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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.

Director:

Todd Phillips

Writers:

Todd Phillips (screenplay), Scot Armstrong (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Dr. P
Jon Heder ... Roger Waddell
Jacinda Barrett ... Amanda
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Lesher
Sarah Silverman ... Becky
David Cross ... Ian
Matt Walsh ... Walsh
Horatio Sanz ... Diego
Todd Louiso ... Eli
Jon Glaser ... Ernie
Paul Scheer ... Little Pete
Ben Stiller ... Lonnie Radcliff
Luis Guzmán ... Sergeant Moorehead
Dan Fogler ... Zack
DeRay Davis ... Bee Bee
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Nice Guys Graduate Last. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sexual content, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Better Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,602,333, 1 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,803,796, 17 December 2006
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Bob Thornton (Dr. P) and Jessica Stroup (Eli's wife) both appeared in The Informers (2008) two years after this film. See more »

Goofs

Roger goes to visit Lonnie in Peekskill, a suburb about an hour away from Manhattan. From Grand Central Terminal Roger would take the Hudson Line to get to Peekskill. As of 2008 the Hudson Line still uses the older trains with red and blue chairs. The train Roger is on has blue and green chairs, which are seen on other lines. Basically the train Roger is seen on would not have taken him to Peekskill. See more »

Quotes

Roger: Who's the lion now, bitch!
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Alternate Versions

Home video release include the 'Unrated Ballbuster Edition' which is 8 minutes longer than the theatrical release. There is an alternative ending.That is only available on DVDs. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Fight Club (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Mr. Nice Guy
Written by Alice Cooper and Michael Bruce
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Saw a preview - very funny in parts
7 September 2006 | by mikeontheriverSee all my reviews

I saw a preview yesterday, and the movie is very funny in parts. I laughed so hard I cried a couple of times. On the other hand, there are times when the movie seems to drag on too long. In my opinion, this movie is two stories in one - and one works great, and the other not so much. The whole school for scoundrels thing is hysterical. Any scene with Heder and his buddies had the audience roaring. Jon Glaser was my favorite - will somebody get this guy his own movie, please?! But everything outside that was definitely not on the same level. Even the brilliant Ben Stiller, Sara Silverman and David Cross didn't work nearly as well, nor did the scenes of competition between Heder and Thornton. It's still worth seeing for the scenes that do work with his buddies though, as you don't get to laugh that hard too often. - Mikeontheriver


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