Mr. Woodcock

2007, Comedy, 1h 27m

112 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Underutilizing a talented cast, Mr. Woodcock lacks the comic energy and timing to make the most of its intriguing premise. Read critic reviews

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John Farley (Seann William Scott), a self-help author, returns to his hometown and makes a shocking discovery: His mother (Susan Sarandon) is about to marry his former gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton), a man who made John's life a living hell during his high-school years. John sets out to prevent history from repeating itself by stopping his mother's marriage to his nemesis.

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  • Sep 22, 2015
    With a strong cast I did expect more than just an average comedy with a story thats been done quite a few times, There was some nice laughs but nothing really new and a predictable tired ending doesn't help, The cast were good but I think it was just an easy paycheck for them, Not a bad comedy but it's not one of them we will remember in years to come.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    There were funny parts in the movie, but its so dumb and bad its hard to even remotely like this movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    "Mr. Woodcock" does nothing new. It relies on standard jokes, formulas, and cliches and tries to combine the three to make a worthwhile film. Well, it isn't. But it's not as bad as you've heard it is.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2011
    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.
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