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School for Scoundrels (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 29 September 2006 (USA)
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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.



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An unlucky meter reader enrolls in a confidence-building class so he can win the love of the girl of his dreams. The class turns out to be something quite different when it becomes clear to the young man that his professor has his sights set on the same girl. Written by Jeremy Caesar

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sexual content, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Better Man  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,602,333 (USA) (29 September 2006)


$17,803,796 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Diego (Horatio Sanz) says, "Things are going to change, I can feel it," quoting Beck's song, "Loser." See more »


In the first scene with Lonnie in his house, he says he was in the Air Force. In the last scene, he is flying and steps out of a helicopter. He clearly wearing a US Navy flight suit. In the U.S. Air Force, squadron patches go on the left shoulder while the Air Combat Command patch (which all USAF pilots wear) goes on the right chest. On Lonnie's flight suit, his squadron patch on his right chest, and it is for VFA-41 "Black Aces". The Black Aces are a U.S. Navy Fighter Strike Squadron utilizing the F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet. The Black Aces were commissioned in 1945 and have never had helicopters assigned to their squadron. See more »


Lesher: Manila. Dr. P specifically said manila. This is off-white.
Roger: Sorry.
Lesher: Sorry doesn't make it manila.
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Remake of School for Scoundrels (1960) See more »


Written by Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett
Performed by Wolfmother
Courtesy of Modular / Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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22 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adequately entertaining. Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder make mildly interesting, obviously unmatched adversaries. Talented supporting cast also supplies some interest, but no character is fully developed. Michael Clarke Duncan comes the closest, but his hostility, his back story, his orientation is unexplained and sometimes inexplicable. Jacinda Barrett plays a nice girl, and does a nice job. Some laughs, interrupted by huge plot holes. What is Sarah Silverman doing, except being nasty?

The premise is funny. Who hasn't felt like "the nice guy who finishes last", with the exception of people like the self-proclaimed "Doctor P", Billy Bob Thornton, who teaches the class of the weak and the meek to become lions. The overall mediocrity of the mess is pretty much attributable to director Todd Phillips ("Old School", "Starsky and Hutch"). Wait for the DVD, and rent it for $1.00; don't buy it.

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