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Mr. Woodcock (2007)

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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 middle school hell for generations of students.


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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 Dave Kuhr ... Bookish Guy
Lisa K. Wyatt ... Housewife
Kurt Fuller ... Councilman Luke


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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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) See more »

Also Known As:

Adivina con quién salgo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,761,369, 16 September 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,628,629, 4 November 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Farley reunites with Nedderman at Toby's, Farley's Journey shirt goes from sweaty to not-sweaty to very sweaty. See more »


Beverly Farley: Uh, you ready for dinner?
Mr. Woodcock: Mm hmm. I don't know about you, but I've been thinking about meat all day long.
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References Judge Joe Brown (1998) See more »


Sketches (20 Something Life)
Written by Bjorn Baillie, Simon Baillie, Nick Haworth and Alan Redmond
Performed by La Rocca
Courtesy of Dangerbird Records
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One of the WORST comedies in recent years!
21 September 2007 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

This so-called comedy is horrendous on all levels, and worst of all--it's boring! It's forgettable! This doesn't even fall into the so-bad-it's good category. About the only positive thing I can say about "Mr. Woodcock" is that it's only a little under 80 minutes long. I was looking forward to seeing the flick, since I am a pretty big Billy Bob Thornton fan. Unfortunately, with this movie, he has officially completed the trifecta of duds. First there was "School for Scoundrels," which was mediocre. Then there was "The Astronaut Farmer," which was also mediocre. Now we have "Mr. Woodcock," which is downright awful. There are many actors who I admire and even adore, who have done a fair share of bad movies, but for some reason (before these three movies) I can't think of any less-than-satisfying ones that Billy Bob has done, except for maybe "Waking Up in Reno." It seems like he has reached the I'm-just-here-to-pick-up-my-paycheck phase of his career.

The movie has an interesting premise. We all have had crappy gym teachers in the past. Unfortunately, the plot goes nowhere and flings us into one implausible, sitcom-level situation after another. My main problem with the plot is that we're supposed to believe that Mr. Woodcock is a gem to everyone, except Seann William Scott's character. Susan Sarandon's character supposedly finds this man charming, when in all actuality he doesn't show even an ounce of charm throughout the flick. Maybe it would've been funny if he were really mean towards Scott, yet he acts like the nicest guy towards everybody else. We're even supposed to believe that all the townsfolk in this sleepy Midwestern town think he's a great person.

My second problem with the plot? Seann William Scott transforms from a calm, mild-mannered motivational speaker to an insane wreck...within a matter of 10 minutes! What kind of character arc is that? First of all, Scott is sadly miscast in his role. Personally, I don't think he possesses much range as an actor. He's Stiffler...that's that! Any role that doesn't require him to be a rude, foul-mouthed weasel takes him out of his element. I was never convinced that Scott was a well-meaning motivational speaker with worldwide acclaim. Amy Poehler, of "SNL" infamy, tries to steal the show with her snappy one-liners. Unfortunately, she's just as talentless as the rest of "SNL's" current cast, and does nothing to breathe life into this comatose flick.

The gags are absolutely predictable and brainless. As if this would surprise anyone, this is another one of those comedies where all the good jokes are given away in the trailer. There's one gag involving a video camera accidentally being left running while Ethan Suplee's character gabs on and on about how hot Scott's mother is. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to discover that there's going to be a later scene, where Susan Sarandon walks in as the video is playing on a TV screen. Not to mention each gag is delivered with all the gusto of a student filmmaker.

This movie is such a waste of two brilliant actors. Billy Bob sleeps through his role, keeping the same sneering expression every minute he's on screen. I can't blame him. Like I said before, he probably just did the film to collect a paycheck. Susan Sarandon is forced to play an utterly brainless character, who falls for Woodcock's charm, despite the fact that he has none! I can't recall a worse film she's ever done. I hope her paycheck was pretty huge as well.

Plain and simple, this is another lamebrain comedy you should skip. I wouldn't even recommend this on DVD. If you happen to catch it on cable, please change the channel. I can think of a lot of bad comedies that have come out in recent years, but few as merit-less as this one.

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