Mr. Woodcock (2007)



Critic Consensus: Underutilizing a talented cast, Mr. Woodcock lacks the comic energy and timing to make the most of its intriguing premise.

Movie Info

When an author (Seann William Scott) learns that his mother (Susan Sarandon) is planning on exchanging vows with the high school gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton) who made his life a living hell, he races home to stop the nuptials from taking place at any cost in this comedy from first-time feature film director Craig Gillespie.

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Carnes, Josh Gilbert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2008
Box Office: $25.8M
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as Mr. Woodcock

as Nedderman

as Nedderman's Brother

as Young Farley

as Young Nedderman

as Hal, Barber No. 1

as Barber No. 2

as Bookish Guy

as Housewife

as Councilman Luke

as Waiter at Barone's

as Schwartz

as Sally Jansen

as Cindy the Realtor

as Carnie No. 1

as Burn Out

as Jay Elms--Dumb Jock

as Lounge Singer

as Scout Girl

as Cheery Woman

as Earnest Man

as Herself

as Young Teenager

as Cheesy Salesman

as Carnie No. 2

as Makeup Artist

as Farley Fan

as Airplane Pilot

as Airplane Pilot

as Farley Stalker

as Dunigan

as Pizza Waiter

as Pizza Waiter

as Mr. Woodcock's Dad

as Old Woman

as Palumbo

as Announcer

as Heartland Rocker

as Tough Guy

as Manly Woman

as Tough Guy No.2

as Hispanic Kid

as Tall Brunette

as Paramedic

as Family Man

as Trekkie

as Official Woman

as Older Man

as Birthday Kid

as Scientist

as Gym Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Woodcock

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (29)

Mr Woodcock is ok as far as predictable, low-brow Hollywood comedies are concerned, and it's considerably elevated by its above average cast.

Full Review… | July 12, 2008
Urban Cinefile

O longa não apenas acaba se revelando terrivelmente sem graça como também assusta por sua moral torta, condizente com a do personagem-título.

Full Review… | March 15, 2008
Cinema em Cena

we're stuck with Amy Poehler telling us she's an alcoholic and an unaware Susan Sarandon watching two men act like idiots, which unfortunately isn't funny at all.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

...a tedious and hackneyed effort that surely (and hopefully) marks Billy Bob Thornton's final appearance as a comedically misanthropic curmudgeon...

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

The whole film is like a depressing nightmare.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Apparently, Billy Bob Thornton has embraced the idea of appealing to the lowest possible common denominator. How else can you explain his presence in another bad taste bottom-feeder which might have been better titled Bad Gym Teacher, ala Bad Santa?

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Sly Fox

Audience Reviews for Mr. Woodcock

If you're looking for Billy Bob Thornton's worst film, Mr. Woodcock is probably the one. I felt that Mr. Woodcock lacked anything funny or interesting that would make it a memorable comedy. The acting here sucks, and both Sean William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton give lazy performances and are actually quite boring to watch. The laughs are minimal. The film fails on being anything effective in its humor. The jokes feel forced, uninspired and they get old very quick. The acting suffers as well, and Thornton basically plays the same character he's played in previous films. With the exception with a rewrite, Thornton's character in this film is no different than previous characters that he's played. I felt that Mr. Woodcock was a missed opportunity to create a good comedy, and it might have worked if the story didn't really rely on Billy Bob's usual asshole image. Unfortunately the film relies only on that, instead of focusing on other elements which could have improved the film significantly. The film could have been a memorable comedy, and Billy Bob is a funny guy, but the script is too sloppy and unimpressive to really be entertaining. This is one of the weakest comedies starring Billy Bob Thornton, he's the right guy for this type of role, but the film relies too much on his asshole persona and doesn't do anything to really make the film interesting by exploring other ideas with plot.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


An average comedy with a strong cast line up. Pretty much run of the mill jokes about the son who disapproves of his Mum's new man. It turns out to be the gym instructor who made his life hell at school. Has a few funny moments but not nearly enough of them, especially for the talented line up!

Dean King

Super Reviewer


There were funny parts in the movie, but its so dumb and bad its hard to even remotely like this movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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