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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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Did You Know?


Director Todd Phillips first offered the lead role to Howard Stern (Phillips is a big Stern fan), but Stern had to turn it down because he was about to leave terrestrial radio for satellite radio and did not have the time to film a movie. The role eventually went to Billy Bob Thornton. See more »


When a drunken Roger falls on the bed after Amanda takes him home and is professing his love for her, the clock behind him switches from 11:38 to 11:39, then to 11:30, then back to 11:38. See more »


Dr. P: [to the class] If that's why you're here, then just get the fuck outta here.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


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User Reviews

Fun and Very Funny, But an Old Formula
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fun movie that offers exactly what the previews promise and a little more. John Heder does a great job as does Billy Bob Thornton. The only drawback of the plot is that we've seen it a million times before if you watch this genre of movie. Dr. P (Billy Bob Thornton) plays an overbearing and obnoxious school teacher teaching Roger (John Heder) and the other students how not to be wimps. The purpose of the course backfires when Roger finds out Dr. P does not like to be outdone. This movie could be compared to any comedy where the underdog must overcome the odds to win the girl. Regardless of the predictable plot, the comedy is clever and fun. This movie is worth seeing in the theater. The previews are faithful, but don't give away all of the humor. The humor is consistent throughout and it doesn't leave you tapping you fingers or looking at your watch.

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