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 middle school hell for generations of students.

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Craig Gillespie

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jasper Woodcock
Seann William Scott ... John Farley
Susan Sarandon ... Beverly Farley
Amy Poehler ... Maggie
Melissa Sagemiller ... Tracy
Ethan Suplee ... Nedderman
Jacob Davich ... Nedderman's Brother
Kyley Baldridge ... Young Farley
Alec George ... Young Nedderman
Joseph Michael Sargent Joseph Michael Sargent ... Young Watson
M.C. Gainey ... Hal - Barber #1
Brent Briscoe ... Barber #2
Dave Kuhr ... Bookish Guy
Lisa K. Wyatt ... Housewife
Kurt Fuller ... Councilman Luke
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Letting Go Of Your Past Is Hard... Especially When It's Dating Your Mom. See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

The Ramona Dynasty Band from Riverside California was featured as the local high school marching band in 2 scenes. See more »

Goofs

Farley's agent calls him from a plane using a cell phone. It seems that the plane is in the air during this scene. Talking on a cell phone would be not be allowed during a flight. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mr. Woodcock: Set of ten!
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Connections

Referenced in Monsters University (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Daeya
Written by Donna Rowlins and Eliot Waldhorn
Performed by Donatella
Courtesy of Imaginary Friends Music Partners
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Diving to Miss the Dodgeballs of Life.
27 December 2007 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Successful novelist Seann William Scott returns to his hometown to be honored for his career. His mother (Susan Sarandon) now dates the titled character (Billy Bob Thornton), Scott's former gym teacher who forever tormented and belittled him as a husky youth. Thus Scott must now break the two up and forever exorcise Thorton from his life and his past. Nickel and dime production of the simplest sort with admittedly bigger names than usual. Thornton's dead-pan, dead-eye approach is funny and effective to an extent. However, he lacks the material he had in similar ventures ("Bad Santa"). Sarandon seems like she is in the wrong movie all together and Scott still has that "American Pie" tendency to annoy rather than entertain the masses. Not bad for a chuckle and short enough to be painless, but it hardly makes a cinematic impression at all. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Woodcock See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,100,000, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$25,799,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,683,200
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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