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Director: Todd Phillips     Starring: Jon Heder Billy Bob Thornton
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203522976
UPC: 796019797153
UPC 14: 00796019797153
Category Keywords: Remake  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Life's a Game. Learn How to Play.
A young guy short on his luck, enrolls in a class to build confidence to help win over the girl of his dreams, which becomes complicated when his teacher has the same agenda.

"As usual, Thornton remains fully committed to the performance.  Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
"You'll enjoy yourself.  M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian
"Uproarious and unexpectedly biting.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Dr. P (Billy Bob Thornton) runs a SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS at which luckless men are given a crash course in the ways of the alpha male. Dishing out trite but, to the men involved, revelatory advice about how to "initiate confrontation" and "lie, lie, and lie some more," Dr. P turns his students into virile studs who hide their still-lingering insecurities behind sunglasses and absurd bluster. When one student, the kindhearted but painfully awkward Roger (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE's Jon Heder), has too easy of a time capturing the girl of his dreams, Dr. P's competitive streak goes off the charts and a battle between teacher and student ensues. After an exchange of several pranks, each with increased maliciousness and consequence, one of the two fellas lands the girl.

While SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (based on a British comedy from the 1960s, and co-written and directed by Todd Phillips) doesn't reach the rambunctious fever pitch of OLD SCHOOL (also directed by Phillips) or contain the oddly endearing, near-sublime vulgarity of THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, it does have its fair share of laughs. The primary redeeming quality of the film is its excellent cast, which features various alumni of THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and MR. SHOW (including Matt Walsh, Paul Scheer, Horatio Sanz, Sarah Silverman, and David Cross). Billy Bob Thorton has developed something of a mid-career cottage industry playing foul-mouthed S.O.Bs; Heder has the lovably awkward dork down to a twitch-filled science (his panic attacks nearly induce the same in the audience); and while former REAL WORLD LONDON cast member Jacinda Barrett is stuck in the somewhat restrictive girlfriend role as Amanda, she's genuinely charming and effervescent. Fans of the early-2000s "frat pack"-style comedies should find much to amuse them in SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Rated PG13, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/16/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 79715
Video UPC UPC: 00796019797153
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review School for Scoundrels - DVD
By: Matt McKillop filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/5/2007 8:27 PM
In School for Scoundrels, director Todd Phillips (Road Trip) proves that his truest virtue is also his greatest vice. Most comedies made in Hollywood today are stuffed to the gills with joke after joke after joke, with seemingly little regard for whether the humor actually works. In the bizarre logic of studio filmmaking, a lame joke is better than no joke at all....read the full review
Expert Review School for Scoundrels (Unrated Ballbuster Edition) - DVD
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/14/2007 8:35 PM
Todd Phillips just might be the best comedic director to appear on the scene for years. First he revived the road trip and frat-house comedy sub-genres (Road Trip and Old School respectively). Then he made one of those rare television to film adaptations that was actually pretty good (Starsky & Hutch). For his latest trick, School for Scoundrels, he manages to accomplish something that was previously thought impossible: getting a decent performance out of Jon Heder, an actor whose fifteen minutes of fame should have ended after Napoleon Dynamite. ...read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Stiller
Video Cast Info Billy Bob Thornton
Video Cast Info Horatio Sanz
Video Cast Info Jacinda Barrett
Video Cast Info Jon Heder
Video Cast Info Luis Guzman
Video Cast Info Michael Clarke Duncan
Video Cast Info Sarah Silverman
Video Cast Info Christophe Beck - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Dan Schalk - Editor
Video Cast Info Daniel Goldberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jonathan Brown - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Leslie Jones - Editor
Video Cast Info Scot Armstrong - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Scott Meehan - Art Director
Video Cast Info Stephen Potter - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Todd Phillips - Director
Video Cast Info Todd Phillips - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Jon Heder gives an enormously winning performance as the geeky, self-effacing parking meter man who gains confidence under the tutelage of the conniving Billy Bob Thornton." 09/01/2006 p.101

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "Thornton is fiendishly funny, lacing his charm with a cruelty that spares no one....Thornton and Heder keep you howling." 10/05/2006 p.78

Sight and Sound
"Jon Heder is oddly sweet both as the put-upon Roger and the more dashing later version....There is effective comic creation here..." 03/01/2007 p.74

Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he cast winningly handle those two humour essentials -- love and violence." 08/01/2007 p.124

Reel.com 8 of 10
Jon Heder is no longer sporting frizzy hair and moon boots and breathing through his mouth; he's Roger, the shy meter maid (man?) in Todd Phillips' wickedly funny School for Scoundrels. And if anything, he's an even bigger nerd than Napoleon Dynamite. At least Napoleon has an over-abundance of self-confidence...As long as the movie stays focused on the competition between Roger and Dr. P, it is hilarious. Less a fight between stags, this is the dust-up that ensues when a bunny rabbit throws down against the wolf that wants to devour him and takes advantage of the resulting surprise. Elmer Fudd could have explained it to Dr. P: You have to watch out for those wascally wabbits, especially after you've made them hopping mad. - Pam Grady

The Village Voice 8 of 10
The latest from Old School director Todd Phillips updates the 1960 original (which was based on Stephen Potter's series of how-to-get-ahead novels) about a man of little confidence who enrolls in a class he believes will teach him self- reliance; it's Bad Santa meets Napoleon Dynamite, quite literally...Thornton, who found his nasty niche in Bad Santa only to seem terribly lost in Bad News Bears, doesn't repeat himself here. Dr. P is a classy, cool brand of vile - the demented drill sergeant in a designer suit. And Heder, cast in the role of the invisible man, is fine too. The movie wouldn't work without someone as nondescript as Heder, because you can buy him as a do-nothing, go-nowhere man; he's perfectly, wonderfully forgettable, appropriate for a movie like this. - Robert Wilonsky

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Thornton,Billy Bob
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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