School for Scoundrels Reviews
Billy-Bob does sarcastically irritating exceptionally well.
The film kind of reminded me of Anger Management , but with more of a twist.
- Can we please get everyone laid first!? I swear, if anyone of you get a handjob out of this... I'm a miracleworker."
Ever since 'Napoleon Dynamite', I've considered myself a fan of Jon Heder. Ok, he hasn't accomplished the same level of perfection as in 'Dynamite' but I enjoy watching his movies.
Heder plays Roger, a meter maid from NY. He suffers from panic attacks and doesn't get along that well with people. A typical loser you might say. After he gets rejected out from a Big Brother program, he gets an advice from a friend. There's a course driven by a Doctor P that does wonders to those who have no self-esteem. To his friend it did miracles. What about Roger then?
This film's biggest asset is its cast. Wonderful casting to a light comedy. Heder does once again a nice performance of a sweet, innocent guy but one actor manages to steal the show completely. Yes, Billy Bob Thornton that is. This film would be so much worse if it didn't have Thornton in it. Ever since 'Bad Santa', I've considered him to be a very underrated comedian. His performance does resemble his 'Bad Santa' character a bit but the way he speaks, uses his facial expressions, is somewhat of a perfect fit to the movie.
'School for Scoundrels' features also a lot of lesser known comedians. David Cross ('Kung Fu Panda', 'Arrested Development' series) and Todd Louiso ('High Fidelity') are always a joy to look at and the same can be said of Sarah Silverman. And when Ben Stiller made a cameo.. I was sold! He manages always to put a smile on my face.
'School for Scoundrels' has a very funny script with a decent story. Many of us have had a crush on somebody but never had the balls to do anything about it. This film shows us one side, a very funny one, on how to deal with that issue. A lot of great scenes and dialogue with good performances makes this one a really fun ride! And Luis Guzman... Another guy who puts a smile on my face, any time.
"You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna leave that bitch! Walk out the door and start over. I don't care if she's my mother! There's a million other basements I can live in!"
What sounds like a great idea quickly turns into formula as the pair compete for the affections of the same woman. Does this sound familiar? That's because it was done in Anger Management a few years ago. At this point it crashes into the ground and by the last twenty minutes you wonder how Heder has a career in Hollywood at all. A big disappointment.
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.
This is a very, very typical movie. As soon as one sees the leading lady, the plot outline is clear: guy charms lady, guy seemingly betrays lady, guy gives speech, guy gets girl in the end. It's annoying how, in a movie filled with actors I love, they couldn't manage anything over okay.
Don't be mistaken, though; there are some very funny moments in the movie. Seeing Heder nail Billy Bob over and over again on the tennis court was probably the highlight of the movie for me. Some parts are so typical it hurts, though, like the ending in the airport. Every plot "twist" was so obvious that it had me laughing, in a bad way.
Funny, great plot, great actors, and a fun to watch film. I personally think it was Jon Heders best film yet.
In this PG-13-rated comedy, meek meter-maid Roger (Heder) enrolls in a top-secret self-esteem course taught by the cruel Dr. P (Thorton), who begins dating his student's girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett) as a confidence-builder.
Mostly because of the casting of Heder, even the decent jokes fall flat. Audiences did not need to see him in a lead role to cement the fact that he is a one-trick pony. His supporting turns in Just Like Heaven and Benchwarmers taught Hollywood that Napoleon Dynamite's star could only play, well, Napoleon Dynamite. The worms in Steve Guttenberg's stool have more comic skill than this scoundrel!
Bottom line: School of rot.