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Mr. Woodcock (2007)

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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.

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Cast

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

½

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

½

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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