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School for Scoundrels (2006)

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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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The passive are about to get aggressive. 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:

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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)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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

Dr. P: There are two kinds of men in the world: those who run shit, like me, and those who eat shit, like you.
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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 »

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Tivoli-Rutsch-Walzer, Op. 39
Written by Johann Strauss Sr.
Performed by the Gaudier Ensemble
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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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.


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