Mr.Woodcock (Blu-ray)

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Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, and Susan Sarandon star in the outrageous comedy Mr. Woodcock. Scott stars as John Farley, a self-help author who returns to his hometown only to discover that his mother (Sarandon) has fallen in love with his old high school nemesis, Mr. Woodcock (Thornton) -- the gruff, no-nonsense gym teacher who had put him through years of mental and physical humiliation. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself, John sets out to stop his mother from marrying the man who had made life miserable for him and his classmates. Mr. Woodcock also features a strong supporting cast including Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) and Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl).

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Studio New Line
SKU 206526519
UPC 794043112980
UPC 14 00794043112980
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Exercise
High School Experiences
Marriage
Theatrical Release
Weddings
Editors Note
Note With BAD SANTA, Billy Bob Thornton proved he was willing to go all the way--no holds barred--in portraying unsympathetic, foulmouthed jerks. Here he brings that same skill to bear as the title character, a sadistic junior high school gym teacher who is every uncoordinated or overweight student's worst nightmare. Best-selling author of self-help books, Farley (Sean William Scott) thinks the tortures he's suffered at the hands of Woodcock are just the stuff of traumatic childhood memory (such as being told, "You are a disgrace to fat, gelatinous kids the world over"), until he goes home to Nebraska to pick up an award and learns his widowed mother (Susan Sarandon) is in love with the man who made him miserable all those years ago. Farley recruits his unkempt buddy (Ethan Suplee) in a series of backfiring schemes to wreak some belated vengeance and expose Woodcock before the nuptials are sealed. There's plenty of nasty repartee between Scott and Thornton and some funny-disturbing bits from side characters, like Farley's ferocious publicist (Amy Poehler) and Bill Macy as Woodcock's even more sadistic father. Sarandon brings a lot of touching innocence to the table as a sheltered widow daring to feel love again, and Scott does some nice squirming and pratfalls. But of course it's Thornton's movie all the way--he grabs the ball and never lets it go, unless of course it's to hurl it at some poor kid's head.
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Sight and Sound "MR. WOODCOCK has an excellent premise and some funny one-liners....Susan Sarandon plays the mother, Beverly, just right." 12/01/2007 p.82
Directors
Craig Gillespie
Actors
Billy Bob Thornton
Susan Sarandon
Seann William Scott
Cast & Crew
Alan Baumgarten - Editor
Alison Sadler - Production Designer
Amy Poehler - Actor
Billy Bob Thornton - Actor
Bob Cooper - Producer
Craig Gillespie - Director
Ethan Suplee - Actor
Gaston Langer - Art Director
James F. Truesdale - Art Director
Josh Gilbert - Writer
Kent Alterman - Executive Producer
Kevin Tent - Editor
M.C. Gainey - Actor
Melissa Sagemiller - Actor
Michael Carnes - Writer
Seann William Scott - Actor
Susan Sarandon - Actor
Tami Reiker - Cinematographer
Theodore Shapiro - Original Music By
Tyra Banks - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000036716
UPC 00794043112980
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 88 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Billy Bob Thornton is in full "Bad Santa" mode in "Mr. Woodcock," an uneasy comedy about an adult who returns home to discover his mother is planning to marry the gym teacher who made his high school days a living hell. The thing about Thornton is, he makes no compromises and takes no prisoners when he plays guys like Woodcock. He's a hateful bastard, and he means it...To laugh at parts of this film would indicate one has a streak of Woodcockism in oneself. But to gaze in stupefied fascination is perfectly understandable. That's what makes Thornton such a complex actor. He can play a tough coach like the one in "Friday Night Lights" as a three-dimensional human being, and then make Mr. Woodcock into a monster. And hey, why, after all these years, hasn't Woodcock ever been promoted to a coaching position? Maybe because he likes to be a bully and the football players might beat him bloody...Anyway, all is resolved in a rather contrived ending that might have something to do with the film's three weeks of reshoots, as reported by Patrick Goldstein in the L.A. Times and documented on IMDb. I would have been happier if young John Farley had torn his positive thinking book to shreds, slammed Mr. Woodcock in the gut with a medicine ball, and told him to drop and give him 50 quick ones or he'd do it again.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Thornton,Billy Bob
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Kyle Smith, New York Post The insult comedy is sometimes brilliant.
Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter ...a great premise...expert performances.

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