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School for Scoundrels

School for Scoundrels

3.5 2
Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett


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Old School director Todd Phillips takes the reins for an updated remake of the 1960 comedy, this time starring Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as Roger, a lovelorn meter reader who enrolls in a confidence-building class in order to win


Old School director Todd Phillips takes the reins for an updated remake of the 1960 comedy, this time starring Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as Roger, a lovelorn meter reader who enrolls in a confidence-building class in order to win the love of his dream girl, and Billy Bob Thornton as Dr. P, the scheming, egomaniacal teacher who has designs of his own for the attractive young female. The rivalry soon spins out of control, as pranks and insults fly fast and furiously in a battle to determine the ultimate "guy's guy."

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In this raucously humorous romp, Napoleon Dynamite's gangly and gawky Jon Heder essays a similar role: an innocuous, ineffective young man who’s never taken seriously by the people he wants to impress most. As Roger, a New York-based male “meter maid,” he’s got the hots for the gorgeous and charming Amanda (Jacinda Barrett). Enrolling in a class designed to boost his self-confidence by “unleashing the inner lion,” Roger locks horns with his anything-but-sympathetic instructor, “Dr. P” (Billy Bob Thornton), who has designs on Amanda himself. The bulk of the film’s laughs derive from the back-and-forth pranks teacher and pupil play on each other to secure an advantage. The sleazy, unprincipled Dr. P is a great character for Thornton, who clearly ranks as Hollywood's go-to grouch for such misanthropic roles. But Heder proves entirely capable of sharing the screen with his more accomplished costar, and he skillfully invests Roger with the likability necessary to ensure audience identification. There’s no denying that most of the humor is mean-spirited and coarse: Whenever the pace flags, for instance, director Todd Phillips (Old School) calls for a male character to get hit between the legs. Accept it for the in-your-face comedy that it is, though, and School for Scoundrels rewards with broad laughs.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate ending; Gag reel; The making-of You Didn't See On TV; Feature commentary with writer/director Todd Phillips and writer Scot Armstrong; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Dr. P
Jon Heder Roger
Jacinda Barrett Amanda
Michael Clarke Duncan Lesher
Luis Guzman Sergeant Moorehead
David Cross Ian
Horatio Sanz Diego
Sarah Silverman Becky
Matt Walsh Walsh
Todd Louiso Eli
Jon Glaser Actor
Paul Scheer Actor
Ben Stiller Actor
DeRay Davis Actor
Dan Fogler Actor

Technical Credits
Todd Phillips Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William Aldridge Special Effects Supervisor
Scot Armstrong Screenwriter
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
Scott Budnick Co-producer
Joe Camp Asst. Director
Hal E. Chester Executive Producer
Nelson Coates Production Designer
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Leslie Jones Editor
J. Geyer Kosinski Producer
Alicia MacCarone Set Decoration/Design
Craig Mazin Executive Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Scott Meehan Art Director
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Joann Perritano Co-producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Annette Savitch Associate Producer
Daniel Schalk Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- School for Scoundrels
1. School for Scoundrels [4:48]
2. Worst Student [8:47]
3. King of the Jungle [7:33]
4. Initiate Confrontation [3:11]
5. Every Man for Himself [11:20]
6. Slam Dunk [1:31]
7. Be Dangerous [5:37]
8. Be Careful [4:08]
9. Game On [4:55]
10. Double Fault [4:43]
11. Paranoid Behavior [4:07]
12. Like the Wind [3:13]
13. Lonnie [1:40]
14. Busted [6:32]
15. Masters Program [10:57]
16. End Credits [13:17]


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School for Scoundrels 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was pretty clever at first but once it got into mr.p wanting his girlfriend it got distorted although it had a pretty good theme
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a Billy Bob fan so forgive me if I'm bias toward this movie. While it certainly isn't the best comedy this year, it does have some good moments.