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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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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 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,761,369, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$25,628,629
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the Italian restaurant, when Woodcock is trying to remember Farley, he says "It's coming back to me" but his lips aren't moving. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Woodcock: It's too late. She's made her mind up, Farley.
John Farley: What? My mom's the best thing that's ever happened to you.
Mr. Woodcock: One day you'll date girls and you'll understand. Once a woman makes her mind up... there's no changing it.
John Farley: Oh, I get it. You're scared. Your last marriage fell apart because she was cheating on you. Again, and again, and again.
Mr. Woodcock: The woman's a deviant, Farley. Who cares?
John Farley: So you're scared of getting hurt again?
Mr. Woodcock: Hey, spare me the self-help crap, OK? You're not a guru. You're a spoiled little ...
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Connections

References Judge Joe Brown (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from A Summer Place
Written by Max Steiner and Mack Discant
Performed by The Lettermen
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Pretty solid comedy
10 September 2007 | by eternalseaSee all my reviews

Mr. Woodcock is the sort of film that I usually dread going to see, a sort of Meet The Parents rip off in the same vein as recent pictures like Relative Strangers and Guess Who. To be fair this movie betters both of those considerably, mainly due to the talented cast at the directors reach. Seann William Scott is great for the first time since American Pie, in a much more subtle role. I expected many things after seeing this young man back in 1999 and The Dukes of Hazzard and American Wedding weren't among them, so to see him hit the comic notes perfectly again is quite refreshing. Thornton ever since heavy success with Bad Santa back in 2003 has been making a career of playing weirdos (usually mean ones) and as Woodcock he's a solid choice who digs up several strong laughs. Sarandon is a lot more cardboard and ultimately unmemorable in her role, you forget her character at times but I guess thats all the script wanted and shes a pretty good actress to snare for the part. The story is pretty strong and a really good idea for the most part, the whole idea should have nerds everywhere rejoicing and cringing in equal amounts. The comedy does feel slight when taken against the premise but at the same time it's never overly offensive or dumb. The script has ups and downs in terms of gags, but the overall feeling is pleasantly entertaining. I enjoyed this movie and probably would happily suggest you pick it up on DVD when it hits the Summer sales next year or indeed give it a rental on initial release.


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