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.

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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.
PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference)
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Billy Bob Thornton
as Mr. Woodcock
Seann William Scott
as John Farley
Susan Sarandon
as Beverly
Amy Poehler
as Maggie
Lyle Kanouse
as Carnie No. 1
Kurt Fuller
as Councilman Luke
Jennifer Aspen
as Cindy the Realtor
Zia Harris
as Burn Out
Ethan Suplee
as Nedderman
Brent Briscoe
as Barber No. 2
Tyra Banks
as Herself
Melissa Leo
as Sally Jansen
Scott Adsit
as Cheesy Salesman
Max Van Ville
as Pizza Waiter
M.C. Gainey
as Hal, Barber No. 1
Héctor A. García
as Hispanic Kid
Brad Beyer
as Jay Elms--Dumb Jock
Googy Gress
as Earnest Man
Josh Shada
as Schwartz
Allisyn Ashley Arm
as Scout Girl
Logan Grove
as Birthday Kid
Lindsay Ballew
as Tall Brunette
Emily Wagner
as Cheery Woman
Bill Macy
as Mr. Woodcock's Dad
Jack Walsh
as Palumbo
Paul Johnson
as Announcer
Jacob Davich
as Nedderman's Brother
Craig Gellis
as Tough Guy No.2
Van Epperson
as Carnie No. 2
Ralph Lister
as Scientist
Kip Martin
as Heartland Rocker
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Housewife
Pedro Otero
as Airplane Pilot
Dan John Miller
as Family Man
Barbara Perry
as Old Woman
Scott Stewart
as Farley Fan
Archie Hahn III
as Gym Teacher
Hallie Singleton
as Makeup Artist
Bryant Carroll
as Tough Guy
Michael Santorico
as Waiter at Barone's
Dave Kuhr
as Bookish Guy
Alec George
as Young Nedderman
Brett Smrz
as Dunigan
Sean Dwyer
as Paramedic
Carissa Koutantzis
as Farley Stalker
Karl Hamann
as Trekkie
Sam Stefanski
as Pizza Waiter
Beth Gargan
as Manly Woman
Kyley Baldridge
as Young Farley
Joseph Michael Sargent
as Young Watson
Corbin Albaugh
as Kreamer
Michael Mishaw
as Lounge Singer
David L.M. McIntyre
as Hopeful Man
Jacob Christopher
as Young Teenager
Leonard Concepcion
as Airplane Pilot
Kavi Ladner
as Official Woman
Tim Frisbie
as Older Man
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Woodcock

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (28)

A dreary and depressing alleged comedy that takes a talented cast and a promising germ of an idea, and kills it dead.

September 18, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.

September 14, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Between Mr. Thornton's wry performance and Tami Reiker's nuanced wide-screen photography, you half-expect Woodcock to deliver more than formulaic laughs.

September 14, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

This movie makes a much better case study for aspiring entertainment executives than it does a cinematic experience. What it most emphatically is not is a date movie.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

While two novice screenwriters are officially credited with the script, the movie lurches around like something assembled by committee.

September 14, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This film apparently sat around for a few years before being released. It's unlikely to make waves now, but Thornton and Scott do set off a few entertaining ripples.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
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
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
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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