School For Scoundrels

Directed By: Todd Phillips Starring: Jon Heder Billy Bob Thornton

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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.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 203522976
UPC 796019797153
UPC 14 00796019797153
Format DVD
Release Date 9/16/2008
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
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.
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
Todd Phillips
Jon Heder
Billy Bob Thornton
Cast & Crew
Ben Stiller - Actor
Billy Bob Thornton - Actor
Christophe Beck - Original Music By
Dan Schalk - Editor
Daniel Goldberg - Producer
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Horatio Sanz - Actor
Jacinda Barrett - Actor
Jon Heder - Actor
Jonathan Brown - Cinematographer
Leslie Jones - Editor
Luis Guzman - Actor
Michael Clarke Duncan - Actor
Sarah Silverman - Actor
Scot Armstrong - Screenplay
Scott Meehan - Art Director
Stephen Potter - Based On Novel By
Todd Phillips - Director
Todd Phillips - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 79715
UPC 00796019797153
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Review 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.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review 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.
Reviewer Robert Wilonsky
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Rated PG13, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Thornton,Billy Bob
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club As usual, Thornton remains fully committed to the performance.
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian You'll enjoy yourself.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Uproarious and unexpectedly biting.

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