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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jasper Woodcock
... John Farley
... Beverly Farley
... Maggie
... Tracy
... Nedderman
... Nedderman's Brother
... Young Farley
... Young Nedderman
Joseph Michael Sargent ... Young Watson
... Hal - Barber #1
... Barber #2
Dave Kuhr ... Bookish Guy
... Housewife
... Councilman Luke
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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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Letting Go Of Your Past Is Hard... Especially When It's Dating Your Mom. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference | See all certifications »

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14 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adivina con quién salgo  »

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$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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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 »

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When Farley and Nedderman are about to break into Mr. Woodcock's house to plant the video camera, we see several shots of them moving through the yard and into the house, and neither one is carrying the camera. See more »

Quotes

John Farley: When you make a blame sandwich, you gotta be ready to eat it yourself.
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Featured in Pick Up the Pace: Making 'Mr. Woodcock' (2008) See more »

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Written by John Ugarte
Performed by Lindemark Music Collection
Courtesy of Lindemark Music Collection
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More mediocre comedy from Thornton-on-autopilot
1 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Like last year's School for Scoundrels, Woodcock is yet another movie in which Billy Bob Thornton plays a violent dick (no pun intended) and fails to be anywhere near as funny as he should be, thanks to a sloppy, almost laugh-less script. To make matters worse, he's not the only comedian whose considerable talents are wasted on this predictable mess; Ethan Suplee and Seann William Scott, two of the funniest men alive, have nearly nothing to do with their characters. Speaking of predictability, here's a cliché for you: Seen the trailer? Then you've seen the movie. Just about every truly funny part was crammed into the commercials.

I love Bad Santa and all, but it has really done more harm than good seeing as another Thornton-acts-like-a-sociopath-and-gets-away-with-it "comedy" gets released every year. He is an amazing actor and totally wasted on these forgettable carbon copies. I'm not denying that I laughed a couple of times ('cause let's face it, Thornton abusing kids is funny by default) but in the end Woodcock is just a half-baked comedy-drama which is neither hilarious nor touching.


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