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Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon
New Line Cinema
||It's not good for
||It's not good for
||Lot's of talk and
a bouncing bed, but creepy.
||Some son vs.
future Dad-In-Law fighting.
||Three good ones.
||When John goes
with Jasper to meet Jasper's dad.
||Bob Cooper, David
Thank God I wonít have to see the trailer for this movie
anymore. The movie is "Mr. Woodcock," and I donít know when
I saw the first trailer, though it must have been almost a
year ago, because at first this movie was set to be released
in January, some eight months ago. I did, originally, find
the trailer kinda funny, but with the movie getting bumped,
and bumped, and bumped, and with the trailer not changing,
any potential for this movie went away. The thing that bugs
me, though, is that could have been a funny and/or cute
A Movie Review
Hereís the premise.
As a younginí John Farley (Seann William Scott) was
constantly humiliated by Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton).
Actually, Mr. Woodcock humiliated pretty much every kid
lacking any athletic ability. But as he grew older John
wrote a self-help book and is on the verge of greatness,
especially with a potential Oprah booking. But Johnís dad is
dead, and mom, Beverly (Susan Sarandon), is looking for some loviní, and on a trip back home John finds out that mom is
getting that loviní from none other than Mr. Woodcock.
Hating Mr. Woodcock, John enlists the help of Nedderman
(Ethan Suplee from "My Name is Earl" fame) to break up the
And so John and Nedderman try to dig up dirt on Jasper
(thatís Mr. Woodcock), and of course, all of their digging
turns up information that isnít really correct.
God, why am I even wasting time on the premise of the
movie, especially when those making the movie didnít see the
simple equation of making this into a cute, funny film,
instead of trying to make it a "Bad Santa" meets, um, I
donít know, a movie about how you want to break up the
relationship your mom is supposed to have.
Like I said, the movie had some funny moments and a lot
of potential to be a nice comedy. When John met Jasperís dad
it was funny. When John was trying to get Jasper back to
Beverly during the parade it was funny. When John and Maggie
(Amy Pohler) were arguing during "The Tyra Banks Show" it
was funny. But when the movie made fun of the self-help
groupies it wasnít funny. When everyone at the pizza joint
commented about Mr. Woodcock boinking Beverly it wasnít
funny. When Nedderman was talking about shoving his face
between Beverlyís tits (and he said "tits") it wasnít funny.
And when John finally beat Mr. Woodcock during a
corncob-eating contest, that wasnít funny.
I guess, in the end, if they had actually treated this
movie like something in real life rather than pushing the
dorky "trying to be funny" motif, I probably would have
enjoyed this movie, but for the most part the jokes fell
flat. It was only when the characters felt almost like real
people that I enjoyed it.
I would have liked to give this movie a better rating,
but itís only 1 Ĺ stars out of 5. Too much potential is lost
by actually not living in a real world.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!