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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 it turns out 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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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 »

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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
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Diego (Horatio Sanz) says, "Things are going to change, I can feel it," quoting Beck's song, "Loser." See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, after Dr. P drops the defibrillator paddles on Roger, he is seen shaking like he has been shocked even though only one paddle is on him and the other can be seen on the ground. The circuit would be open the second the other paddle is not touching his body. See more »

Quotes

Lesher: Manila. Dr. P specifically said manila. This is off-white.
Roger: Sorry.
Lesher: Sorry doesn't make it manila.
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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

References 24 (2001) See more »

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Where The Hood At
Performed By DMX
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Starts off fresh, then just settles on stale
26 September 2006 | by bartonfink-1See all my reviews

Went to preview screening last night and was pleasantly amused for the first hour but then it just went downhill. Jon Heder's performance is pretty much flat, not bad in any way except that it does nothing to beyond what was on the page. This is typical of most of the cast who seem to be engaged in some sort of paint by numbers exercise. Even Billy Bob Thorton who is well cast as a drill instructor for losers loses steam. Todd Luiso, best known for the wimpy employee in High Fidelity is probably the only actor that manages to turn in something worthy of appreciation. There is an oneupmanship sequence reminiscent of "Rushmore" but only serves to make one wish they were watching that instead. Wait till it's in the video store and you have trouble agreeing what to rent and need something bland.


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