5.9/10
28,207
101 user 108 critic

School for Scoundrels (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 29 September 2006 (USA)
Trailer
0:32 | Trailer
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 it turns out his teacher has the same agenda.

Director:

Todd Phillips

Writers:

Todd Phillips (screenplay), Scot Armstrong (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
4,618 ( 2,315)
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red and white Ford Gran Torino, with the help of a police snitch called "Huggy Bear".

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg
Road Trip (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
Old School (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Bittersweet Motel is a documentary about the popular rock band Phish. The film focuses on Phish's music, with little emphasis on their die-hard fan base.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon
Due Date (2010)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan
Frat House (1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Directors: Andrew Gurland, Todd Phillips
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon
War Dogs (2016)
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Making of mockumentary of Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Jason Bateman, Stuart Cornfeld, Carmen Electra
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Owen Wilson, Josh Peck, Alex Frost
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the run.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Somebody's gonna GET SCHOOLED! [DVD] See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Better Man See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,602,333, 1 October 2006

Gross USA:

$17,807,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,470,583
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Aziz Ansari's unnamed character's only dialogue is a short scene with fellow classmate Ernie (Jon Glaser). The two actors would later have major roles in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" as Tom Haverford and Councilman Jeremy Jamm respectively. See more »

Goofs

A defibrillator delivers one instantaneous jolt, not an extended current. Once the paddles discharge through a conductor (like the human body), they are no longer electrified until he machine is activated again and can build up a charge. See more »

Quotes

Eli: [when he grabs his paintball gun] It says here that the shooter must maintain a 100-yard distance from target.
Dr. P: [shoots Eli in the chest] Anyone else wanna read their gun?
See more »

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

Remake of School for Scoundrels (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Dimension
Written by Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett
Performed by Wolfmother
Courtesy of Modular / Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A barely passable comedy lacking in originality
17 October 2008 | by sme_no_densetsuSee all my reviews

"School for Scoundrels" tells the well worn story of a pushover who learns to become more assertive so that he can take charge of his life and finally get the girl. I didn't realize that the film was a remake but the fact that I found it hackneyed to begin with gives an idea of the level of originality we're dealing with here.

The cast contains a number of talented and funny individuals but they are unfortunately let down by the material. Looking at the cast list it's difficult to believe that the film is as mediocre as it is. The script just doesn't deliver the goods comedically and the story's too unoriginal to grab your attention. The technical aspect is no better than average either but I must admit that the soundtrack was pretty nifty.

In the end, I can only recommend this flick if you're absolutely starved for some comedy. There's little to be had here though those who don't mind clichéd stories may appreciate it more than I have.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 101 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed