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Mr. Woodcock
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Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: New Line Cinema
Web Site: www.woodcockmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: It's not good for them.
Date Movie: It's not good for them either.
Gratuitous Sex: Lot's of talk and a bouncing bed, but creepy.
Gratuitous Violence: Some son vs. future Dad-In-Law fighting.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Three good ones.
Memorable Scene: When John goes with Jasper to meet Jasper's dad.
Memorable Quote: Nothin'
Directed By: Craig Gillespie
Produced By: Bob Cooper, David Dobkin

Mr. Woodcock
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:27 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 movie.

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 relationship.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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