarah Silverman
- Director 1Todd Phillips
- Leading Role 2David Cross
- Leading Role 3Paul Scheer
- Additional Roles byMatt Walsh,Billy Bob Thornton,Ben Stiller,Jacinda Barrett,Michael Clarke Duncan,Horatio Sanz,Todd Louiso,Jon Heder
- ProducerTodd Phillips,Dan Goldberg
- ScreenwriterTodd Phillips,Scot Armstrong,Patricia Moyes,Hal E. Chester
- Score ComposerChristophe Beck
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2007
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time103 minutes
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- council_tax18 Dec, 2009by
Hillarious! had me crying with laughter
I saw a trailor for this movie when i was watching the Trailor park boys movie, and it can't of been very big in the UK because i'd missed it. but it said 'from the makers of "Old School" so i knew it would be funny. and it was exactly the same humor, definatly worth a watch!
- amanboza15 Jan, 2009by
school for scoundrels dvd review
i purchased this item as a christmas present for someone,but couldnt resist watching it before i wrapped it. fantastically funny!very creative storyline with loads of humour! i recieved similar review from the person it was intended for too. watch it,i promise you'll be tickled from start to finish.
- 2352graham10 Sep, 2008by
The original version has always been a favorite of mine and so when a new version was released i looked forward to viewing it.Although not as good as the original both my family and i enjoyed the film.In fact my youngest daugher (12years)prefers this latest offering.
- cmckenna197611 Jun, 2008by
school for scoundrels
If you liked napoleon dynamite youll love this. Funny, well acted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
- danniibares23 Mar, 2008by
Schook for Scoundrels...
What do you do when you don’t know how to woo the woman of your dreams? You call someone like Hitch. If you didn’t see the Will Smith romantic comedy, understand that Hitch is the guy who will show you the moves you need to win the heart of your beloved. If your goal is a little less lofty and you’ll settle for someone who will just help you land a date, you need the School for Scoundrels. Roger (John Heder) falls into that second category. His job as a mini-cart driving New York meter maid earns him a lot of confrontation that he is completely incapable of handling. He owns an impressive collection of self-help books and videos, none of which seem to be working. A problem with chronic panic attacks prevents him from making a good impression on his apartment neighbor Amanda (Jacinda Barrett) but provides plenty of opportunity for antagonizing from her sarcastic roommate (Sarah Silverman). The last straw comes when he is rejected by the third kid in a row in the Big Brother program. To sum it up: Roger is a total loser and he just can’t take it anymore. This kind of role is nothing new for Heder. At the risk of sounding trite, it feels like he’s once again fallen back on parts of his Napoleon Dynamite style. Roger could be how Napoleon would turn out if he moved to New York after graduating high school. It works in Heder’s favor though. The same quirky qualities, nerdy nasality and awkward confidence that made Napoleon such an unsuspecting hero also make Roger the kind of guy you want to root for. His friend Ian (David Cross) recognizes Roger’s loserdom and offers the phone number of someone who once helped him out. When Roger calls the number he finds himself enrolled in a mysterious and abusive course for the socially inept. The unorthodox program, taught by the greasy “Dr. P” (Billy Bob Thornton) and his violent assistant Lesher (Michael Clark Duncan), promises to take each loser and turn him into a roaring lion, able to take what he wants at will. For Roger, it’s simple: he just wants to win Amanda’s heart. Early along Roger displays a talent for the qualities Dr. P is trying to instill. His big breakthrough comes in the form of a victory over the terrifying Lesher during a particularly brutal (but absolutely hilarious) no-holds-barred paint ball battle. Ian warns Roger not to get too cocky though. Dr. P has a penchant for putting the screws to his top students, seeking to break them by taking from them what they want most. Sure enough, Dr. P begins moving in on Amanda and the result is a comedic battle of wills between the doc and Roger that pushes the limits right to the bitter end. Thornton and Heder have a great competitive chemistry that echoes the classic combination of Michael Caine and Steve Martin in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. School for Scoundrels never quite reaches the same level of wit, but replaces it with more slapstick humor and a riotous supporting cast that includes Todd Louiso, Horatio Sanz and Ben Stiller. The comedy only really fails during the brief times it wanders without commitment into the realm of the seriously vulgar. It’s the type of humor that only works when the whole story plunges to that level. In this movie it’s too out of place and falls flat against the wittier comic bits. The rest of the film is surprisingly entertaining for something released during the September doldrums. A pleasant “back to school” gift for all you college bound Heder fans, this will give you smiles enough Read full review
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