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Mr. Woodcock (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  14 September 2007 (USA)
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Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made high school hell for generations of students.


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Bookish Guy


Fatherless John Farley's youth frustration, even trauma, like many his school kids' in his Nebraska small town home, was the constant abuse and humiliation in sadistic Jasper Woodcock's gym class. After college, doting son John became a motivational bestseller author and returns during a book signing tour to receive the backwater's highest honor. To John's horror, his devoted mother Beverly announces her plans to marry the hated coach and he's to be celebrated on the same event as John. Only ridiculous fatso Nedderman and his strange brother try to help Farley stop Woodcock, but that keeps backfiring. Written by KGF Vissers

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Everyone takes P.E. Few survive. See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adivina con quién salgo  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,761,369 (USA) (14 September 2007)


$25,769,067 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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Did You Know?


Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton both disliked the film. Director Craig Gillespie also hated the end result, due to last-minute re-shoots done with another director (said director went uncredited, leaving Gillespie to take the blame). See more »


During the conversation in the bar between John and Maggie, the layout of hands, cell phone, glass and the amount of drinks changes several times between shots. See more »


John Farley: [quietly to Woodcock, as he seems stunned] Are you okay?
[slams him in the back with a chair]
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 15 September 2007 (2007) See more »


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Some laughs in a one dimensional tale thats been done before
14 October 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Self-help guru who hated his gym teacher goes home to find his mom engaged to said teacher, stilted merriment tries to ensue. The idea is sound the execution isn't. Woodcock, Billy Bob Thorton's gym teacher character is much too one dimensional to really work since he has one expression the whole time. Sean William Scott as the self help guru tries too hard to be wacky and falls on his face. Actually the script just doesn't work since its so obvious where its going. There are laughs and smiles despite of the lack of it all hanging together, and one "Whoa" nervous "oh crap he really got hurt" laugh towards the end. Worth a look on a slow night on cable where you'll be more forgiving of the dull bits on the way to the good ones.

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