School for Scoundrels (2006)
USA / English
"Too nice? Too honest? Too *you*? Help is on the way. "A young guy short on 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.
like walking a tightrope
School for Scoundrels seems undecided whether it wants to be a (yawn)
conventional romantic comedy, or a quirky offbeat indie picture more
typical of its stars Jon Heyder and Billy Bob Thornton. The presence of
Sarah Silverman in the cast made me expect more of the latter, but
alas, she is as underused in this plot as she was in School of Rock - a
few biting moments, but not enough screen time. Jacinda Barrett is
ornamental as the obvious love interest, but sleep walks through the
part. There is no explanation of her motivations for behaviour that
leaps over hugely improbable plot gaps (none atypical of the rom com
genre. Billy Bob is consistently restrained but over the top at once -
more Bad Santa than Astronaut Farmer. Heyder seems misused, misdirected
or miscast. Having outgrown the high school roles, he seems uncertain
whether he is Tom Hanks boyish leading man, or Mathew Broderick's
adolescent twit in an adult body.
There are enough plot twists to keep the movie vaguely amusing, but it
never grows wings and soars above the ordinary.
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