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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.
Billy Bob Thornton Dr. P
Jon Heder Roger
Jacinda Barrett Amanda
Michael Clarke Duncan Lesher
Sarah Silverman Becky
David Cross Ian
Matt Walsh Walsh
Horatio Sanz Diego
Todd Louiso Eli
Jon Glaser Ernie
Paul Scheer Little Pete
Ben Stiller Lonnie
Luis Guzmán Sargeant Moorehead
Dan Fogler Zack
DeRay Davis Bee Bee
Director: Todd Phillips
Producer: Daniel Goldberg,Geyer Kosinski,Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips,Scot Armstrong
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.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 6.0
Musician: Christophe Beck
Running time: 108 min (unrated version)
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3