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School for Scoundrels
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Starring: Jon Heder, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Matt Walsh, Horatio Sanz, Jacinda Barrett
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: The Weinstein Company
Web Site: www.schoolforscoundrels-movie.com
Kiddie Movie: They probably won't get it.
Date Movie: Only if you hate them.
Gratuitous Sex: Some THO's, but that's about it.
Gratuitous Violence: Slapstick.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: There's a chuckle here and there.
Memorable Scene: The paintball fight was pretty funny.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Produced By: Daniel Goldberg, Geyer Kosinski, Todd Phillips

School for Scoundrels
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:41 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Donít you hate it when a trailer doesnít live up to the actual movie? I know I do, and sadly, this time it was for a movie that seemed to have a lot of promise, or at least some, in the likes of "School for Scoundrels." Hereís the story.

Roger (Jon Heder) is a loser. Wait a minute, as Dr. P. (Billy Bob Thornton) explains it, Roger isnít a loser. Losers are those who actually attempt to achieve a goal yet fail. Roger, sadly, hasnít even tried to do anything. Heís in a crappy job, gets panic attacks at the drop of a hat, and even the kids at the local center looking for Big Brothers donít want him as a brother. Life pretty much sucks for Roger, and then he is given a mysterious phone number for a mysterious self-help class taught by the mysterious Dr. P. and his assistant Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan). And so Dr. P. begins his attempt to transform a class of insecure sad-sacks into men of the world, as long as they donít get too confident in their own right. Dr. P. does so by having his class, at any given time, start a confrontation (even if it means getting a swirly (and how many grown men actually give others swirlies anymore?)), have a paintball tournament, and learn how to pick up women with such brilliant advice as "lie, lie, and lie some more." But Dr. P.ís methods do work a bit as Roger finally gets up the nerve to ask out his neighbor, Amanda (Jacinda Barrett), and they actually have a good time. Suddenly Roger is too confident for Dr. P., so the bad doctor decides he must truly destroy Rogerís life in much the same way we find out he destroyed a previous studentís life, in this case said student being Lonnie (Ben Stiller).

And the war is on.

Dr. P. woos Amanda and makes Amanda think Roger is a serial killer. Roger impounds Dr. P.ís car. Dr. P. gets Roger fired. Blah, blah, blah. In all honesty their war is pretty lame, and yea, Roger ends up with Amanda, but by this time, who really cares?

Somehow something went wrong with "School for Scoundrels." I donít know if it was because somehow ass-rape was introduced, I donít know if it was the painting of a dog (alright, that was sort of funny), I donít know if it was the introduction of Lonnie, and I donít know if it was just that the "war" between Dr. P. and Roger wasnít that creative. All I do know is that for a movie that had a ton of potential, with Dr. P. being the total alpha-male to a bunch of dorks, it was actually when Dr. P. and Roger started fighting over Amanda that the movie turned from sort of cute to mostly stupid.

I did laugh a couple of times, but for the most part Iíve got to say you should be waiting for cable to catch "School for Scoundrels." Itís 1 Ĺ stars out of 5 for this movie.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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