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School for Scoundrels (2006)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 104

School for Scoundrels squanders its talented cast with a formulaic, unfocused attempt at a romantic comedy that's neither romantic nor funny.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 26

School for Scoundrels squanders its talented cast with a formulaic, unfocused attempt at a romantic comedy that's neither romantic nor funny.

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Old School director Todd Phillips takes the reins for an updated remake of the 1960 comedy, this time starring Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as Roger, a lovelorn meter reader who enrolls in a confidence-building class in order to win the love of his dream girl, and Billy Bob Thornton as Dr. P, the scheming, egomaniacal teacher who has designs of his own for the attractive young female. The rivalry soon spins out of control, as pranks and insults fly fast and furiously in a battle to determine

Feb 13, 2007

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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (104) | DVD (17)

It's the stuff of simple comedy, but as frat-flicks go it's a return to form for director Todd Phillips.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Things get increasingly dopey in the final act, leading to an incredibly stupid ending, but I have to admit I laughed just enough to recommend School for Scoundrels.

October 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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You want it to be over long before the needless epilogue that fills you in on how all these freaks turned out.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It feels as if director Phillips was scrounging desperately for morsels with comic potential and came up empty-handed.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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School for Scoundrels is an exercise in advanced comedic embalming.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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While the film is demeaned by sight gags aimed at teenage boys, it has a smart center and delightful performances from Heder and Thornton.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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School for Scoundrels has some solid opportunities for real dark comedy, but blows most of them for maudlin romantic-comedy tripe, and the ones it does go for it never takes far enough.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Dismal comedy about nerds trying to be cool.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

School for Losers would have made a lot more sense.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...the film remains consistently watchable thanks to Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong's surprisingly clever screenplay and the uniformly effective performances.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

You might want to sign up for study hall instead.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

The only link to the original books is the name Dr P given to the foulmouthed teacher of a New York class offering assertiveness training to pathetic nerds. He's played by Billy Bob Thornton, which is rather like casting Burt Reynolds as Bertrand Russell.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It's funny at first, but then loses its way so badly that it somehow winds up as a high-tech espionage thriller.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

Only toward the end of the film do the hostilities reach a level of recklessness with any potential to be funny. If things had started at that pitch and been ramped up from there, Phillips might have had a movie worth making.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The comic sallies and set-pieces are very much at the wrong end of the bang-whimper spectrum.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Billy Bob phones in a below-par performance but still blows his young rival off the screen.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Unlike the original, this version is never sure whether it wants to go to the dark side or not.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Wearily spins straw out of its none-too-original premise.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Charmless, uncomprehending US remake.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's not funny; there were three laughs I counted over the entire course of the movie.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC Radio Five Live
BBC Radio Five Live

A choice cast fails to turn this woeful slapstick into the scathing attack on weak minds the film half promises.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Crass, obvious and largely unfunny - in fact just about everything the original film isn't.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The characters are one-dimensional, the plot makeshift, and the jokes unrelentingly cruel.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As a comedy it can never sustain itself, and while there are moments to enjoy, it is all pretty forgettable, which is a shame because the concept remains an amusing one.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

The performances ensure that this is never less than watchable but it's not as clever or as funny as it should have been.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Ben Stiller cameo apart, something's wrong when a proven comedic property and two well-matched stars can scarcely raise a titter.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for School for Scoundrels

A interesting cast, but without a good screenplay the result just could be an unfunny romantic comedy. Rotten.
July 11, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Todd Philips is pretty hit and miss as a director, he scored big with The Hangover, however with this remake, and he fails to bring something really funny to the screen. With a cast that comprises Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, you know what to expect. This film had bland, predictable jokes and it just ended up not being interesting. The film is poorly acted with a poor script, and everything is just lazy. Todd Phillips is a decent film maker, and he is able to make something funny, however with this film, he just doesn't have that energy to create something good for the viewer. Thornton's comedic delivery is really predictable, and it makes the film quite boring. In every comedic role he's done, he's played the same person. That goes with Jon Heder as well. I just think that both actors are one trick ponies in terms of comedy. Thornton was great in Bad Santa, but he basically used that character for Mr. Woodcock and his character in this one. The film, as far remakes are concerned, just doesn't cut it, and is one of those films that isn't worth your time. I haven't seen the original yet, so I can't compare, but this film just isn't good. School for Scoundrels isn't one of Phillips' best directorial efforts and along with The Hangover Part II, is one of his worst films. If you're looking for something really funny, you won't find it here. This film was just a big disappointment, one that could have been much better, but was pretty bad in the end. This isn't worth your time.
June 30, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Yep, I just can't get enough of Billy-Bob. The story was the completely reverse of what I thought it was going to be, which turned out to be a funnier concept.

Billy-Bob does sarcastically irritating exceptionally well.

The film kind of reminded me of Anger Management , but with more of a twist.
January 26, 2011
76Majikat

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B-
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