School for Scoundrels

2006, Romance, 1h 40m

140 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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

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In the hope of winning the woman of his dreams, Amanda (Jacinda Barrett), a lovelorn meter-reader (Jon Heder) enrolls in a confidence-building class. The course's title takes on much more meaning when he discovers that he and his egomaniacal professor Dr. P (Billy Bob Thornton) both love the beautiful woman. They begin a fierce rivalry that quickly spirals out of control, their pranks and insults get uglier as they try to prove who is the ultimate guy's guy.

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  • Jul 11, 2012
    A interesting cast, but without a good screenplay the result just could be an unfunny romantic comedy. Rotten.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2011
    full of talent but no where as good as old school or road trip. the story is terribly clunky and just unfunny
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    Decent actors, bad script.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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